Mozambique Tourist Information

Political Instability

All travellers should keep abreast of the political situation in Mozambique. Since 2012 there have been a number of incidents of innocent victims usually travelling in Sofala or Manica Provinces. Since December 2016 the truce has held true but remain up to date.

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS


Public Holidays

  • 1 January New Year's Day
  • 3 February Heroes' Day
  • 7 April Woman's Day
  • 1 May Workers' Day
  • 25 June Independence Day
  • 7 September Lusaka Agreement Day
  • 25 September Armed Forces Day
  • 4 October Peace Day
  • 25 December Family Day


City Specific Public Holidays

  • 05 February Matola
  • 21 March Tete
  • 17 Julho Chimoio
  • 12 August Inhambane
  • 20 August Beira
  • 21 August Quelimane
  • 22 August Nampula
  • 23 September Lichinga
  • 7 October Xai Xai
  • 18 October Pemba
  • 10 November Maputo



FESTIVALS & MOZAMBIQUE CULTURAL EVENTS

February
Canhu Festival (Haula Mudzenco or Amarula Festival) [Marracuene & Gaza Province]
Carnaval [Quelimane, Maputo & Xai Xai]
April
May 
Azgo [Maputo]
Strab [Ponta Malongane]
July
August
Festival M'saho (Timbila Festival or Festival dos Marimbeiros de Zavala) [Quissico]
September 
Dockanema [Maputo]
October
Festival On´hipiti [Ilha de Moçambique]
Festival Umoja  [Maputo]
Mozambique Wine Festival
[Maputo]
November
Festival da Praia da Zavala [Praia da Zavala]
December







VISA INFORMATION

VISA WARNING!

Border visas are only processed for people coming to Mozambique for tourism purposes. There have been cases of people being refused entry and sent home - especially those who are apparently coming to work but are requesting tourism visas at the airport or border.
If you intend to get a tourist visa at the border it helps to have available to show any accommodation reservations you have or onward plane tickets


For a list of Mozambican Embassies, High Commissions, and Honorary Consuls, click HERE

Tourist Visas for 30 days can now be issued at 44 different entry points into Mozambique (see article) including International airports and Border Posts..
Decreto 03/2017 below shows that any traveller can apply for a border visa upon arriving in Mozambique.

All Visitors to Mozambique Are Eligible for Tourist Visas Issued at Airports and Land Borders


Visas Upon Arrival in Mozambique


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, or a double-entry visa can be purchased upon arrival in Mozambique

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 three 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.
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