Mozambique: Essential Travel Info
How do you get to Mozambique?
There are direct flights from Paris and Lisbon to Maputo. Flights from Frankfurt go to Maputo via Johannesburg or Lisbon. You can also fly to Maputo from Germany via Darassalam/Tanzania or Nairobi/Kenya. Another international airport is located next to Maputo in Beira.
Passenger ships operate between Maputo and Beira.
There is a train connection between Johannesburg in South Africa and the Mozambican border at Komatipoort with a connection to Maputo. There are also trains from Harare in Zimbabwe to Beira and Maputo, from Malawi to Beira and from Durban in South Africa to Maputo.
Car and bus
With the exception of the road to Tanzania, the roads connecting the neighboring countries are relatively well developed. There are regular buses between Maputo and Johannesburg and other South African cities. There are also minibuses between Maputo and Swaziland.
Travel in the country
Domestic air connections exist between Maputo and the major cities in the country.
The country’s railroad network covers around 3,100 km. Passenger trains run between Beira and Tete, from Maputo to Goba, Ressano Garcia and north to Zimbabwe, and from Mozambique and Naçala to Nampula and Lichinga.
A bus network connects cities and rural regions with one another.
The country has about 460 km of navigable waterways.
Roads and rental cars
Mozambique has approximately 5,700 km of paved roads. The roads between Maputo and Beira and between Beira and Tete are in good condition. Otherwise, overland trips are largely inadvisable due to land mines and possible robberies. An international driver’s license is required for rental cars.
There is left-hand traffic in Mozambique. In order to avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, one should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. The maximum speeds shown can of course be reduced or increased by traffic signs. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain detailed information from the ADAC or the AvD.
The speed limit in cities is 60 km/h in Mozambique and 120 km/h in the rest of the country. You should always pay attention to the signs. Mobile radar traps are used particularly on the EN1.
The international “STOP” is called “PARE” in Mozambique.
International license plate
According to Abbreviationfinder, Mozambique’s international license plate is:
Mozambique: entry and exit regulations
To enter Mozambique, tourists need a passport that is valid for at least six months after their stay, a visa and a confirmation from the travel agency about the booked trip and accommodation. A valid yellow fever vaccination must be proven when entering from a yellow fever infection area.
Visa department of the Embassy of Mozambique
Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 39 87 65 00
The national currency of Mozambique is the Mozambique Metical (Mt).
1 Mozambique Metical = 100 Centavos.
- Import and export of the local currencyThe import and export of the local currency is not permitted.
- Import and export of foreign currenciesThe import of foreign currencies is unlimited, but there is a declaration requirement. The export is permitted up to a maximum of the amount declared upon entry.
Goods, customs, shopping
The following articles may be imported into Mozambique duty-free:
200 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco
0.75 l spirits
perfume for personal use.
The importation of weapons and drugs of all kinds is strictly prohibited. Valuable electronic devices must be declared. The export of lobsters, mussels and antique coins, among others, is prohibited.
Cheap goods, souvenirs
Popular souvenirs from Mozambique are reed mats, wood carvings, printed fabrics, wicker and leather items.
Mozambique: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings
In Mozambique, the following infectious diseases are to be expected in Germany and Central and Northern Europe:
- Malaria: There is a high risk of infection nationwide and in cities all year round. Well over 90% of the infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
- HIV, AIDS
- Amoebic dysentery
- Bacterial agitation
- Cholera– but there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
- Dengue fever disease
- Intestinal infectionsfrom contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
- Hepatitis A and B
- Polio, polio
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Sleeping sickness
- Typhoid– however, there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
- Cholera– but only among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
- Diphtheria– a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
- Hepatitis A and B– vaccination against hepatitis B is only necessary for people who may come into contact with blood or who are looking for sexual contact.
- Polio, polio– vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Tetanus– a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
- Rabies– but only for high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
- Typhoid– but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
For all persons older than one year and arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against a yellow fever disease.
Yellow fever vaccination for children
In most of the countries where a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory, this also applies to children over one year of age, in some countries even from six months. To do this, it should be noted:
There were a number of side effects associated with vaccination against yellow fever, including encephalitis. Around two-thirds of those affected were children under six months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!
When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. If the side effects seem too worrying, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.
Mozambique: Diplomatic missions
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Mozambique embassies and consulates in each country around the world.
Representations of Mozambique in Germany
The building of the Embassy of Mozambique is located on Stromstraße – not far from the confluence with Perleberger Straße – in the Berlin district of Moabit in the Berlin-Mitte district.
The six-story building is relatively new and, in addition to the embassy on the first floor, houses an addiction counseling service on the ground floor as well as a number of financial and real estate service providers.
About 50 m away – on Perleberger Straße – there is a bus stop for the M 27 bus.
Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique in Berlin
Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 39 87 65 00
|Hamburg||Honorary Consulate in HamburgGroße Elbstraße 138
Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 376 734 00
Fax: 0049 – (0) 40 – 376 738 400
|Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttembrg, Saxony,Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia||Honorary Consulate in MunichBayerstraße 33
Tel: 0049 – (0) 89 – 59 99 81 16
Fax: 0049 – (0) 89 – 59 99 81 09
German representations in Mozambique
Embassy in Maputo
Rua Damião de Góis 506
PO Box 1595
Tel: 00 258 – (0) 21 – 48 27 00
Austrian representations in Mozambique
The Austrian embassy in Harare/Zimbabwe is responsible.
Honorary Consulate in Maputo
Avenida 24 de Julho, Piso 4
PO Box 487
Tel: 00258 – (0) 21 – 32 32 44
00258 – (0) 21 – 42 99 78
Swiss representations in Mozambique
Embassy in Maputo
Av. Ahmed Sekou Touré 637
PO Box 135
Tel: 00258 – (0) 21 – 31 52 75
00 258 – (0) 21 – 36 05 00
Mozambique representations in Switzerland
Embassy in Geneva
Rue J.-A. Gautier 13
Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 901 17 83
German-language homepage of the Mozambican tourist office for Germany, Switzerland and Austria: