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BASIC COUNTRY FACTS

Union of the Comoros

Moroni

  • Comorian
  • French
  • Arabic

832,322

Comorian franc

.km

+269

Comorian franc

STATUTORY LABOR REQUIREMENTS

Probation Period

  • Probationary period cannot exceed 6 months

Annual Leave

  • Employees are entitled to paid annual leave of 22 days

Public Holidays

  1. New Year's Day (1st January)
  2. Cheikh Al Maarouf Day (18th March)
  3. Prophet's Ascension
  4. Labor Day (1st May)
  5. Eid al-Fitr
  6. Comoros National Day (6th July)
  7. Eid al-Adha
  8. Islamic New Year
  9. Prophet's Birthday

Maternity Leave

  • In the case of pregnancy every woman has the right to suspend work for the period of 14 consecutive weeks, 8 of which have to be taken after the birth.

Paternity Leave

  • There is no paternity leave

Work Hours

  • The standard working hours are 8 hours a day and 6 days a week

Overtime

  • Overtime is paid at a premium of 25% of hourly pay

Severance

  • There is no statutory severance pay

13th Month Salary in Brazil

  • No
  • There is no statutory requirement to pay the 13th or 14th month salary.
  • The only bonus available is given in the form of food and shelter to expatriates that cannot afford living in the country with their salary.
  • Annual leave is paid after one year of work. There is no evidence of any other special monetary remuneration.

INCOME TAX

  • Taxation in the Comoros is based on the French tax system. 
  • However, taxes are complex and tax rates are quite high.
  • Individual income is taxed at progressive rates up to 30 percent, which applies on income of more than KMF3.5m. 
  • No tax is paid on income up to KMF150,000. 
  • All individuals with a permanent occupation in the Comoros are subject to personal taxation.

Taxable Income

Rate (%)

Less or equal to KMF 150,000

0%

KMF 150,001 - 500,000

5%

KMF 500,001 - 1,000,000

10%

KMF 1,000,001 - 1,500,000

15%

KMF 1,000,501 - 2,500,000

20%

KMF 2,500,001 - 3,500,000

25%

Over KMF 3,500,000

30%

IMMIGRATION

  • Foreigners will need a visa to enter Comoros. Individuals
  •  can get a visa on arrival at Hahaya airport or at other points of entry for €30.
  • The main types of visas are as follows: -
    • Tourist Visa on arrival (valid for 45 days)
    • Long stay visa (valid for stays longer than 45 days)
  • Travelers to the Comoros must hold a return or onward air ticket and all necessary documents for their return or onward journey.
  • Comorians leaving the country must have a return ticket that cannot be refunded abroad.

Type of Visa/ Permit

Documents

Validity

Eligibility

Tourist Visa

  • Valid passport
  • Travel itinerary
  • Ticket 

45 days

  • Foreigners visiting Comoros for less than 45 days must obtain a tourist visa

Long Stay Visa

  • Valid passport
  • Travel itinerary
  • Ticket
  • Other supporting documents

valid for stays longer than 45 days

  • Foreigners visiting Comoros for more than 45 days must obtain a long stay visa

VALUE ADDED TAX

  • There is a consumption tax that has a standard rate of 10%. 
  • There are two reduced rates: electricity and telephone supply and banking services (5%); water supplies, private school fees and inter-island air fares (3%). 
  • Basic necessities are zero-rated.

VAT

Standard Rate

10%

Reduced Rate

5%

Reduced Rate

3%

Zero Rate

0%

WITHHOLDING TAX

  • Dividends are subject to 15% of withholding tax
  • Interest is subject to 15% withholding tax
  • Royalties are not subject to withholding tax

WHT

Dividends

15%

Interest

15%

Royalties

0%

STATUTORY BENEFITS

  • These are mandatory benefits as postulated by law
  • These include probationary period, annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave, overtime pay.
  • Statutory benefits also include social security benefits

Statutory Benefits

Probationary Period

Annual Leave

Public Holidays

Maternity Leave

Overtime Pay

Social Security Benefits

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

  • The ease of doing business index is an index created by Simeon Djankov, an economist at the Central and Eastern Europe sector of the World Bank Group.
  • Higher rankings (a low numerical value) indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protections of property rights.
  • According to the World Bank Comoros ranked 160th in the World in 2019 in terms of ease of doing business.

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