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. Beginning in 2017 and through 2018 and into 2019 there has been political instability in the area around Mocimboa da Praia, Macomia, and Palma in Northern Cabo Delgado.


Public Holidays

City Specific Public Holidays



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




Canhu Festival (Haula Mudzenco or Amarula Festival) [Marracuene & Gaza Province]

Carnaval [Quelimane, Maputo & Xai Xai]


Festival TropicalZouk [Maputo]


Azgo [Maputo]

Strab [Ponta Malongane]


Tambo International Art Camp and Festival [Pemba]


Festival M'saho (Timbila Festival or Festival dos Marimbeiros de Zavala) [Quissico]


Dockanema [Maputo]


Festival On´hipiti [Ilha de Moçambique]

Festival Umoja  [Maputo]

Mozambique Wine Festival [Maputo]


Festival da Praia da Zavala [Praia da Zavala]


Kinani Contemporary Dance Festival [Maputo]

Tourist Visas for 30 days can now be issued at 44 different entry points into Mozambique (see article) including International airports and Border Posts and cost $50 USD. Despite stating that they are valid for one entry they allow for a second entry if used within their 30 days validity.

Decreto 03/2017 below shows that any traveller can apply for a border visa upon arriving 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 at borders irrespective of SADC citizenship or not

Multiple entry visas can only be applied for in the traveller's home country, the government announced that the new $50 visa (2017) would also be double-entry but in practice this has not proved to be 100% trustworthy. The new visa appears to allow people to go on short trips to Kruger or Swaziland for example.

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 can be extended at immigration offices in major cities for visas obtained outside of Mozambique. Tourist Visas obtained upon arrival cannot be extended.

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.