Mozambique Travel Requirements
Mozambique Travel Requirements

Mozambique Travel Requirements

Travel Information

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Understanding Mozambique Travel Requirements

This Mozambique Travel Requirements information is designed to assist Safari Guru clients in understanding their travel destination prior to departure, as well as planning for the local conditions. Please take your time to read and ensure you fully understand any local customs, political agendas and the history of your chosen destination. Please note that Africa is in a constant state of change and development; therefore, the information provided should be treated as guidance only and could change by the time of travel.

Mozambique Travel Requirements: COVID-19 – 13 April 2023

As of 12th April 2023, Mozambique dropped all Covid protocols including the wearing of masks in public places, a vaccination certificate and the need for a PCR test at point of entry.

Understanding Mozambique

ABOUT MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique, located on the southeastern coast of Africa, has a rich and complex history shaped by indigenous cultures, colonial influences, and struggles for independence. Understanding its past provides a deeper appreciation of the country’s cultural diversity and resilience.

Long before European contact, Mozambique was inhabited by Bantu-speaking peoples who established farming and trading communities. Archaeological evidence suggests that by the first millennium AD, these communities engaged in trade with Arab merchants, exchanging gold, ivory, and slaves for goods like cloth and spices.

1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived on the Mozambican coast, marking the beginning of European interest in the region. By the 16th century, Portugal had established several forts and trading posts, exerting control over the coastal trade. The Portuguese influence gradually expanded inland, leading to the establishment of Mozambique as a Portuguese colony in the late 19th century.

Growing discontent with colonial rule emerged in the mid-20th century. Inspired by independence movements across Africa, the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) was founded in 1962 and led a guerrilla war against the Portuguese. After a decade of conflict, Mozambique achieved independence on June 25, 1975. However, the joy of independence was short-lived, as the country soon plunged into a brutal civil war.

The Mozambican Civil War (1977-1992) between FRELIMO and the anti-communist group RENAMO devastated the country, leading to significant loss of life and infrastructure. The conflict ended with the Rome General Peace Accords in 1992, paving the way for a multiparty political system and gradual reconstruction.

Since the end of the civil war, Mozambique has made significant strides in economic development and political stability. While challenges remain, particularly in areas such as poverty and infrastructure, the country has seen steady growth and increased foreign investment. Its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and vibrant communities continue to shape its identity in the modern world.

Mozambique’s history is a testament to its people’s resilience and determination. From its early trading roots to the struggles against colonialism and civil conflict, the nation has emerged with a unique and enduring spirit. Understanding this history enriches any visit to Mozambique, offering deeper insights into the land and its people.

Today, Mozambique offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance. From its stunning coastline along the Indian Ocean to its vibrant cities and diverse wildlife, Mozambique promises an unforgettable travel experience. Here’s what you need to know as you plan your visit.

Mozambique is a destination that rewards the curious traveller. Whether you’re exploring its pristine beaches, delving into its history, or experiencing its natural wonders, you’ll find that Mozambique is a land of warmth and adventure waiting to be discovered.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MOZAMBIQUE:

Area801,537 km2 (309,475 sq mi )
Population34,824,295 (Estimate 2024)
Population Density43 per Km2 (112 people per mi2)
CapitalMaputo
GovernmentPresidential Republic
Head of GovernmentPresident Filipe Nyusi since 2015
LanguagePortuguese is the country’s official language, but it is only spoken by around half of the population. The other most spoken primary languages in Mozambique, include: Makhuwa, Changana, Nyanja, Ndau, Sena, Chwabo, and Tswa

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambican society has traditionally revolved around the family and the village, with customs and observances that grow from local rather than national influences. Most people are willing to share with others, and express themselves respectfully, aiming for unity rather than disharmony.

It is considered polite to properly greet everyone in a group by showing interest in each other’s’ health and families. The common greeting of ‘Ola’, means ‘Hello’. Greetings are considered important in Mozambique, so you should acknowledge everyone with a nod.

In Mozambican culture, maintaining eye contact is not generally important.

RELIGION

Mozambique is a Christian majority country, with Islam being a minority faith practiced by around 17.5% of the population as of 2020.

Passports & Visas

Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your intended departure date from Africa. It is the travellers responsibility to ensure adequate passport pages, obtain any visas and satisfy any entry requirements.

PASSPORT PAGES – At least three blank “visa” (not “endorsement”) pages are required.

A visa exemption program has been introduced for several nationalities, including the UK, USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany and Ireland, for a 30-day stay. These visa-exempt nationals pay a processing fee of MZN 650 on arrival (fee subject to change). You may be required to produce a copy of your flight itinerary and travel voucher at the border, so make sure you have these ready to hand when you cross the border.

Nationalities not covered by the visa exemption program, including Australia and New Zealand, do require a visa. Tourists are usually able to get a single-entry visa valid for 30 days on arrival for USD$50. You may be required to produce a copy of your flight itinerary and travel voucher at the border so make sure you have these to hand when you cross the border.

Mozambique visa regulations change frequently and without notice, so it is essential that all nationalities check the latest advice with the Mozambique embassy. Read More …

Medical, Immunisations & Safety

YELLOW FEVER 

If you have recently travelled to any of the countries listed below* you might be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination when you enter Mozambique. 

There is a low risk of yellow fever in this country; however, there is a certificate requirement.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), from 11 July 2016 (for all countries), the yellow fever certificate will be valid for the duration of the life of the person vaccinated. As a consequence, a valid certificate presented by arriving travellers cannot be rejected on the grounds that more than ten years have passed since the date vaccination became effective, as stated on the certificate; and that boosters or revaccination cannot be required.  

Please note that yellow fever vaccination certificate becomes valid 10 days after the inoculation. 

If you are entering from any of the following countries, you will be asked for proof of the Yellow Fever vaccine:
AFRICA – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
AMERICAS – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.

OTHER

For immunisations including malaria and zika, please consult your medical practitioner or a travel medical centre for advice on medical issues related to your travel. The following websites may be helpful to you: British: travelhealthpro.org.uk, Australians: smartraveller.gov.au and wwwnc.cdc.gov for American travellers.

Please note that many immunisations require administration some weeks prior to travel in order to be effective. During your trip, should emergency assistance be required, each game-drive vehicle has radio contact with the camp and each camp has 24 hour radio contact with their base support headquarters. Medical emergency evacuation will be arranged if necessary. 

Take enough legal prescription medicine with you to last for the duration of your stay so you remain in good health – ensure to transport all medication within it’s original packaging. Carry copies of your prescription and a dated letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you’ll take and that it’s for personal use only.

Malaria can occur in many areas of the country, especially during the rainy season. You can consider taking malaria prevention medication and seek medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache. 

Other mosquito-borne diseases (including filariasis) also occur.

Protect yourself against insect-borne diseases by using insect repellent and wearing long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing.

Travel Insurance

It is a prerequisite of travel that all clients obtain comprehensive travel insurance cover at their own expense. If applicable, it is always advisable to furnish your booking agent with your travel policy details.

Further reading and understanding of travel insurance with frequently asked questions.

Your Health (Food & Water)

DRINKING WATER

In Mozambique, local tap water is generally not potable for foreign travellers. 

Sealed bottled water is safe to drink, and reputable brands can be purchased in hotels, restaurants, and grocery stores. You will be supplied with water at your camp, which has been filtered through a reverse osmosis process. 

It is essential that you drink plenty of water each day (a minimum of 2–3 litres). The dryness and heat will dehydrate you very quickly. If you are feeling lethargic or have a headache, there is a good chance it is simply dehydration, so make sure you increase your water intake. 

It is a good idea in the warmer months to travel with spare rehydrate sachets.

The water used for washing salads and making ice has also been filtered. 

Cash and Credit Cards, Tipping & Other

CURRENCY

The Mozambique Metical (MZM) is the national currency the African nation of the Republic of Mozambique. The currency’s name, the metical, comes from the Arabic word mithqal, a unit of weight and an alternative name for the gold dinar coin that saw use throughout much of Africa until the nineteenth century.

US Dollars are widely accepted throughout the country, especially by safari operators, lodges, and other tourist services.

Personal expenses in the camps, such as souvenirs, can generally be paid with Visa, as Mastercard is less likely to be accepted in Mozambique. A surcharge may be levied on credit card transactions. Be sure to contact your bank before departure if you plan to use your credit card in Africa. When carrying USD cash, taking small denominations is a good idea as it is often difficult to get change. Generally, check that USD notes are 2010 or newer and not damaged or marked.

Please consider carrying cash for tipping, most notably for luggage porterage, road transfers, lodge staff and guides.

TIPPING

While gratuities are not compulsory, they do make up a significant portion of income for local staff. 

Meet & GreetMeet and greet services at Johannesburg and Cape Town international airports – your personal escort will guide you through the airport, helping with immigration, visas, and assistance through security, quarantine, and customs. We recommend USD10–20 per service, at your discretion
Camp StaffThere will generally be a communal staff tip box at all the camps, or if not, the manager will inform you how best to offer any gratuity. The usual gratuity for camp staff is USD20 – USD40 per guest per day
Specialist StaffSafari Guides and Butlers, it is USD20 – US50 per person per day, given directly to the person at the end of your stay at each camp
TrackersUSD5 per person given directly at the end your stay
Massage TherapistsWe recommend about USD5 – USD10 per treatment
Hotel StaysBaggage porterage is usually tipped (about USD2 – USD3 per guest per movement, depending on how much luggage). Tips for housekeeping are generally not expected unless significant services have been provided
Non–Safari TransfersE.G. airport–hotel: We recommend around USD5 – USD10 per guest per movement, minimum USD5 total

Safari Guru would like to emphasise that tipping is definitely not a requirement and should be undertaken only by choice, dependent on the service received. 

Climate, Clothing and Luggage

Mozambique has a tropical to sub-tropical climate and experiences two seasons: a cool and dry season from April to September and a hot and humid season between October and March. Temperatures are warmer near the coast and southern lowland regions compared to the higher, inland regions.

Cell Phones, Power, Photography and drones

CELL PHONES 

Tri–band cell phones on global roaming generally work in all major urban centres. However, they do not work in the majority of lodges and camps. 

POWER 

Camps and lodges are powered by regular electrical power, solar power or generators. Voltage is 220–240V. There is usually ample electricity to charge batteries for digital and video cameras, iPods etc., but not for use of hair dryers and electric shavers etc. In some camps, the facilities for charging batteries are in the main camp area rather than in a room. Many camps have an array of adaptor plugs. 

Where outlets are available, there are three associated plug types, types C, F and M. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins, plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side and plug type M has three round pins. 

Mozambique Travel Requirements

You are advised to bring a spare battery for use while the other one is being charged, a power converter/adaptor if applicable, cables for computers or cameras and additional flashcards. Serious digital photographers may wish to bring a mobile device for the  downloading of images.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that whilst we take every care to ensure the information contained herein is accurate, we cannot in any manner or form guarantee the accuracy and correctness thereof. The information is taken directly from relevant country government sources and the IATA travel centre, and can change at any time and without notice. You are therefore advised that any information contained herein should not be construed as a representation made by Safari Guru or its network of suppliers and ground handlers and it remains a travellers sole and absolute duty to double-check current information at the time of undertaking any travel.

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