The cost of living for South Africans in Mauritius: what to expect

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The cost of living for South Africans in Mauritius

The cost of living in Mauritius differs according to lifestyle and location. However, in comparison to many other African countries, it is generally regarded as relatively high. South Africans can expect to pay the following for living expenses in Mauritius:

Accommodation

Accommodation costs vary depending on location and type of housing in Mauritius. Renting an apartment in a major city such as Port Louis can be expensive, whereas renting a house or apartment in a smaller town or village may be less costly.

Food

Prices for food in Mauritius vary depending on where and how it is purchased. Eating out can be expensive, but buying groceries and cooking at home can be less expensive.

Transport


The cost of transportation in Mauritius varies according to mode of transport. Although public transportation is relatively inexpensive, owning a car can be expensive due to fuel and insurance costs.

Healthcare

Healthcare costs in Mauritius can be relatively high, especially for expats who are not covered by a local insurance plan. Expats should obtain private health insurance to ensure access to high-quality care.

Entertainment

The cost of entertainment in Mauritius varies by activity. Going to the movies or to a concert can be expensive, whereas going to the beach or doing outdoor activities can be less expensive.

Taxes

Mauritius has relatively high taxes, with a 15% VAT on most goods and services.

Education

Education in Mauritius can be costly, particularly for expats who send their children to international schools.

To summarise, the cost of living in Mauritius can be relatively high, with higher prices for housing, food, transportation, healthcare, entertainment, and taxes than in South Africa. It can, however, differ depending on a person's lifestyle and location. South Africans should factor these costs into their budgets before moving to Mauritius.

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Karen Thornalley

2023-01-16 05:04:33

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