Mauritius allows foreign visitors to claim the VAT that they have paid on their shopping in Mauritius to be refunded. On departure visitors travelling by air may claim the VAT Refund at the MCCI Tax Refund Counter at SSR International Airport. Cruise ship visitors should inquire with their ship where to collect their refund before the ship leaves Mauritius.
When making their purchase, all visitors have to give their nationality, foreign passport number, date of departure and flight/voyage number, all of which will be entered on the VAT Paid Supplies To Visitor Claim Form. Only purchases from shops authorised by the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) and registered with the MCCI displaying the "TAX REFUND" sign are entitled to the refund.
MCCI operates a Tax Refund counter at the SSR International Airport for refund of tax paid on purchases made by visitors having a foreign passport. The VAT refund can be made in the following currencies: Euro (EUR), British Pound (GBP), US dollar (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR).
WHERE TO SHOP?
Shop at stores displaying the Tax Refund logo and ask for a VAT PAID SUPPLIES TO VISITORS Sales Receipt when your purchases total a minimum of MUR2,300 (VAT included) per store. Check that your passport and departure details (flight or sea voyage) have been properly entered on your sales receipt.
On arriving at the SSR International Airport and before checking-in on your departure flight, get your sales receipts approved at the MRA Customs Counter in the check-in hall.
The refund procedure for cruise ships depends on the individual arrangements made between the ship’s captain and the relevant Mauritian authorities at the point of calling.
HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR REFUND?
After going through passport and security control, go to the MCCI Tax Refund Counter in the main departure lounge and present your approved VAT PAID SUPPLIES TO VISITORS Sales receipts to collect your refund.
The Bank of Mauritius (BOM) exchange rate for notes for the previous working day is used. For full information on exchange rates, click here to access the official website of the Bank of Mauritius.