Local time: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +2.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz
The most common electrical fixture accommodates appliances with a rounded 3-pin plug. However, rounded and flat 2-pin plugs are sometimes also accommodated.
Money: While the official currency of Mozambique is the MZN (New Metical), establishments in the southern region of the country would generally also accept ZAR (South African Rands), US Dollars as well as Pounds Sterling.
Some of the luxury accommodation options would accept credit cards but it is always wise to call in advance to find out. Credit card facilities are generally quite limited in Mozambique. The best option would be to travel with cash or traveller’s cheques at hand. While there are ATMs available, they are not very dependable.
Language: The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese but there are thirteen main national languages that are spoken all around the country. English is quite widely spoken in the South of Mozambique.
Entry requirements: South Africans do not require a visa if they will be staying for thirty days or less. They do however, require a valid passport.
Passport/Visa Note: For those who require it, visas are available at airport and they are valid for a stays up to thirty days long. It should be noted that extensions on this time limit are possible. When applying for the Visa, applicants need to have documentation ready that proves that they will be leaving the country within the allowed time limit. They would also need to prove that they have sufficient funds available for their stay in Mozambique.
Health Precautions and Notes:
• A yellow fever certificate is necessary if you are coming from an infected area.
• Malaria medication is recommended
• Take precautions against bilharzia, polio, typhoid dengue fever and hepatitis A.
• Note that HIV/AIDS is growing problem in Mozambique.
• Do not drink any water that has not been treated.
• Medical facilities are quite limited
• Take up medical insurance
• Bring along essential medical supplies for yourself
Tipping: Regions in which tourism has grown to be quite popular, a 10% tip is customary. However, it is not expected throughout Mozambique.
Safety Note and Precautions:
• Unexploded landmines are a potential hazard when travelling to Mozambique. It is advisable that you do not venture off well-worn paths and roads.
• Mozambique is currently battling with the increase in violent crimes such as armed robberies. Other crimes such as mugging are also quite common you should be alert when in public or busy places. Try to avoid walking after dark and make sure that you have your ID documents with you everywhere you go.
• Do not walk on any beach by yourself, especially if you are female.
• If possible, avoid driving at night and avoid driving close to the border with South Africa.
• Cyclones are a possibility if you travel to Mozambique during the months of the rainy season.
• It is unlawful to take photos of any public buildings.
• Always carry your ID documents with you.
• Language can be a barrier and finding a translator can be tricky.
• Punctuality is crucial
• Conservative dress code
• All meeting should begin and conclude with a handshake
• Business cards should always be exchanged
• Business/ office hours Monday through to Friday: 07:30/ 08:00 to 12:30 and then from 14:00 to 17:30.
• +258 is the international dialling code
• All outgoing calls made to countries other than South Africa will need to go through the operator.
• Internet cafes are available in the main cities and towns.
• There is limited mobile phone coverage in Mozambique.
The items listed below can be brought into Mozambique duty free:
• 200 cigarettes
• 750ml spirits
There are no drugs allowed and a permit must be presented if you are travelling with any ammunition or firearm.