Mozambique

Passports:

ALL AUSTRALIANS, BRITISH, CANADIAN, OTHER EU & USA NATIONALS REQUIRE:-

1. Passports 2. Return Tickets 3. Visa's

A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the intended date of departure from Mozambique is required by all nationals referred to above..

Passport note:

A minimum of three blank pages is required.

Visas:

Visas for Mozambique are required by all nationals referred to above. It is recommended that you obtain your visa in advance from the Mozambique High Commission/Embassy. You may be able to obtain a visa on arrival if you live in a country with no Mozambican mission, but some visitors are reported to have been turned back.

Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy/high commission to check visa requirements for Mozambique.

Visa note:

When applying for a visa, you must supply a copy of your return tickets or a copy of your flight confirmation, your hotel/hostel booking confirmation and one recent bank statement.

Types and cost:

Tourist and business: £40 (single-entry); £70 (multiple-entry).

One-day express service: £50 (single-entry); £100 (multiple-entry)

Validity:

Single-entry visa: one day to one month, renewable to a maximum of 90 days, provided you apply for an extension before the visa expires.

Multiple-entry visa: one day to 90 days for tourism multiple-entry visas and up to 180 days for business multiple-entry visas. Those wishing to travel to return to Mozambique after visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa should apply for a multiple-entry visa.

Working days:

Allow three working days for visa processing. Visas can also be issued within 24 hours (express service) for an additional fee.

Extension of stay:

You can extend single-entry 30-day visas to a maximum of 90 days.

Travel Advice (provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK.)

Crime

Most visits to Mozambique are trouble-free, but street crime, sometimes involving knives and firearms, is common in Maputo and increasing in other cities and tourist destinations.

Be vigilant at all times. Beaches or offshore islands are not policed. Avoid walking alone at night and don’t display valuables or money. Use a hotel safe if possible. Avoid withdrawing cash from ATMs at night.

There has been an increase in reports of carjacking, particularly in Maputo. Keep your car doors locked while driving. Be particularly vigilant when arriving at or leaving residential properties after dark. Avoid driving alone at night.

There have been sometimes been incidents of car-jackings between Boane and the Swaziland border crossing points of Namaacha and Goba. Be vigilant if you’re travelling by road to Swaziland.

Be extra vigilant and avoid travelling around after dark. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help distressed motorists or pedestrians. Hijackers sometimes use these techniques to trick motorists into stopping their vehicle. If in doubt, drive directly to a police station.

Local travel

All known minefields have been cleared in Mozambique’s northern provinces (Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Zambezia, Niassa). In the central and southern provinces (Sofala, Tete, Manica, Gaza, Inhambane, Maputo) mines still exist in remote areas, away from main routes. Seek advice from district authorities if you’re travelling in these areas.

Road travel

Traffic accidents are common due to the condition of the roads and poor driving and vehicle standards. Always drive carefully and be aware of pedestrians using the roads. Overland travel on public transport can be hazardous due to poor vehicle and road conditions. If you doubt a vehicle’s condition, make alternative arrangements.

Low lying areas around major rivers flood regularly during the rainy season (November - April) making many roads impassable. Check local conditions before travelling. Make sure you have emergency supplies, including a first aid kit.

Only travel by road outside Maputo and other major cities during daylight. Where possible, keep to major roads and travel in convoy in rural areas. Fuel is often only available in larger towns.

Third party insurance cover is compulsory. You can buy this at most land borders.
You should carry two reflective triangles and a reflective vest in your vehicle at all times. You must wear the reflective vest when repairing, loading or unloading a vehicle. Police officers sometimes attempt to extract bribes from tourists. Don’t pay a bribe to anyone. If you are stopped by the police, ask for a clear explanation of the offence and a written fine that can be paid at a police station.

Mozambique Health Care and Vaccinations

A vaccination certificate is required for entry for travellers over 9 months of age coming from countries with risk of YF except Argentina, French Guiana, Paraguay, South Sudan and from Sao Tome, Principe, Somalia, and Tanzania.

Malaria– Extremely high transmission occurs throughout the year. Chemoprophylaxis is recommended throughout the country.

Traveller’s Diarrhoea- High risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions are essential to reduce the likelihood of illness.
A Gastro Kit can be purchased from Travel Vaccination Health care, which includes prescription and non-prescription medications for presumptive self-treatment if diarrhoea occurs.

***This information is to be used as a guide only. Medical advice is recommended to individuals depending on their medical history, previous vaccination history and the

Full health insurance, preferably including Medevac, is essential. Medical facilities are scarce. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies including medications and sterile syringes.

Food and drink:

All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Some milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other risks:

Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.