Mauritius Country Profile

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Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    No provisions
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    6 years
    The last year must be uninterrupted.
  • Physical presence requirement
  • Language test
    Yes, English, French, Creole or others.
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    4 years / 4 years
    Must be both married and reside in the country for 4 years.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    No provisions
  • Citizens of specific countries
    No provisions
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
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  • Taxation Type
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.

But tax on foreign income applies only if money is remitted to Mauritius.
Schiff Sovereign's Take on Mauritius
Mauritius is an East African island situated in the Indian Ocean. Outside of Covid times, its beaches, wildlife, and natural riches attract over a million tourists per year from all over the world.

Mauritius is generally well developed, safe, and boasts a decent quality passport – in stark difference to most of the other countries situated in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The majority of its population consists of people of Indian descent. Yet the country is located about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) off the southeastern coast of the African continent. So it’s hard to say where exactly it “belongs” as a country.

It’s very remote, which probably nixes it off most Westerners’ lists as a place to live. The remoteness might, of course, render Mauritius attractive if you want to live off the radar. But with a million people living there, it’s not exactly sparsely populated.

In any case, Mauritius was one of the first countries to launch a Digital Nomad Visa program, allowing you to spend an entire year in the country as a foreigner.

Then, the island is also known as a low-tax offshore jurisdiction.

The country’s offshore sector is highly tied to the Indian economy. So if you are interested in investing in India (or Africa), a Mauritius company might make a lot of sense. Wealthy Indian nationals, in particular, use Mauritius to invest outside of India, so there’s a lot of both inbound and outbound Indian money flowing through Mauritius.

The country is also a reasonable banking jurisdiction. Its banks are well capitalized and liquid, and opening a bank account there remotely is still possible.
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Mauritius Overview
  • Region
    Sub Saharan Africa
  • Capital City
    Port Louis
  • Largest City
    Port Louis
  • Currency
    Mauritian rupee
  • Languages
    Creole, French, English
  • Population
    1.3 million (158th)
  • Life Expectancy
    74.9 years (128th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $11.5 billion (150th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $9,079 (93rd)
Useful Data
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  • Cost of Living
    Very cheap (2/7)
  • Climate
    Comfortable (2/5)
  • Safety
    Very Safe (2/7)
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    Moderate (3/5)

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