Living in Mauritius guide

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The expatriate guide to Mauritius is your reference tool to carry out your expatriation project for you and your family. You will find useful information and advice on how to make a success of your life in Mauritius

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Mauritius

Opening a bank account in Mauritius

If you are living in Mauritius, it might be beneficial to open a bank account as it will help you better manage your ...

The health system in Mauritius

Access to quality healthcare and medical facilities is a key factor when looking to move abroad. Mauritius has a ...

How has COVID-19 changed life in Mauritius?

Mauritius started quarantining all passengers arriving from China on January 21 2020 - a week before the World Health ...

Moving to Mauritius with your pet

Non-resident pet owners need to seek approval for Residence Permit before bringing their pet to Mauritius. Once the permit ...

Premium Visa in Mauritius

Mauritius now offers foreign nationals of all ages the opportunity to settle under its skies without entering the labour market ...

Work in Mauritius

With emerging economic sectors and the government's investment in ongoing development in Mauritius, the country is quite ...

Culture in Mauritius

Learning about the local lifestyle is a crucial part in adapting oneself to a new culture. Here are the most important things you ...

Customs in Mauritius

Before relocating to Mauritius, it's important to know what you can bring along with you in your luggages. To help you ...

Transportation in Mauritius

Wondering about transportation in Mauritius? The following local transportation system guide has been created with ...

Leisure activities in Mauritius

Are you looking for things to do in Mauritius? Expat.com has curated the following list of leisure activities in Mauritius ...

Driver's licence in Mauritius

In order to obtain a Mauritian driving licence, you must go through the Police Commissioner. The ...

Health risks in Mauritius

Mauritius is an attractive destination as most visitors (especially EU Nationals) do not require any vaccinations prior to coming ...

Accommodation in Mauritius

In order to find a place to call home in Mauritius, you need patience and a good sense of awareness and judgement. Here is ...

Education in Mauritius

In Mauritius, education is mandatory for students up to the age of 16, and is free from primary to secondary level and is ...

Study in Mauritius

Mauritius offers a high-quality education, which is the reason there are quite a few international students ...

About Mauritius

The island state's political and economic situation has been stable since gaining independence on 12th March 1968, and it was eventually declared a republic in 1992, with a multi-party parliamentary democracy. Mauritius' natural wonders have resulted in the creation of countless luxury resorts, which provide foreign professionals in the tourism sector with five-star job opportunities and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, a range of water and land-based activities will keep expatriates entertained in their free time ' from kitesurfing, hiking or horse riding after work, to playing golf on championship-standard courses over the weekend.

Wildlife tourism is also gaining in popularity on Mauritius, which has saved more bird species from extinction than any other country in the world; and you can even see giant tortoises roaming freely on île aux Aigrettes!

If that weren't enough, Mauritius deserves a round of applause for its standards of culinary excellence, whether in fine-dining restaurants or beach shacks serving fish fresh off the boat. The varied influences of the island's Indian, French, Chinese, and Creole communities have created a diversity of delicious dishes that will leave you tongue-tied. As will the variety of languages that reflect the range of cultures that exist on the island. The main languages spoken are French, which tends to be used in education and the media; Mauritian Creole, which is a French-based Creole that is spoken by around 90% of the population; and English, which is the official language of parliament. However, most Mauritians are bi-lingual or even tri-lingual, which makes it easier for expats to get by and make friends!

Since the times of being dependent mainly on sugar exports, the island has come a long way. It has built up strong financial services and outsourcing sector, and it now boasts one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. The strong earnings of its tourism industry also contribute greatly to the economy and, luckily for expatriates, future foreign investment and expatriate employment is likely to be welcome to further stimulate growth.

However, the republic does now need to focus on reducing inequality and boosting shared prosperity, as the low employment rate reveals an imbalance in the composition of labour in high-growth sectors. In the face of potentially rapid economic development, education and skills training of the island's inhabitants is imperative, as demand for labour in traditionally low-skilled sectors, such as sugar and textiles, has decreased.

Quick Information

Official Languages : English , Bhojpuri , French
Currency : Rupee
Area : 2040 Km2
Population : 1294104
Calling Code : +230
Timezone : Indian/Mauritius

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