Retire in Covid-Safe Mauritius

The global health outlook, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, has made safety and security a prime concern for the elderly people. Mauritius is recognised to have successfully managed the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting adequate sanitary measures. The country is now safe for circulation, work, leisure, dining, and other activities.

The demand for retiring in Mauritius by non-citizens from various countries is on the rise. The validity period of a residence permit issued to non-citizen retirees, aged at least 50 years, has been extended from 3 to 10 years since September 2020, for a monthly sustenance transfer of just USD 1,500 over the duration of the permit.

A retired non-citizen issued with a residence permit can be accompanied in Mauritius by his spouse, children aged 24 years or below, and parents.

The accommodation options available to retired non-citizens are multiple, ranging from leasing lifestyle apartments and luxury villas to being the owner of a residential unit under approved residential schemes. Senior living residences are also popular options that offer a peer environment, health care, and a range of facilities for recreation and socialising.

Relocating to Mauritius for retirement also offers various advantages, including access to state-of-the-art health care facilities. Retirees can also invest in businesses in Mauritius, provided that no executive position is held, and no employment benefit is derived.

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“I have to let you know that before making this decision I visited many countries to compare the pros and cons ; Italy, Spain, Portugal, Monte negro, Croatia, Italy, Morocco,Thailand, Vietnam and Mauritius, for several years. All these countries have advantages and disadvantages for a future retiree! But it was during several stays in Mauritius that I decided to come and end my days here because it is Mauritius which best answered all my requirements.

So below are the motivating factors:
1. Beauty of the island, the sea and its beaches
2. Smile and cordiality of its population
3. Temperate climate all year round
4. Mauritian language: English and French spoken throughout the island
5. Very interesting cost of living compared to many others
6. Quality of contacts and exchanges with the authorities who are always open to answer your questions
7. Obviously when you leave your country of origin (France for me) you bring your savings back to the adopted country, and the Banks as well as the governance in Mauritius are reliable!

So this analysis makes it possible to bring currencies into the island without fear of losing money when the situation changes.
All these positive points led to my decision and I advise my friends who are retiring to come join me because life here is sweet!”
French Retiree
I am 73 years old and French. My criteria for choosing Mauritius as my retirement destination include social peace, financial opportunities, good health care network, French school network, warm climate, friendly population, beaches, beautiful hotels, and golf courses.

I have traveled the world several times ; I have lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Sydney, and Noumea. I know the Caribbean and all of South East Asia very well.
Mauritius is by far the best choice and we have been living here since August 2016; I was granted the right to stay until 2029.
We (my wife and 15 year old child) are thrilled.
- My investments (350,000 €) bring me an average of 5.5% / year without taxes,
- French schools are of a good standard and at a reasonable cost.
- The clinics and hospitals are quite satisfactory ... dentist appointment or other within 48 hours.
- CFE affiliation
- Winter season (!) 5 months, warm season 7 months. The sea temperature is around 25 degrees
- Rent and the cost of living are lower here than in France
- 10 18-hole golf courses with outstanding maintenance
- French language understood and spoken by the entire population
- French TV widely available.
- All water sports, magnificent landscapes etc.

You have to visit Mauritius (aleast for one week) to form an opinion.”
French Retiree