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Starting your investment journey in Mauritius is seamless and efficient. 

Our tips and guides will point you in the right direction for an easy start.

If you are a business or self-employed you can choose the structure that best suits you.  The Companies Act 2001 provides for a variety of options available to Investors in terms of category, nature, and type of company and each structure offers various benefits and considerations.  More information about the different business structures is available on the website of the Corporate and Business Registration Department (CBRD).

 

Availability of a name can be checked online and is free of charge.

Note: Reservation of names is not mandatory to incorporate and register a business.

A trademark/ service mark/ collective trademark can be registered by filing an application with the Mauritius Industrial Property Office, 7th Floor, Moorgate House, Sir William Newton Street, Port Louis and pay the required fees.  Registration is not mandatory and is valid for 10 years, renewable every 10 years thereafter upon payment of prescribed fees. More information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.

 

The Corporate and Business Registration Department (CBRD) will be a  one-stop-shop for starting a business. 

Step 1:  The applicant needs to sign in on the system and follow the guidelines to incorporate a company or register a business.

Step 2:  The applicant effects payment and shall receive an electronic business registration card and/or an e-certificate of incorporation

Note:

  1. Applicants will have the opportunity to effect lumped payment for trade fees at the time of payment of incorporation/ registration fees online.
  2. If payment of trade fees was not effected at the time of incorporation/registration, the applicant shall login on the same platform and effect payment within 15 days after the start of operations as per the provisions of the Local Government Act 2011.
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Important information:

  • Companies are automatically Registered as employers with the Mauritius Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity upon Incorporation
  • No seal is required by law while transacting with third parties except for global business companies as required by other countries.
  • Once registered, the electronic Business Registration Card is issued with the Business Registration Number (BRN), which is a unique identification number for the company.
  • The E-Certificate of Incorporation is issued at no extra cost and is a valid KYC document. The authenticity of the Electronic Certificate of Incorporation can be verified on the website of the CBRD.

Once registered, a business can open a business bank account.  The list of registered commercial and corporate banks operating in Mauritius is available on the website of the Bank of Mauritius.

The following documents are generally required by banks:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Business Registration Card
  • Certified copy of the company’s board minutes authorising the opening of the account(s)
  • Latest annual return applicable for companies being incorporated at least 18 months of operations
  • Business plan mentioning source of funds
  • Other documents.

Additional documents may be requested by banks on a case-by case basis. In addition, banks reserve the right to reject the business account application.