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"Navigating the process of obtaining a visa and passing border control for your next trip to Mozambique"

As one of Southeast Africa's most beautiful and diverse countries, Mozambique is known for its stunning beaches, rich culture, and vibrant wildlife. However, for many travellers, the process of obtaining a visa and navigating border control can be a daunting task. In this article, we aim to provide a comprehensive guide to Mozambique's visa requirements and border control procedures, so that you can confidently plan your next trip to this amazing country.

Visa Requirements:

  • - All travellers to Mozambique are required to have a valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity.
  • - Most travellers will need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in the country.
  • - There are several types of visas available, including tourist visas, business visas, and student visas. Tourist visas are the most issued type of visa and are valid for up to 30 days.
  • - South African passport holders does not need a visa for visiting Mozambique
  • - To apply for a tourist visa, you will need to provide a valid passport, a completed visa application form, and proof of onward travel, as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay in the country.


Border Control:

  • Once you've obtained your visa and have arrived in Mozambique, you will need to pass through border control.
  • You may be asked to show proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is prevalent.
  • It's important to note that Mozambique has implemented stricter regulations for the entry of foreign citizens from several countries, be sure to check the latest information from the Mozambican government regarding these regulations before you plan your trip.
  • Plan for delays - just go with the flow.
  • Don't use "runners" to assist with jumping the queue or paperwork. This causes more problems and might place your whole group in a pickle with border control.


Need to know:

As Mozambique continues to open its borders and welcome back travellers, it's more important than ever to be aware of the country's visa and border control requirements. By familiarizing yourself with these procedures in advance, you can make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

It is also extremely important to follow well-established groups with their ear to the ground on current and ever-changing circumstances in Mozambique. One such group is DriveMoz.

You can find them on Facebook where they already have hundreds of FAQ answered questions and are always up to date with legal requirements. You can also buy Mozambique SIM cards, 3rd Party Insurance, mandatory ZA & towing stickers for your vehicles. They also offer membership opportunities with added benefits.

You can find all their information on their website here:


Top 10 Go Lowveld Quick Tips:

1). Stickers are mandatory for all international vehicles and must be clearly displayed on every vehicle and at the correct

2). Keep to speed limits and obey all traffic laws – don’t take chances

3). Translation can be an issue. It is important to stay calm, enquire and use Google translate if possible (spot fines are real and legal in Mozambique)

4). Make sure to keep all your legal documents at hand. It is also recommended to make 2 copies of EACH document in a flip file to supply if needed. Good luck finding a copier.

5). Arrive at the border post an hour earlier than planned during holiday breaks. So if you compensated to be early and you planned for 05h00, then change it to 04h00.

6). Don’t use “runners” at the border post. This opens the door for unwanted stress – trust us here. Rather queue and use this extra hour planned for

7). Organize insurance, stickers, and a SIM card well in advance.

8). ZAR can be used anywhere in Mozambique including Toll Gates, but you will receive change in Metical.

9). Most towns offer fresh fruit and vegetables and reasonable assortments of meat, and the local “Baraccas” offer all types of alcohol and refreshments. Save space and weight in your vehicle and rather buy-to-use in Mozambique. Travellers almost always only consume local beverages.

10). Be friendly, learn some Portuguese and stay in your lane. Follow these few rules and you will have an unforgettable holiday!


Remember, the information provided is based on what is known at the time of writing and is subject to change without notice. Before planning your trip, please check with the Mozambican embassy or the official website of the Mozambican Government for the latest and most accurate information.


At Go Lowveld, we hope that this article has provided you with the information you need to plan a smooth and stress-free trip to Mozambique. We wish you a safe and enjoyable journey as you explore all that this amazing country has to offer!

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