Cost of Living in Mauritius
Mauritius is increasingly becoming a melting pot of races and ethnicities. The nation of 1.3 million people is composed of Mauritians, Creoles, Americans, Europeans and Asians. The flourishing economy is the main driver of foreign investments and expat workers. Local and foreign investors have infused massive capital into information and communication technology, hospitality, renewable energy and property development.
The African country recently topped the Index of Economic Freedom in the investment freedom category and ranked 8th among the most free economies in the world. Mauritius ranked first among African nations in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business survey.
The cost of living in the country is relatively higher than other African nations. According to the World Bank, the country has an upper middle-income economy; it is one of the world’s top luxury destinations. Living expenses in the capital Port Louis are nearly 300% more expensive than in Karachi, India. The cost of living in Mauritius is also higher than in Thailand, South Africa, India, Romania, and Estonia. However, it is still more affordable than other major international cities such as New York, London, Paris, São Paulo and Dubai.
Based on the current exchange rate of 1 US dollar = 30.12 Mauritian rupees, a three-bedroom apartment in Port Louis may be rented for Rs30,000 per month. A month’s worth of groceries would cost Rs4,000 to Rs5,000 while utility bills (electricity, water, telephone and internet) would collectively cost Rs2,500 to Rs3,000. For leisure activities, an expat would spend Rs175 for a movie ticket or Rs100 per hour for a badminton game. Gym membership currently costs Rs1,000 per month although there are a few nature parks free for everyone.
Healthcare in Mauritius is affordable for most foreign workers. The government provides free medical services to all Mauritians and permanent residents; short-term visitors may need to pay out-of-pocket for their medical needs. Nevertheless, inexpensive facilities are found in major towns and cities. Expats are strongly advised to secure health coverage before travelling to the country to save on unexpected medical expenses. International insurers provide basic and comprehensive coverage at lower rates.
Community clinics are found in towns and cities across the country, but the larger facilities are located in the capital city. The 3 largest hospitals in Mauritius are the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital, AG Jeetoo Hospital and Victoria Hospital. Many Expats, however, prefer Apollo Bramwell Private Hospital in Moka for its cutting-edge medical equipment and top-notch specialists.
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