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Extension of the Government Wage Assistance Scheme (GWAS) to cover the period 1st of April 2020 to 30th of April 2020 and the Self-Employed Assistance Scheme (SEAS) to cover the period 16th of April 2020 to 30th of April 2020 or the GWAS, employers will have to apply again because there could be changes in the number of employees/wage bill.A new online application form will be made available on MRA website: www.mra.mu soon.

For the Self-Employed Assistance Scheme, there is no need for a fresh application.

Payment regarding the extension of both GWAS and SEAS will be effected as from Thursday 23 April 2020.

For further information, applicants are kindly requested to visit the website of the MRA:www.mra.mu or by calling on 207 6000.

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The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Mauritius cuts the Key Repo Rate by 100 basis points.

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The State Investment Corporation Limited (SIC) in collaboration with Investment Support Programme Limited (ISP), SME Equity Fund Ltd (SEF) and Development Bank of Mauritius Ltd (DBM) have set up the COVID-19 ‘Plan de Soutien’ Cell.

The aim is assist businesses and SMEs through a series of measures such as loans by DBM, equity financing, ect.

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Click here for the Application form

The Hon. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has constituted the COVID-19 Managing Committee.

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The Economic Development Board (EDB) takes cognizance of the Curfew Order dated 22 March 2020 (General Notice No.512 of 2020) issued by the Government of Mauritius, aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Mauritius. The Curfew Order, which is effective since 23 March 2020 has been extended till 4 May 2020 until further notice.


Given the exceptional situation, the EDB wishes to inform all Freeport Developers (Third Party & Private) and Freeport operators that the processing of applications for renewal of Freeport Certificate and Storage permit will be postponed during
the lockdown period.

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The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) informs eligible self-employed individuals, who are in business, or tradespersons operating in the informal sector, that the facilities to file an application for a financial support under the Self-Employed Assistance Scheme (SEAS) are available on its website: www.mra.mu

The Economic Development Board (EDB) takes cognizance of the Curfew Order dated 22 March 2020 (General Notice No.512 of 2020) issued by the Government of Mauritius (“the Curfew Order”), aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19  in  Mauritius. The Curfew Order, which is effective since 23 March 2020 at 20:00 hrs local time has been extended till 04 May 2020 at 20:00 hrs local time.

Given the exceptional situation, the EDB wishes to inform all applicants that the processing of applications for Occupation/Residence Permits will be delayed.

As such, the following arrangements have been made, after consultation with the authorities concerned:

New applications for Occupation/Residence Permit

All applicants who have submitted their applications via the National E- Licensing System (https://business.edbmauritius.org/) and whose business/tourist visa have expired during the imposed curfew will be given a temporary extension of 3 months as from the date of expiry of the business/tourist visa by the Passport and Immigration Office.  Once the curfew is lifted, the applicants will be called for an appointment for verification of original documents and issuance of the relevant permit. 

Second Application/ Renewal cases for Occupation/Residence Permit

All applicants who have submitted their applications via the National E- Licensing System (https://business.edbmauritius.org/) and whose Occupation/ Residence permit has expired or is about to expire during the imposed curfew will be given a temporary extension of 3 months as from the date of expiry of the permit by the Passport and Immigration Office. Once the curfew is lifted, the applicants will be called for an appointment for verification of original documents and issuance of the relevant permit. 

The EDB will continue to assess the situation and applicants will be kept informed accordingly, of any changes and developments through our website.

01 April 2020

Government has set up a COVID-19 Solidarity Fund to provide support to the population and the community at large who are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Finance announces direct aid measures to support those working in the non-formal sector. 

The main concerned are, among other things, mason, hairdressers, plumbers, merchants and artists.

Among other measures, these persons will be able to receive support of up to 50 % of the minimum wage during the health cover period, that is, an amount of Rs 5,100.00 per person.

Those concerned will have to register online with the Mauritius revenue authority (www.mra.mu) or call on Telephone 207 6000.

To learn more about the measures 

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Renganaden Padayachy announces several measures to assist companies in the formal sector and employees through the Wage Support Scheme and special assistance from the Bank of Mauritius.

The state will contribute 50 % on the first Rs 25 of the monthly basic salary of an employee who receives up to Rs 50

"This outstanding support will cost the state Rs 2,6 billion for these two weeks", said Dr. Padayachy.

He said that in order to benefit from this financial support, employers must provide all the information through a form that is available on the Mauritius revenue authority (MRA) website on Monday, March 23

http://mra.mu/index.php/eservices1/corporate/gwas

After an internal check, the organization will do as soon as necessary to credit the employer s' account.

For its part, the Bank of Mauritius offers special assistance to relieve families in difficulty: These families will have a six-month moratorium on capital refund on their "household loans" from commercial banks. Those who receive a basic salary of Rs 50 will pay no interest on household loans from commercial banks from April 1 to June 30, 2020.

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Applications should be submitted on workaccesspass@govmu.org

However, employers are reminded that permits shall only be issued by the Commissioner of Police where he is satisfied that the presence of an employee at his place of work is essential for the provision of minimum service since such a permit is an exception to the general rule of restriction on the movement of persons.

Download the updated Application Form here.



Further to its Support Programme launched on Friday 13th of March 2020, the Bank of Mauritius is announcing today additional measures to support households and businesses impacted financially by COVID-19, and to ensure that the domestic rupee and foreign exchange markets continue to operate smoothly.

Please click here to access the State Investment Corporation: Support Measures for enterprises affected by Covid-19

Please click here to access the COVID-19 Measures taken by MRA due to lockdown in Mauritius

Step 1 – Download Application forms

Step 2 – Submit applications on confinementpermit@govmu.org

Step 3 - Information on Status of Application by email

Step 4 – Collection of Approved Work Access Permit to be communicated by email

Step 5 – Printing and distribution of Employee Work Access Permit by the Employer following step 4

Click here to download Application Forms 

The Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr. The Honourable Renganaden Padayachy held a press conference this afternoon to announce Government’s initiatives to address the significant challenges posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19.

In this perspective, the Minister of Finance has outlined the two-pronged approach which comprises significant measures at the Macroeconomic and Cross-Sectoral level as well as sector-specific levels.

The plan aims at providing the necessary support to economic operators across all sectors of activities including the manufacturing industry, agro-industry, SME, tourism and healthcare  with a view to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the Mauritian economy.

Download the support plan of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.