Getting to Mozambique Mozambique
What papers do you need for your vehicle ?
- Vehicle ownership documents -
- If the vehicle is on hire purchase / bank loan you will also need
a letter from the bank giving permission to cross the border.
- Also if the vehicle is not yours you will need a letter of authorization
from the owner saying you have their permission to take it into Mozambique.
- A valid drivers license is also required.
- All people crossing the border need valid passport.
- Insurance is required in Mozambique - if your current insurance covers
Mozambique you must get a letter from the insurance company on official
papers clearly stating that minimum of third party insurance is covered,
it must show the vehicle registration and the country 'Mozambique' -
not 'covers all SADC' or 'Southern Africa'.
Temporary 30 day insurance cover is available at the Mozambique border
and cost R150 (payable in cash only) we recommend Hollard Insurance.
Crossing the Komatipoort border
procedure and directions
Approaching from the South African Side
Tips: take a pen in with you, fill in the forms they give you (as
outlined below) and only show other paperwork if requested - do not hand
them all the vehicle papers!
- You drive up to the border on the EN4, at the border keep to the
left and follow the road until you come to a building to your right,
find a place to park.
- Go into the first door and on the right as you face the desks there
will be a vehicle counter, go to this window and ask for a T. I. P.
they will hand you an A4 size form in two parts (this is the temporary
vehicle export document), and also a smaller piece of paper (this is
to hand to the South African police as you exit the border).
- Take them to the counter behind you to fill in, on the A4 sheet you
will need to fill in drivers details, engine number, vehicle registration
number and a few other details and to sign. On the small bit of paper
you need to fill in vehicle registration number, number of passengers
and engine number.
- Take them back to the the vehicle counter, they will stamp them both
and give you them back.
- Then go with your passport down to the next desk and get your passport
stamped and the small slip of paper stamped again.
- Then back to your vehicle, drive straight on past the building, at
the end there should be a Policeman to to take the small slip of paper
and wave you out of South Africa !
Keep the vehicle document - you must keep this safe as you need
it to return the vehicle back into SA on your return !!
Now you drive a few hundred metres before arriving at the Mozambique
- As you approach you may notice a Mozambique border officer in the
road, he/she will be writing your registration on a border form then
will ask how many people in the vehicle and will then give you the form.
- Carry on up the hill. Often there is a long queue of trucks, go around
them (often you need to go on the wrong side of the road avoiding on
coming traffic!), at the top you will see several cabins on the left
(selling insurance) and the customs / passport building is on your right.
- Park up and take in your passports, SA vehicle import document and
some Rand cash (preferably small notes and coins as they rarely have
change..) and a pen.
- As you enter the Mozambique border building go over to the left where
there is a ' vehiculer desk' there is a similar process to the SA side
they will give you a two sheet A4 document with a piece of carbon.
- Take it away fill it in (making sure the carbon works and is clear
on the bottom sheet)
- Then take it back to the desk and they will stamp it return half to
you and demand R12 (they may ask to see the SA vehicle import document
- Then off to passport control, first the Cash (caixa) where you will
pay the R17 get a receipt then on to the next window to get stamped
in also they will stamp the small piece of paper given to you as you
entered the border.
- Make sure you have an entry stamp as no-one else will check until
you leave the country and then they will fine you if you don't!!
- Outside you will need to find a customs official (light blue uniform)
Tip - always select one wearing a name tag the customs
people are generally milling around the car park, you go up to one show
them the small piece of paper and point to your vehicle, they will then
wander up ask to look inside ask some questions (level of inspection
depends on official/ how busy they are/day of the week/wind and goodness
knows what) when finished they will sign the piece of paper and give
it back to you.
- Before you leave the border you will need insurance (unless the vehicle
has insurance already that clearly states that Mozambique is covered
in writing) and is in your name. If you need insurance go to one of
the cabins on the left (we use Hollard insurance as they are reliable
and honest) go into the hut they will need some information will write
out a 30 day insurance note for your vehicle (check they get the vehicle
registration correct) and will charge R150.
- Now you can leave the border, drive straight down the road (dodging
officials, wandering people, dazed looking tourists and randomly parked
cars), at the end you should be stopped by a police official who will
take the small piece of paper and make sure it is stamped by passport
and customs then wave you on into Mozambique.
Check you are leaving the border with the following:
1/ Drivers license
2/ Vehicle ownership documents and letters of permission
3/ SA vehicle export document
4/ Mozambique vehicle import document
5/ Valid insurance for Mozambique
6/ Everybody's passport with an entry stamp to Mozambique.
Traffic police may stop you and can ask for any of these documents, if
/ when they do just show them and smile, but don't leave until they have
given them back to you !
Keep to the speed limits as they are very keen on speed traps along the
main road to Maputo, around Maputo and especially on the main road north.
Mozambique Toll Stations
These can be paid in Rand, US$ or Mozambique Meticais
Please note Garage cards, debit cards and credit cards are
NOT accepted at Toll stations
There are not many toll routes in Mozambique the main two are on the road
between Komatipoort and Maputo.