All you need to know for your holiday to Mozambique
CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 01 April 2021:
All travellers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test issued in their departure country in the 72 hours prior to travel.
Travellers presenting a negative Covid-19 PCR test are exempt from the quarantine regime.Children under 11 years old are exempt from the requirement to present a COVID-19 PCR test.
You may also be tested for COVID-19 on your arrival in Mozambique (at your own expense).
Anyone testing positive, or in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Anyone who does not present a negative COVID-19 test will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
All arriving passengers are required to provide their contact details to the Mozambican authorities.
It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Mozambique deems it safe to do so.
Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter Mozambique when travelling as a tourist:
Mozambique; Botswana; Malawi; Mauritius; Swaziland; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
All other nationalities require a visa to enter Mozambique.
The visa can be obtained on arrival and the cost is USD 50 for a single entry visa which is valid for 30 days. Valid proof of accommodation and onward travel must be given. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS METHOD IS CONSIDERED AN EXCEPTION, NOT A STANDARD PRACTICE AND YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO EXPLAIN CLEARLY AT THE BORDER POST WHY YOU DID NOT GET A VISA BEFORE TRAVELLING.
Therefore, all visitors are strongly encouraged to apply for a visa before travel from your local Mozambique High Commission or Embassy - please allow ample time before travel to do this BUT note however that the cost is USD 102 for a single entry visa via this method.
You will need the following for a visa application to the High Commission/Embassy:
- 2 colour passport-size photos;
- Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Mozambique and have at least 2 blank pages;
- A document confirming the address during your stay in Mozambique - this has to be obtained directly from the hotel but Travel Butlers can provide this on request;
- A return ticket and proof of adequate funds for the duration of stay;
- A completed visa application form.
Please note that upon arrival at the Mozambique port of entry, there is also a USD 3 Mozambique immigration fee, payable also in cash (US dollars only) to the Immigration Officer (subject to change).
PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.
You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Mozambique.
To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.
There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Mozambique - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Mozambique, so a Yellow Fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Mozambique. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Mozambique requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.
language and people
The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, but English is also widely spoken in the main tourist areas. Approximately 60 other languages and dialects are spoken in Mozambique, which are all of Bantu origin.
We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:
Taking photographs of military and government buildings, airports or the police is illegal. If in doubt, put your camera away!
Homosexuality is not prohibited by law, but local attitudes can be less tolerant and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.
You must by law carry original identity documents at all times and present them on request to the authorities. Police patrols and checkpoints are common. Don’t hand over your passport to anyone other than an official - ask to see their ID if in doubt.
The unit of currency in Mozambique is the meticais (M) which is divided into 100 centavos. If you are travelling in the southern parts of the country, South African Rands, US Dollars and GB Pounds sterling are also accepted by some hotels. North of Vilanculos it is best to have mainly US dollars with you. Credit cards are usually accepted at most hotels.
Please note that there are no longer any ATM facilities at Vilanculos Airport. It is recommended that guests carry a small amount of cash, between USD 50 to USD 80 per person, so that they are able to purchase a visa on arrival, if required.
The international dialling code for Mozambique is +258, followed by the regional code and then the number. Mozambique emergency telephone numbers are as follows : 117 - Ambulance 119 - Police
Mozambique plugs have a voltage of 220V and a frequency of 50 Hertz. Some plugs require two round prongs while others require 3 round prongs like those in South Africa.
When making calls to or from Mozambique, keep in mind that Mozambican standard time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. and they do not operate Daylight Saving Time.