Do I need a visa to visit Mozambique?
Passport holders from most countries outside of southern Africa require a visa to visit Mozambique. This can be purchased on arrival at the port of entry. Visitors will need to have a return ticket, accommodation confirmation or invitation letter and the visa fee which is USD 50 in 2020.
Mozambique also requires that your passport be valid for no less than 6 months beyond the date of entry. They also require at least three blank pages in your passport.
It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting before departure.
Do I need to get a Yellow Fever Vaccination?
If you are travelling from a country which is known for Yellow Fever you need to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Mozambique. Failure to do so may result in your being denied entry.
For more information please visit your local travel clinic or the CDC website here
Do I need to take anti-malaria medication when visiting Mozambique?
Malaria is present throughout Mozambique at all times of the year and we recommend that visitors take precautions. It is recommended that you visit your local doctor or a travel clinic about malaria prophylaxis before travelling to Mozambique.
When is the best time to visit Mozambique?
This depends on what visitors want to see and do when visiting Mozambique. Usually, this question revolves around the weather. Often the best time to visit is the winter months from May to November when temperatures are cooler and there is less chance of rain. August through to October are considered best for game viewing in Mozambique’s national parks.
December through April is the summer rainy season where temperatures are higher and there are short afternoon torrential downpours. January through to March is cyclone season and there is often weeks of torrential rain so we do not recommend visiting during these months.
Can I drink the tap water in Mozambique?
Water in Mozambique is safe for bathing. We recommend that you use bottled water for drinking during your trip.
What is the weather like in Mozambique?
Mozambique is in south-east Africa north of the tropic of Capricorn and has a warm tropical climate. Rainfall is usually in the form of afternoon thundershowers and the weather is generally warm and sunny. The main wet season is between November and March and the winter dry season from May through October.
January and February the coastline is often hit by cyclones off the Indian Ocean and we would not recommend travel during these months. During winter, from May to August, the south-east trade winds bring pleasant and sunny weather. The average temperature ranges from 27 °C (81 °F) in January to 23 °C (73 °F) in July throughout many parts of the country although tempered by both altitude and the winds of the coast.
Currency and credit cards in Mozambique
The official currency of Mozambique is the Mozambican metical (MT) with 100 centavos making up MT1 (one Metical). US dollars and South African Rand are widely accepted in southern Mozambique and the Mozambican islands.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted in Mozambique but more places will take a visa card.
American Express and Diners Club are not widely accepted.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change.
ATM’s are available in major cities and airports but not throughout the country.
Languages spoken in Mozambique
The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese. The staff at hotels and lodges speak English. Other local languages include Swahili, Makhuwa, Sena, Ndau and Shangaan (Tsonga).
Mozambique electrical outlets are 220/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are Mozambique uses power outlets and plugs of types C, F & M – two pin or three pin round plugs.
Although adaptors are available at most camps, we highly recommend taking your own.
If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage.
Many camps/lodges, especially on the Mozambique islands are very remote and run on generators. They may not allow you to use hair dryers, curling irons etc and may have limited hours of operation. Some camps only have charging facilities for batteries and cell phones only in the main reception rooms.
Local time in Mozambique is GMT +2 which 6 – 7 hours ahead of the Eastern USA depending on daylight saving time.
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