Mozambique Essential Tourist Information
Mozambique on the south east African coastline and the tropical Mozambique islands offshore offer miles of powder white beaches lapped by the warm Indian Ocean. Popular activities at Mozambique holiday resorts include Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and Fishing.
Mozambique General Information
Mozambique Time zone: Mozambique is GMT plus 2 hours
Mozambique Currency: Mozambique Meticas (MT).
Banks and foreign exchange bureaus in Mozambique will change all major currencies into Metical the local currency, South African Rand and US dollar are also widely accepted, ATM’s are spreading across the popular locations but travellers cheques are difficult and expensive to exchange.
Mozambique Official Languages: Portuguese with English widely spoken. A number of local languages are also spoken varying from area to area.
Mozambique Power Supply: Electricity 220 - 240 V AC, 50 Hz
Mozambique is a popular holidaying place for tourists from all over
the world. The Mozambique weather is ideal for tourism related activities
all around the year.
Visas and Entry Requirements for Mozambique
All visitors need a current passport with a minimum of 6 months validity. Visa’s are required by most countries (South Africa being the main exception), these can be obtained in advance at a Mozambique embassy, Tourist Visa's can be obtained at most entry borders. Please consult your booking agent or contact us for up to date information.
All visitors require a passport, valid for 3 months with two clear pages.
Visa’s are required for most countries and are available at all
South African Border Crossing Essentials:
1. Passport and Visas
2. Driver's License
3. International Driver's Permit
4. ZA Sticker
5. White and Red Reflective Tape
6. Yellow and Blue Mozambique Warning Triangle
7. Vehicle Registration/Vehicle License Papers
8. Police Clearance Certificate
9 . Letter of authority
Quick Border Post Tips:
1. Make a folder for all your important documents to prevent unnecessary loss and stress.
2. Get all your documents in order ready to hand in to the border official.
3. Be patient and smile – always be polite and co-operate, this
will help make the procedure go
4. Ask for the maximum amount of days possible – you could end
up stuck in the middle of
5. Don’t overstay your time; this will lead to problems at the border when trying to leave.
6. Make sure your passport has enough empty pages for the necessary stamps.
7. Keep a few pens with you, there are never enough at the border posts,
it will help you fill out
Unabridged Birth Certificate for children under 18
From 1 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa will
require all passengers under 18 to travel with an Unabridged Birth Certificate.
What is it?
Why is it happening?
In all cases an Unabridged Birth Certificate will be required for minors departing and arriving in South Africa ... they will not be allowed to travel without it. In cases where the Unabridged Birth Certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.
Children travelling with only one parent
Children travelling without either parent
Similarly, a child travelling as an unaccompanied minor would have to produce not only the Unabridged Birth Certificate, but also proof of consent from both parents or legal guardians and contact details, plus documentation relating to the person receiving the child in South Africa. The latter documentation should include a letter stating the person’s contact details and residential address, contact details where the child will be residing, plus a copy of his or her ID document, passport or residence permit.
Application process for Unabridged Birth Certificates
Since last year, Unabridged Birth Certificates have been issued automatically for newborns. If your infant was born after 14 March 2013, you should be in possession of a UBC.
Certified copies of documents are usually valid for 6 months only.
Don't delay applying for Unabridged Birth Certificates as the time frame for obtaining the documentation varies greatly, from a few weeks to several months. Minors travelling in school groups or with their grandparents are not exempt from the requirement.
Who is exempt?
Quick guide to the new requirements
• This requirement applies even when both parents are travelling
• It applies to foreigners and South Africans alike.
• If children are travelling with a guardian, this adult is required
• If children are travelling with only one parent, they must produce
• a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights
• an affidavit from the other parent granting permission for the
• a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights
• if applicable, the death certificate of the other parent registered
• When a child is travelling as an unaccompanied minor, he or she
must be able
• proof of consent (a letter or affidavit) from both his or her
• a letter from the person who will receive the child in South
Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/travel-children-110614.htm#ixzz3BUfFV4cZ
Following the announcement of the new regulation put into place by the
Ministry of Home
- Both parents travelling with child(ren) under the age of 18 years have
to produce a
- One parent travelling with child(ren) must have consent from other
parent in the form of an
- One parent travelling with child(ren) and other parent passed away,
must produce death
- Guardians travelling with child(ren) must provide affidavits from parents
Failing to provide these documents will result in being denied entry.
New entry, exit and visa requirements for South Africa
- Passport must have two blank ‘visa’ pages (please note
that blank ‘endorsement’ pages will
- Visitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings or transit:
no visa needed for up
- All other travellers need visas (incl. academics, students on educational
- A change of visitor visa status is not possible while in South Africa,
so visitors intending to
- Overstaying a visa expiry date can result in being declared undesirable
and being barred
Questions relating to any of these changes should be directed to the South African Department of Home Affairs.
Madbookings provides Clients with guidelines only and are not responsible for ensuring that Clients have all necessary Travel Documents. All Clients are to refer to the South African Department of Home Affairs to ensure that they have the most current information in relation to travel documentation required to enter / leave South Africa. Clients are required to present the necessary Travel Documents for inspection as required on entering and exiting any Border Post.
Officially, since 2003 foreigners traveling to Mozambique have been instructed to obtain a visa in advance if they are arriving from a country that has a Mozambique embassy. Travelers arriving from other countries without Mozambican representation have been able to purchase single-entry visitors’ visas valid for 30 days at the airport or other points of entry for $82. Unofficially, until recently almost all foreigners have been permitted to purchase these visas on arrival. The only factor being different from obtaining a visa in advance was that the ‘visto de fronteira’ was $25 more expensive and limited to a single entry. This is no longer the case. Foreigners arriving without a visa from a country with a Mozambican mission will likely be denied entry and sent to South Africa or another country on the next available flight. Many U.S. citizens have recently been denied entry and deported.
The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that all U.S. citizens obtain visas in advance from the Mozambique Embassy in Washington DC or another country. In practice, even Americans arriving from a country without a Mozambican diplomatic presence are sometimes being denied entry if arriving without a visa. Travelers to Mozambique should also pay careful attention to other requirements of their visas and be prepared to show any documentation which accompanied their applications. U.S. citizens have been denied entry for not being able to produce an invitation letter, other requested documentation, or correctly completed arrival forms.
Mozambique Border Posts
Not surprisingly seafood is the main speciality of Mozambique cuisine, fresh fish, lobster, calamari, prawns, crab served with rice or chips. For those who like it spicy there is generally a great sweet chilli sauce available. Chicken is also generally available, in the north a delicious Zambezi chicken is a traditional coconut based dish. Vegetarians will love the freshly grown fruit, there is always something in season: banana, mango, pineapple, avocado, paw paw, tomato and more.
Mozambique History, Culture & People
Mozambique has a population of approximately 21 million people. There are 19 main groups of which the Makua are the largest group.
The largest proportion of the people live along the long (2500 km) coastline, with fishing and simple agriculture providing the essentials of life.
Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and became a Republic in 1990 after years of civil war.
Religion is split between Christian (mainly Roman Catholic), Muslim, Hindu and many also follow traditional beliefs.
What to wear in Mozambique
For most of the year light clothing is a must in Mozambique (along with swimming gear), evenings can get cool from June to August requiring a shirt or light jumper. A long sleeved top is handy for keeping off the sun and don’t forget the suncream and sunglasses.
Health & Safety in Mozambique
Mozambique is a malaria area so please consult your doctor on a suitable anti-malarial, (remember some malaria medication is not suitable for diving). Also an up to date Tetanus while polio, typhoid and hepatitis A are recommended, consult your doctor for further information.
Insurance for Mozambique
Travel insurance with medical cover is recommended.
Mobile phone networks cover all the main areas, local sim cards are also widely available with Vodacom and MTN. Internet is still slow and limited to major areas.
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling in Mozambique
Superb diving is available all along the coast, still very uncommercialised there is huge variety of reef and underwater life for all levels of diving.
Fishing in Mozambique
There is fantastic fishing along the whole coast, with big game fish such as Marlin and Sailfish, tiger fishing is also available. All should be done on a catch and release basis.
There are many good bargains available to remind you of Mozambique, brightly painted landscapes by local artists, woven baskets, bags and hats, colourful cloth work, silver jewellery, sculptures, ceramic work and wood carvings.
We request that you do not buy shells as this promotes the fishing of live creatures.
Guide to enjoying your holiday in Mozambique
In addition to information supplied on our website, please read the following:
• Border post hours
Dealing with law enforcement services
• Mozambique Republic Police (MRP)
• Protect yourself:
• It is illegal to pay a bribe and could result in your arrest
SO DO NOT PAY A BRIBE, contact the anti-corruption hotline for assistance.
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