Mozambique Travel Guide

For the visitor to Mozambique useful facts, currency and visa regulations

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Passports & Visas

All visitors must have passports (minimum validity six months) and visas (obtainable from embassies, high commissions and consulates)

Visas apply to citizens and nationals of all countries except citizens of the following: Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as they do not require an entry visa when traveling to Mozambique for tourism

There are rumours that some borders and airports may issue them on arrival, don't count on it and obtain a visa before arrival

The law is. Visitors from countries with Mozambican representation must obtain their visa prior to visiting and if not, would be turned back at the border or even before that by the airline flying into the country,

Border visas are only issued to people travelling for tourism, if they come from countries where there is no Mozambican consular representation

Australians: . There is no Mozambique embassy in Australia. There is a Consulate in Melbourne

NB. South Africans do not require visas for holiday, only for business

Mozambique - Embassies and Consulates | Official website 

Health & Immunisation

a course of anti malaria tablets is strongly advised. Vaccinations against hepatitis A, polio tetanus and typhoid are also recommended.

A yellow fever certificate is required for those arriving from infected areas

Getting There
Mocambique covers an area of over 800 000 sq. kms - 3 times the size of Britian
Getting between major destinations can take days not hours.
Roads are generally in poor condition, although significant improvements are underway but road blocks delay your journey

By Bus / Coach

You can take the Intercape Mainliner, from Johannesburg to Maputo
These buses run in both directions on a regular basis, one in the morning, and another overnight, and are safe and affordable
Other carriers include Greyhound and Translux

Fly from Johannesburg to Pemba on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Thrice-weekly non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Nampula

Mozambique Airlines (LAM) has introduced a product called ‘Letzgo’, offering cheap airfares on selected domestic flights.

The cheap flights will be between Maputo, Beira, Nampula, Tete and Quelimane.

There is no catering on these flights and passengers are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage and 5kg of hand luggage.

Flights are operated by a 50-seat LAM Embraer 145 and a 128-seat Boeing 737-300.

The Letzgo flight schedule runs at night (with departure times between 20h00 and 23h55) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

What to Wear

for most of the year, light weight clothing is a must. During the winter months (June - August) pack a sweater or jacket for the chilly evenings.

In restaurants "smart casual" is the norm (short sleeved shirts and slacks for men, blouses and skirts or informal dresses for women). Topless sunbathing is frowned upon.

When visiting game reserves neutral colours are preferred.
Shorts and safari shirt brown, beige, dark green or khaki are best.

Wear sensible walking shoes and take a hat for protection against the the sun. In the evening it is advisable to wear long sleeved shirts and slacks as protection against mosquitos

What to Bring

here's our suggestions: camera * camcorder * binoculars * extra supplies of memory cards and batteries * torch * insect repellent * sunglasses * suntan lotion * lip balm


Portuguese is the local language. English is widely spoken


Mozambique's local currency is the Meticaisl - divided into 100 centavos.
US$, ZAR, British pounds and Euros are freely convertible at commercial rates at any bank or exchange bureau

It is advisable to carry cash or travelers cheques as credit cards are not widely accepted.

Shopping & Souveniers

Woven baskets bags hats printed cloths
silver jewellery colorful art works wooden sculptures
pottery decorated plates



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