Moving well in Mauritius
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius turns out to be a charming destination which is extremely attractive for expatriation. Indeed, between retirees, professionals and a few individuals, the number of people wishing to live on the island continues to increase. Attracted by the sweetness of life, its long white sandy beaches, its turquoise water, but also the tax advantages and stable economic growth, a welcoming population and a sunniest climate, how can you resist the appeal of Mauritius? ? However, how do you move to the other side of the world when you live in France? Are there criteria for expatriating and moving to Mauritius?
Settle in Mauritius
Mauritius stretches over 60 km long and 50 km wide. Thus, you have the choice of the place of your future residence. Precisely, if you work in the trade, it is recommended to settle in the north of the island. On the other hand, if you prefer landscapes (more or less wild nature), the east of the island is for you. The south of the island is more intended for contemplatives who dream of landscapes and serenity, it is also where you find the most locals. On the other hand, it is impossible to swim, because the edges of the ocean are very dangerous. Finally, the western region of Mauritius is surely the driest, the most arid, the hottest, which is why most tourists come there in winter. Depending on your expectations and your needs, it is quite possible for you to find a house to rent to start your expatriation. However, you need a relatively large budget to enjoy real comfort at home. Depending on your status, you can directly buy real estate, work on the island and live permanently. This is the case with permanent resident status. You obtain it under 3 conditions: • Be an investor for 3 years with a turnover of over 375,000 euros. • Have been an individual entrepreneur for 3 years with an annual income exceeding 75,000 euros. • Have a spouse and Mauritian citizen residing on the island.
Living in Mauritius
Expatriating and moving to Mauritius remains the dream of many metropolitan residents. Indeed, on a professional level, the island offers a perfect setting for doing business and developing your business. Unlike other countries or islands, you don’t need to partner with a Mauritian to show your business. In addition, the country has a very generous tax regime compared to other countries such as France. Concretely, you are exempt on 15% of the dividends of the companies and of your income. The island also has interesting infrastructures: a modern port, roads in good condition, sea and air connections with the big cities of the world, Internet connectivity of excellent quality. As for the cost of living, it depends a lot on the city or even the neighborhood where you live. It is recommended to buy its vegetables and fruits in markets instead of supermarkets, so you avoid overpriced imported products.
The cost of living remains lower than in France.
The value of real estate depends on various criteria such as the location, the exposure of the property, the quality of the construction and the services offered. For all those who wish to move to Mauritius, the association “Maurice Accueil” provides a lot of advice for a successful installation.
Organize your move to Mauritius
An international move to an island like Mauritius deserves special attention. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the necessary time, get information from the official bodies and study all the offers and conditions of the carriers. We recommend, especially if your move and your installation are permanent, to resell certain furniture, certain objects before your departure. You can always buy them back on site. By doing this, you reduce the volume of business to be transported, and therefore the cost of transport. Note that most of the houses and apartments that are for rent in Mauritius are furnished and equipped with household appliances.
The mover’s choice
It is essential, even essential, to choose the mover that is right for you. It is essential that this one is an international mover. If it can be referenced with professional associations such as the IAM (International Association of Movers) or the FEDEMAC (Federation of European Movers), it is a significant plus. In this specific context, ADC offers you high quality services. Indeed, we have a structured network and help you with customs clearance formalities. We have the FAIM certification which is a guarantee on the competence and reliability of our movers. All in all, a safe move.
Make a first sort
A move to Mauritius requires relieving yourself of the superfluous, not to mention that it considerably lightens your luggage and that the cost of transport is reduced. Consider reselling some items, as you can most likely buy similar ones on the island. On the other hand, be sure to take into account that buying certain objects or furniture in Mauritius does not necessarily cost less than taking those you own. It is a choice to be made with reflection.
Determine the volume to be moved
An international moving expert like ADC movers can come to your home to assess the volume to be transported. Thus, he will offer you transport by pallet, container or not canteen. A moving contract must be signed between the company and yourself. This contract includes essential points to respect: • Your departure address for the collection of goods • Your arrival address in Mauritius • The volume of your business • The type and time of transport • The services of the carrier and its obligations (to be defined with you: dismantling the furniture, packing the belongings in part or in full, supplying boxes and packaging, etc.) • The total price • The conditions of delivery to your home • A possible insurance coverage. When declaring the value of your personal effects, this can be an advantage. It is therefore necessary to fulfill upstream the terms of compensation in the event of loss, damage or unforeseen events. As a general rule, you must provide the value of each item whose price varies between 150 and 300 euros. This estimate is important, because without it, the moving contract may be void. However, once the estimate is signed, the moving company must receive it at least 5 days before the start of D-Day. Likewise, do not forget to draw up a precise list of the contents of the container which transports your belongings in order to establish a so-called declaration of value. This list is essential to make your estimate and to fix a possible compensation according to the damage. Depending on the size and volume of the goods, damage insurance may be offered to cover unforeseen transport damage. The transport of your belongings to Mauritius varies between 4 and 5 weeks. It is an international move, so you have to use the road network in France as well as maritime transport. Usually, the mover will give you a date that coincides with the departure of the freighters.
Customs clearance of the container
When your business arrives in Mauritius, you are notified and invited to go to the MRA (Mauritius Revenue Authority) in order to carry out customs clearance formalities. Bring your identity papers, a list of your belongings and their valuation and finally the “Occupation permit” (residence permit) that you will have requested before your departure from France. This permit allows you to remove your container from the docks otherwise it will remain blocked in customs. The guarding of a container is of course chargeable. Regarding the residence permit, it should be noted that the Mauritian government has set up RES and IRS labels which are granted to main residences or luxury villas. These labels are marketed to foreigners who wish to settle on the island. They guarantee obtaining the famous residence permit on Mauritian soil.
The arrival of your container
During your meeting at the docks, customs control opens the container in your presence. You should know that all or part of your packaging and your boxes can be opened to check the contents. For Mauritius, it may happen that some movers do not ensure the delivery of your goods to the final destination, but only until the arrival at the port. You must then add other costs to repatriate your belongings to your home. As for your personal effects, you have no tax to pay as soon as you have owned the said belongings for 1 year. They must not be intended for resale or be transferred to a third party on site. Your personal effects include household products (clothes, appliances, stereo, TV, furniture, photos, etc.). As we can see, a move to Mauritius is not something that is decided on a whim. We recommend that you prepare well at least 3 months before the deadline. This step sometimes reserves unforeseen events, so they must be considered to prevent if necessary. Do not forget to check the essential points which are the choice of your carrier, the evaluation of your goods and businesses and especially to determine your financial capacity.