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Mozambique Sightseeing Places

Visa requirements

passport

is generally required for trips to Mozambique, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry.

visa

is generally required for tourists and business travelers.

Mozambique no longer issues visas at the border for travelers from countries that have a Mozambican representation. If there is a Mozambican embassy or consulate in the home country of the traveler, the visa must be applied for there before the trip.

If the visa duration is exceeded, fines and prison terms can be imposed. A visa can only be extended or renewed after leaving Mozambique at a Mozambican representation.

If you are planning trips to the South African Kruger National Park, it is recommended that you apply for a multiple-entry visa (visto mùltiplo) before your first trip to Mozambique.

Period of validity

Usually 1 or 3 months from entry

application

In person or by post at the consulate or the consular department of the embassy

residency permit

Applications to the embassy.

documents

Tourist Visa: a fully completed and signed visa application – 2 passport photos (no scans) – passport that is still valid for at least 6 months and has at least 3 free pages – invitation or copy of a travel / hotel booking – franked and addressed envelope (registered letter)

Business Visa: in addition a company letter from the German company stating the purpose and duration of the trip, the address of the business partner to be visited and confirmation of the assumption of costs – an invitation letter from the partner in Mozambique may be requested

Cost of issuing a Visa:

  • Transit Visa: 20.00 euros
  • Single entry, up to 30 days: 30.00 euros
  • up to 60 days: 40.00 euros
  • up to 90 days: 50.00 euros
  • Multiple entry: 60.00 euros

Processing time

About 2 weeks, express exhibition (2-3 days) possible for an additional charge of 10.00 euros. An express exhibition within 24 hours costs EUR 20.00 plus a visa price.

Sufficient funds

Foreigners must have sufficient funds.

Entry with children

Every child needs their own travel document. The same visa requirements apply as for their parents. This means, among other things, that the children’s travel documents must also be valid for at least 6 months when they enter Mozambique.

Germany: Children up to 12 years old can enter Mozambique with a children’s passport or a child’s ID (with photo). However, it is recommended to use a child’s passport for children aged 6 years and older, as there have been difficulties with entry in the past with the child’s ID.
Austria: a separate passport is required for children
Switzerland: a separate passport for children

Vaccinations

Mozambique requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if the traveler enters from a country at risk of yellow fever. This also applies to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia! If the proof of vaccination cannot be provided, a forced vaccination is carried out on site, the costs are 1,350 new meticais (just under 35 euros).

Mozambique Sightseeing Places

Money

National currency: 1 New Mozambique Metical is divided into 100 centavos.

Currency abbreviation: MZN – ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG

There are banknotes of 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 meticais, and new coins of 10, 5, 2 and 1 MTn and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 cent.

As of July 1, 2006, the currency in Mozambique was changed. The old metical was replaced by the new metical in a ratio of 1: 1,000.

Currency exchange: Cash can be exchanged in banks or exchange offices (here better exchange rates). It is advisable to take cash in US dollars or South African rand. Euros are rarely accepted outside of Maputo. Due to many counterfeits, 50 and 100 dollar bills are sometimes not accepted. In the south of Mozambique you can often pay me the South African rand.

Exchange rate Mozambique Metical:

Currency converter at OANDA

Credit Cards: All major hotels and car rental companies in Maputo and Beira accept credit cards (mostly VISA), otherwise they are of limited use. It is recommended that you carry enough cash in US dollars or South African rand. In addition, telegraphic cash transfers (Wesetrn Union) to Mozambique are only possible to a few branches of Bank BIM (Banco Internacional de Mocambique).

ATMs: All major cities have ATMs. However, most only accept VISA cards and have a limit of MZN 3,000.

Travel checks: can only be exchanged in Maputo, Beira and some other major cities, American Express is the most widely accepted. The fees are high, an original purchase receipt is required.

Foreign exchange regulations: The import and export of the national currency is subject to declaration. The import of foreign currencies is unlimited, declaration is required. Export in the amount of the declared import.

Bank opening times: Mon – Fri 7.30am – 3.30pm.

Health and Diseases

The greatest threat to the population and visitors is the nationwide and year-round risk of malaria infection (more than 85% P. falciparum, various resistances to malaria drugs). Drug prophylaxis can make sense. There are various prescription medications (e.g. Malarone, Lariam) available on the market. The selection and personal adaptation as well as side effects or intolerance to other medications should be discussed with a tropical or travel doctor before taking chemoprophylaxis.

During the rainy season, cholera cases increase again and again. This severe intestinal infection mainly affects poorer sections of the population with low hygiene standards in the water supply.

The health service of the Foreign Ministry recommends as sensible vaccinations: protection against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A, for long-term stay over three months also hepatitis B. With special exposure (stay in the country, hunting, jogging etc.) vaccination against rabies and typhoid can be useful. These and other questions should be decided in a personal consultation with the tropical doctor or the vaccinator with tropical and travel medicine experience.

A valid yellow fever vaccination is required when entering a yellow fever area.

HIV / AIDS is a major problem in the country and a great danger for everyone who runs the risk of infection: Sexual contact, dirty syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a considerable life-threatening risk.

Hygienic eating and drinking (only boiled, nothing warm) and consistent mosquito repellent (repellents, mosquito net, covering clothing, behavior) can prevent most infectious diseases completely.

Bilharzia germs can occur in some ponds and rivers, swimming and paddling in fresh water should be avoided. Well-maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are harmless.

The dengue fever transmitted by mosquitoes occurs nationwide. Effective insect protection is recommended.

Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis can also occur. To protect yourself, get vaccinated and avoid large crowds.

The sleeping sickness occurs in the province of Tete. Effective insect protection is recommended.

Health care: Medical care cannot be compared to Europe and is often technically, apparatusally or hygienically problematic. European-trained doctors who speak English or French are often also missing. Adequate, valid health insurance coverage and reliable travel return insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected appropriately for the temperatures on the way.

In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:

A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information as well as a liability for possible damage cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Mozambique transportation

Airplane: Airplanes are the most reliable on longer routes in Mozambique. In addition to Mozambique’s national airline, LAM – Linhas Aereas de Moçambique (TM), Air Corridor, Servico Aereo Regional, TransAirways and TTA connect major cities. They fly from Maputo to Blantyre (Malawi), Inhambane, Beira, Quelimane, Tete, Nampula and Pemba.

Ship: Transmaritima ferries run between Maputo and Inhaca.

Train: The only route of the Mozambican Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique that is used regularly by visitors is between Nampula and Cuamba. Delays can be expected.

Cars: The road system in Mozambique is constantly improving. Tar roads run between Maputo and Beira and between Beira and Tete. A normal car is sufficient for trips to the coastal resorts and on the paved roads, otherwise a four-wheel drive car is recommended.

A reflective safety vest with yellow or green stripes and two warning triangles (leg length of at least 0.5 m) must be carried in the vehicle. Furthermore, two warning triangles with a leg length of 50 cm must be carried. Left-hand traffic prevails in Mozambique.

Buses travel to practically all regions of Mozambique and are the most reliable, fastest and cheapest means of transport. On longer journeys you should think about water and food. Road and ID checks are often carried out near the border with Zimbabwe and in the north of Mozambique. Taxis in Maputo have taximeters, for longer journeys the price should be negotiated in advance. It is difficult to find taxis outside of Maputo. 10% tip for taxi drivers is common. Rental cars are available at the airport, in Maputo, Nampula, Pemba and in Beira. Outside of these cities, it is usually possible to rent a car from a larger hotel. Payment is only possible in foreign currency. Documents:International driving licence. A Mozambican driver’s license is required for stays of more than 6 months.

City traffic: The urban buses have better equipment, but are mostly crowded. Timetables practically do not exist. However, buses are safer than shared taxis. Taxis can be found in front of larger hotels, at the airport and in front of the central market. In addition to taxis, there are also shared taxis (chapas), the usual form of local transport.

Attractions in Mozambique

Coast: Beira has wonderful beaches and is a very good starting point for tours in the Gorongosa National Park. Places such as Ponta do Ouro, Malagane (in the south), Inhaca Island (near Maputo), Xai-Xai, San Martino do Bilene and Chonguene with their equally beautiful beaches are ideal for a beach holiday. The Bazaruto Islands and the Santa Carolina and Zalala Islands north of Beira are popular vacation spots.

Tofo is a small seaside resort near Inhambane (about 400 km north of Maputo).

The Maputo Museum shows paintings and sculptures by Mozambican artists. The art gallery in the Ministry of Labor is as worth seeing as the city market.

Moçambique: Moçambique is a city with decaying buildings from the Portuguese colonial period of the 17th and 18th centuries.

National parks: The Maputo Elephant Park is located on the banks of the Maputo River. The Gorongosa National Park in the interior is only open from the beginning of May to the end of October. Tours in the park can be organized through the LAM office in Maputo. The park can be reached by plane, and guides and planes are available in the park. The Marromeu National Park is located at the mouth of the Zambezi. The Limpopo National Park in the province of Gaza forms the international Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.