Mauritius has one of the most competitive economies in Africa. It enjoys a good investment climate, governance that is considered sufficiently transparent and a great deal of economic freedom. Added to this, an idyllic setting made up of sandy beaches and blue lagoon water, all reasons to consider doing an internship in Mauritius,to move abroad or simply to spend a dream holiday there. In order to prepare for your departure, be sure to take out insurance tailored to your needs and situation, so as to anticipate serenely any unpleasant surprises. Among the guarantees that should be your attention: repatriation assistance, direct care in case of hospitalization, civil liability.
- Political regime: Republic of Mauritius
- Capital: Port Louis
- Area: 1860 km2
- Population: 1.3 million
- Spoken languages: English, French, Mauritian Creole
- Currency: Mauritian rupee
Visas for Mauritius
If you are a French national, you do not need a prior visa, you only need to be in possession of your valid passport, a return ticket or a continuation. A visa will then be issued upon arrival (maximum 90 days). Please note that this authorization is only valid for a tourist trip, it is not legal to carry out a professional or commercial activity during the duration of your stay, even an internship. For long-term or non-tourist stays, you will need to contact the Mauritian Consulate in order to obtain the appropriate visa.
French Embassy in Port Louis
14 St. George Street
Tel:  20 20 100
Fax:  20 20 140
Mauritius Embassy in Paris
127 Tocqueville Street
Do I need a visa to go to Mauritius?
If you are a European Union national, you do not need a visa beforehand. You must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visa will then be issued to you on arrival for a maximum of 90 days. Please note that this authorisation is only valid for a tourist trip. It is not legal to carry out a professional or commercial activity during your stay with this residence permit, even if it is only for an internship. For long term or non-touristy stays, you will need to contact the Mauritian Consulate to obtain the appropriate visa.
Tourist visa in Mauritius
Mauritius can be visited quite quickly, so generally a 3-month entry visa is sufficient. However, for one reason or another, you may need to extend your stay, for example for your family. For this, you can apply to the Immigration and Passport Office for a visa for up to 6 months. The visa is free of charge, and you will need to fill in a document, to be handed in with two standard photos, a copy of your passport, and any other additional documents that may be required by immigration.
Which visa to work in Mauritius?
If you are going to Mauritius on a professional mission, be aware that the 3-month tourist visa issued on arrival is not sufficient. You will not be allowed to carry out your professional activity.
If you want to work in Mauritius, the procedures are more elaborate, and a simple visa will not be enough. You will need a work permit to work with a Mauritian company as a professional.
Some cultural professions are however excluded from this permit and will have to be limited to a Business visa, not exceeding 90 days on site (actors, models, photographers…).
It is then up to your employer to make an official request to the authorities in order to obtain an agreement in principle. Only then can you apply for a work permit.
You will have to fill in the required documents, provide four standard photos, a photocopy of your passport, a copy of the employer’s certifications and qualifications, a job description… And the monthly salary will have to be higher than 30,000 Mauritian rupees (about 630€ per month).
The Occupation Permit in Mauritius
Depending on your situation, if you are not an employee, you can also apply for an “Occupation Permit”. This permit is intended for different categories of profiles:
- Foreign investors: who would have made an investment of €100,000 for example, and who would benefit from a turnover of at least 2 million rupees (about 40,000).
- Foreign professionals who earn a basic monthly salary of more than 60,000 rupees (about €1250). They should be accompanied by the HRD or his representative on the day of application.
- Foreign entrepreneurs who can prove an annual income of more than 600,000 rupees (€12,000) per year in the first two years, and more than 1,200,000 rupees (€25,000) in the third year.
As a worker leaving for Mauritius, and to live there, you will need to have a health protection plan. At Mondassur, we offer a range of health insurance plans that will suit your needs, whatever your profile and situation. Some of them allow you to benefit from a civil liability guarantee, protecting you in case of costs related to a civil dispute. So don’t hesitate to contact one of our advisers or to get a free quote online
Security in Mauritius
Mauritius is subject to significant climatic risks, so keep informed of weather warnings, especially between November and April when cyclones are relatively frequent. With regard to crime, the traditional rules of vigilance are to be observed, but the risk is not higher than normal.