26Aug/13

Country information in Mozambique

Departure taxes are generally included in the air ticket. Airport Departure Tax for destinations outside of Africa: USD20; for destinations outside of Mozambique but within Africa: USD10; for destinations within Mozambique: USD7.

Security in Mozambique

Exercise proper safety measures against crime. Be alert and keep valuables safe and hidden at all times. It is not safe to use ATMs in the open. Stay away from unpopulated areas. Avoid going out on foot at night. Beware of banditry at night on main motorways. There is a risk of hijacking. There is a danger of landmines. Drive extremely carefully. It is prohibited to take pictures of uniformed personnel, government offices, airports, bridges, military sites, official residences and public buildings. Use a camera at tourist attractions only. Drug crimes are treated harshly. Always have your passport or a notarised copy of your passport and visa with you. There are some places where people are not permitted to walk. Police patrols and checkpoints are common. Do not hand over your passport to anyone other than an official for inspection. Ask to see an official’s ID if in doubt. Ensure your documents are returned to you. There are some places where people are not permitted to walk.

Vaccinations in Mozambique:

Compulsory: People older than one year travelling from risk areas (not SA) need a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Recommended: Hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, polio, tetanus and typhoid

Immunisation against rabies, tuberculosis, cholera and meningitis may be advised. There is a risk of malaria and prophylaxis (not Chloroquine) is recommended. Consult a doctor if suffering from flu-like symptoms or a fever up to a year after visiting a malaria region. There is a risk of Dengue fever. Take care to prevent mosquito bites and use insect repellents during day and night. Seek urgent medical attention if suffering from symptoms such as bad headache, fever, rash, bodily pains and nausea. There is a risk of cholera and similar diseases. Exercise good hygiene practices, only use water that is bottled or has been boiled and order drinks without ice. Contact a doctor urgently if experiencing diarrhoea. There is a risk of bilharzia. It is not advisable to spend time in freshwater. Practise standard preventive measures against HIV/AIDS infection. Most medical services are inadequate and English is not commonly spoken. Treatment needs to be paid for upfront or straight away, possibly in cash. Major problems may require evacuation to SA. Away from Maputo medical services are minimal. Full insurance is advised. The number for an ambulance is 82-911. It is recommended that travellers see a healthcare professional or travel clinic no less than six weeks before departure.

Currency in Mozambique

1 Mozambique Metical (MZN) = 100 centavos. Latest Exchange Rate: MZN1 = ZAR0.3299 (05 Aug 2013 00:00). Exchange currency (preferably USD or SA Rands) at airports and banks. Do not use street moneychangers. ZAR and USD are sometimes accepted as legal tender in tourist areas. Credit cards are becoming more accepted at major hotels and restaurants in Maputo but cannot generally be used outside the city. There are some ATMs available. Traveller’s cheques are not commonly accepted and are slow to process and often attract high commission. Travellers with cash passports are advised to check with the issuer whether or not they will be accepted in Mozambique.

Banking hours: Mon-Fri 07:30-15:30.

 



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