Health & Safety
Safety is not an issue for most visitors to Mozambique, but tourists should remain vigilant at all times. Mozambique is a stable democracy; however, it is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. We advise that you ask Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.
When visiting Mozambique malaria precautions are strongly advised. Please consult your doctor and also check with your health department prior to departure for any changes in health regulations. The malaria situation in Mozambique can be problematic and some lodges have regular spraying programmes. Often lodge’s rooms are equipped with mosquito-proof nets. We do, however, still recommend you to take precautionary measures before going into a malaria area. Health regulations in Mozambique require visitors to have a *yellow fever certificate if travelling from infected areas.
Below are the vaccinations or prophylactic precautions you should look consult your doctor or travel clinic about:
Hepatitis A & B
Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt.
Passports & Visas
Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).
NOTE: All passengers under 18 years of age will need to present an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport when entering, departing or transiting South Africa and Botswana. A sworn translation (certified/authenticated) in English should accompany all documentation that is in a language other than English.
For single parents, or those travelling alone with their child/ren, the following must be provided:
– An affidavit (no more than 3 months old on the date of travel) in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, or
– A court order granting full responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or
– The death certificate of the absent parent.
Visas are required by everyone except citizens of South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Swaziland and can be bought at most borders for between US $35 and US $80 depending on your nationality. However, due to recent reports of visitors being refused this service, we strongly advise you obtain your visas in advance from your nearest Mozambican Embassy.
Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari as requirements can change at any time.
Banks & Foreign Exchange
Mozambique Currency: The unit of currency in Mozambique is the meticais (MT) which is divided into 100 centavos.
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.
Private exchange bureaus in Maputo usually offer better exchange rates than banks. Changing money on the black market is strongly discouraged.
Banking hours in most centres are 08h15 to l Mondays to Fridays. Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Most hotels, shops and restaurants in cities and towns and most resorts accept valid, international credit cards. MasterCard and Visa are accepted for payment. However, carry some cash with you in case.