City Specific Public Holidays
FESTIVALS & MOZAMBIQUE CULTURAL EVENTS
Festival Umoja [Maputo]
For a list of Mozambican Embassies, High Commissions, and Honorary Consuls, click HERE
Tourist Visas for countries that do not have Mozambican Embassies visas can be processed at borders and International Airports costing approximately U$D50 for single entry (valid for 30 days) but it is much safer to get your tourism visa before arrival.If you need longer than 30 days you can apply for an extension at any immigration office - these can be found in each of the country's capital cities.
Decreto 38/2000 below shows that any traveller can apply for a border visa upon arriving in Mozambique. If you have Mozambican representation in your home country you will be charged a 25% surcharge.
Countries exempted from requiring a visa include most SADC countries (Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambie, Zimbabwe). Business visas cannot be applied for out borders irrespective of SADC citizenship or not
Multiple entry visas can only be applied for in the traveller's home country
Renewing Tourist Visas by doing a "border run" is no longer recommended. Many travellers are forced to spend five days outside of Mozambique before being allowed to re-enter on a tourism visa. If you already have two or three tourism visas you will likely be denied. Extensions now can be extended at immigration offices in major cities.
Photos are not required when entering the country to process visas - your photo will be taken at the point of entry upon filling out the form, and payment of visa application
Empty Passport pages are required (at least two) for visa processing
Passport validity must be for at least six months after date of entry
NB for bus travellers: Many bus companies who transport passengers from Johannesburg to Maputo, and Durban to Maputo, will insist that travellers have visas before being allowed to enter the bus, this is due to buses being held up in the past because of slow visa processing times. This "rule" is now relaxing a little with many bus companies - check before travelling. A small trick is to buy a bus ticket to Komatipoort - the last South African town before the border. During the journey you can tell the bus host that you would like to go to Maputo but you still have no visa, often they will wait for you. If not, there are constant small local buses leaving from the Mozambican side of the border (100mtn, or 35Rand). BE CAREFUL OF MEN OFFERING TO EXCHANGE MONEY AT THE BORDER.