Mauritius Offshore Companies

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Incorporation of the Mauritius offshore company, IBCs, offshore corporate banking and related offshore company management services.
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Mauritius is an English speaking country in the Indian Ocean. It is a former British Colony which became independent in 1968 and joined the Commonwealth. It is basically a parliamentary democracy on the British style.

It has recently established a modern presence as an offshore financial center, with the passing of the Companies Act in 2001. The form of offshore company is the Global Business Company (GBC) Category 2 which is similar to the British Virgin Islands IBC.


  • Important New Information

    Mauritius offshore companies are now required to file accounting statements with the Registered Office and the Government. These statements are not public and are not required to be audited.

    Bank statements and invoices/receipts may be required to support the accounting statements. The applicable Mauritius Registered Office Compliance Department is empowered to query any or all bank transactions. You may also be required to provide information on the company's customers and their transactions, as required to satisfy Mauritius anti-money laundering legislation.

Offshore companies registered in Mauritius are tax free.

All incorporation documents are in English. The company name may be in CHINESE characters, if desired, and the documents legalized by the Chinese Embassy in Mauritius. A Mauritius company may do business anywhere in the world. There is no requirement for Directors and Shareholders to be resident in Mauritius and they can be of any nationality. Meetings of Directors and Shareholders can be held anywhere in the world, either in person or by phone.

Bearer shares are not allowed. Share capital is unlimited and there are no extra fees for high capitalization.

There are some important restrictions on the type of business that the company can engage in. The company cannot:

  • Engage in Banking, Insurance, Trusts, or Trusteeship services.
  • Engage in gaming.
  • Raise capital from the public.
  • Provide financial services, including financial consulting.
  • Be a Fiduciary in an investment fund or any collective investment scheme.
  • Be a Fund Manager.

Otherwise the company can engage in the usual commercial activities.

If you are in doubt, consult with Maritime International Ltd and we will advise you.


Location of Jurisdiction Mauritius - Indian Ocean
Official Language English
Political Stability Excellent
EU Savings Tax Directive Applies No
Corporate Taxes None - Read More
Tax Information Exchange Agreements Read More
Disclosure of Beneficial Owner Yes, but Nominees may be used. Read More
Requirement to File Accounts with Government No
Time to Incorporate 3-4 business days plus document issuance time. Note that if the company documents are to be apostilled this can add an extra week or more to the process.

Type of Offshore Company Global Business Company - Category 2 - Read More
Type of Law Common Law for corporate matters.
Allowed Business Activities Read Details
Registered Office/Agent Required by Law - Read More
Change of Domicile Allowed - Read More
Shelf Companies Available Yes - See Listings
Language of Documents English - Read More
Chinese Characters Allowed Yes - Read More

Eligibility Any person or company of any nationality
Minimum Number of Directors One. May be a person or a company.
Disclosure to Authorities Yes, but Nominees can be used. Read More
Residence Required May Reside Anywhere
Local Director Required No
Nominee Director Available (Recommended) Yes. Provided by Maritime International Ltd. - Read More
Location of Meetings Anywhere

Secretary Required Optional
Local Secretary Required No

Minimum Number of Shareholders One
Eligibility Any person or company of any nationality.
Disclosure to Authorities Yes, but Nominees can be used. Read More
Nominee Shareholders Available Yes. Provided by Maritime International Ltd. - Read More
Annual Shareholders Meeting Required - Read More

Minimum Number of Shares One
Maximum Number of Shares Unlimited
Bearer Shares Permitted No
Classes of Shares Permitted Read Details

Permitted Currencies Any except RS (local currency)
Minimum Paid Up Share Capital US $1.00
Maximum Share Capital Unlimited - Read More
Recommended Share Capital US$1,000
Requirement to be Paid Up Yes

Keep Accounts/Company Books Yes - Read More
Audited Accounts Required No
File Accounts with Government No
File Annual Return No
Bank Account Location Anywhere - Read More
Brokerage Account Read More
Exchange Controls No



Nominee Directors & Shareholders, Accounting Services, Corporate Identity Package, Mailing Address, Basic Account Maintenance, Invoicing Services, Employee Contracts, Document Safekeeping and general Corporate services for company changes/ restructuring etc. More details are available on our Management Services page.


Confidentiality is strictly observed in terms of the FSD Act. No person or body is authorized to disclose information or present documentation to any court, tribunal, committee or inquiry or other authority in Mauritius unless ordered to do so by a Court of Law on application by the Director of Public Prosecution for inquiry into the trafficking of narcotics and dangerous drugs, arms trafficking or money laundering as defined under existing legislation.

The identity of Directors and Shareholders must be provided to the Registrar of Companies through the filing of a Consent Form on incorporation. Confidentiality however, can be maintained through the use of nominee Directors & Shareholders, provided by Maritime International Ltd.


The following names requires the consent of the Minister to be used: Bank, Insurance, Assurance, Authority, Government, Mauritius, National, President, Presidential, Regional, Republic, State, Municipal, Chartered, Co-operative, Chamber of Commerce or any name which in the opinion of the Registrar is likely to suggest the patronage of any level of government in Mauritius or elsewhere.


The following can be used:

Limited or Ltd, Limitee or Ltee, Corporation or Corp., Incorporated or Inc, Societe Anonyme or SA and virtually any others recognized by other countries. Contact Maritime International Ltd if in doubt.

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