Last updated: 21 Jun 2019



There are vast expanses of palm-fringed beaches and lagoons with safe bathing, warm waters and good fishing. The country is rich in wildlife with several excellent parks and reserves to encounter rare birds, big game and abundant marine life. It also has islands that are dotted with historical monuments.

There are a number of really nice beach resorts on Mozambique's long coastline. Go diving and snorkelling with dolphins, rays and dugong (manatee) in the country's crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters. The growing number of resorts are well-equipped for these activities, and several are in excellent locations. Try the reefs of Inhambane, the Bazaruto Archipelago or Quirimbas National Park.

Take a safari through some of the country's 12 different national parks and reserves. The big five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) can all be found here, and plenty more besides.

The cool mountains of the north and several national parks offer good hiking.
Capital:  Maputo (MPM)
Currency:  Mozambique Metical (MZN)
Language:  Portuguese. English is spoken in tourist areas
Dialling code from SA:  + 258
Time Zones: UTC/GMT +2 hours (same time as South Africa)
Public Holidays 2019:

Jan 1; Feb 3; Apr 7, 19; May 1; Jun 25; Sep 7, 25; Oct 4; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Left. South African drivers' licences are recognised in SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe). It is recommended that a letter of verification be obtained from the South African Department of Transport.
Best Time to go: June to August
Best For: Beach Relaxation
Plugs: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. South African-style three-pin (round) plugs are used in the capital and most tourist areas.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage.
Local Offences / Laws: Taking photographs of soldiers and public buildings (including bridges, airports and government buildings) is prohibited by law. Identity documents should be carried at all times.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Credit cards are accepted in Maputo, but outside of the capital city cash should be used.  Travellers should note that it is risky to depart from roads and paths, as there may be unexploded landmines outside the main cities.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Mozambique without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco
• 750ml of spirits
• A reasonable quantity of perfume (opened)
Prohibited Imports: Narcotics and unauthorised firearms.

Issuing Authorities

a) Mozambique Consulate-General
PO Box 2492, Saxonwold, 2132
95 Oxford Street, Saxonwold, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 327 5704
Office hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200 - submissions
Mon-Fri 1500-1600 - collections

b) Mozambique Consulate
3rd Floor, No1 Thibault Square,
Cape Town, 8001
Tel: (021) 418 2131/2
Office hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200 - submissions
Collections 1400-1600 next day

c) Mozambique Consulate
306 Stanford Hill Road
Stutton Square, 310
Morningside, Durban
Tel: (031) 303 7130 OR 031 3037345
Hours: Mon-Friday 0800-1500

d) Mozambique Consulate
19 Hope Street Nelspruit
PO Box 6516, Nelspruit, 1200
Tel: (013) 753 2089/7396
Hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200 - submissions
Collections : 1200-1600 next day

e) Mozambique High Commission
529 Edmond Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 4010-300 
Office hours : Mon - Fri 08:00 - 12:00 - submissions
Mon-Fri 1430-1530 - Collections

Also available to assist with visas for Mozambique are:

i) Mozambique Accommodation Solutions
Tel: (011) 403-3648 Fax: (011) 403-6732
E-fax: (508) 519-5839
ii) Go Africa Tours
Tel: (011) 447-0815/0816 Fax: (011) 447-0823
iii) Mozambique Connection
Tel: (011) 803-4185/691 Fax: (011) 803-3861
P O Box 2861, Rivonia 2128
123, 12th Avenue, Cnr Rivonia Rd, Rivonia

Please note that there is an additional handling fee charged by the companies listed here, however there is less of a delay involved.

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SA Representative

South African High Commission,
Ave Eduardo Mondlane 41, Maputo
Tel: (00 258 21) 49-25 33

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk