Since 2001 the Government of Mauritius has designed 3 types of schemes for non-citizens to acquire property in Mauritius: IRS, RES, PDS which allow foreign investors to buy or develop their own projects.
The IRS (Integrated Resort Scheme) is the first scheme set up by the Mauritian Government in 2001, with the collaboration of the Economic Development Board (EDB). The land area developed under the IRS shall exceed 10 hectares.
On the other hand, the RES (Real Estate Scheme), launched in 2007, is a slimmed down version of the IRS. The thinking behind this scheme is to land area between 4 000 m2 and 10 hectares.
The PDS (Property Development Scheme) is the result of a merger of the IRS and RES, which came into force in 2005. There are no more restrictions on the maximum land area with this new scheme. This is one of the several amendments made to the PDS after the 2016/2017 budget and all units can be acquired by foreigners willing to invest in Mauritius.