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Mozambique is 2 hours ahead of GMT

Visas and immigration

Visas are required for all nationalities, except South Africans and Malawians. It is advisable to obtain visas prior to arrival in Mozambique, as entry visas will not be issued upon arrival at any border post or airport. This applies to all passport holders. A single entry visa is valid for up to 60 days and a multiple entry visa is valid for six months, though each entry is only valid for a ten-day stay.

Visa requirements: a passport must be valid for 6 months. You need two passport photographs, a visa application form, and normally a copy of your airline ticket / itinerary. Visa costs normally range from about US$20-40 for a single entry visa and US$40-100 for a multiple-entry visa. Visas take approximately a week to process and you must enter the country within 2 months of the date your visa was issued.

Please note the above is a guide and it is advisable to check with your closest Mozambican consulate for any changes



Road conditions in Mozambique are generally poor and in some cases a 4x4 vehicle is essential. Generally roads are gradually being improved with the roads south of Beira being in a good condition. The biggest hazard on Mozambican roads has been potholes and it is advisable to take care on the roads where potholes are prevalent. Most major towns do have Car Hire companies but it is best to book your car in advance.

Buses and Trains

Generally public transport within Mozambique is poor with limited train services available.

Buses only operate between major towns where roads are in good condition. In rural areas you may catch a ride in converted passenger trucks, chapa-cems (or just chapas) or normal trucks (camions).

Along the coast there are some ferry services. These are more frequent along the northern coast with regular services operating between Quelimane and Beira, and Quelimane, Nacala and Pemba.


Domestic air services operate between, Maputo, Nampula, Pemba, Beira, Quelimane, Vilanculos and Tete. It is preferable to use charter airlines many of which have scheduled services. Flights from South Africa to Mozambique are normally arranged on a charter airline.

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