Mozambique News June 2014.
News regarding immigration law in South Africa.
If any children are traveling overseas or across borders, parents are required to provide unabridged birth certificates at the borders.
Please see links below.
Source from Immigration SA and News 24.com and Fine24.com
Mozambique is a different country and therefore normal border restrictions apply. – In the past, the border officials were fairly relaxed, but now they are clamping down more and more on people who take everything with them from South Africa. You do not need to take everything with you, as you can get most supplies there. All towns have basic supplies and the bigger towns such as Maputo, Xai-Xai, Inhambane and Vilanculos have just about everything you need. Red meat and dairy related products are obtainable, but they are more expensive than in SA. Our advice is to take some of these items with you, but don’t overdo it. When going to resorts, which are quite far from towns, make sure that you stock up with provisions before arrival.
Alcohol is also subject to normal border restrictions – these being 1 bottle of hard tack or 2 bottles of wine per person. The limit for cigarettes is 200 per person – if you’re a smoker, try the local brands – it’s cheaper than cigarettes are here and not bad at all.
Congratulations on choosing Mozambique as your holiday destination. Mozambique has to be considered one of the world’s best tropical holiday destinations, with miles of unspoiled coastline and untouched natural areas. You will be pleasantly surprised at how friendly and open the people are, they have truly put the war behind them. However, Mozambique is a third world African country and time is generally on a different wavelength to what most westerners are accustomed. If you approach the country for what it is, you will love it; If you approach it with attitude and 1st world expectations, you will hate it. People complain about the corruption and bribery – We do not contend that this does not occur (where in the world doesn't’t it?), but if you treat all people with respect and politeness, you should not have a problem.
A passport which must be vaild for 06 months after your return.
SA Passport holders do Not require a visa to enter Mozambique.
The Maputo corridor is now complete, making it a good highway all the way from Gauteng. There is a total of toll fees of R 83.50 in South Africa and Mt 78 500.00 (about R 30.00) in Mozambique - (each way). You can pay the toll fees in Mozambique with Rands, US dollars or Meticais.
The road going north from Maputo (EN 1 – National Road #1) is generally a good tar road – The road from Maputo to Inhambane is slightly potholed (nothing serious, but be careful).
Traveling after dark is NOT advisable, as there are no streetlights and sometimes the other vehicles on the road have inadequate lighting. If you do travel after dark, take it easy, especially when there are oncoming cars. Some resorts require 4 x 4, or at least a vehicle with good clearance such as a Venture or bakkie. These roads are thick sandy tracks, so a normal car could get bogged down.
Petrol costs around R 13.00 / litre, buts this changes from time to time. It’s advisable to fill up at the garage just before the border. There are filling stations in Maputo, Macia, Xai-Xai, Quissico, Inhambane, Maxixe, Massinga, Vilanculos and Inhassoro. For those going to the resorts south of Maputo – Fill up at Kosi Bay, as there is not always petrol at Ponta Do Ouro. Diesel is about the same price in Mozambique as it is in SA (sometimes even cheaper). We suggest you fill up at the BP in Xai-Xai as the filling station at Quissico is not always reliable. Do not get stuck without petrol!!
You can only get unleaded petrol in Maputo, Xai-Xai and Maxixe. Normal fuel is available all the way up to the north of Mozambique at all the bigger towns.
It is not uncommon to be stopped at one of the police checkpoints. If you follow these basic guidelines, you should not have any problems.
Malaria is a very real threat in Mozambique. Please follow these basic guidelines and you should be okay.
Maputo is generally quite safe, but being a big city, take precautions such as not displaying expensive jewellery and other valuable items, and pay someone to watch your car if you park it (50 Meticais is acceptable).
Most of Mozambique falls within the tropics, so it rarely gets cold. The rainy season is from October to April and the temperatures can get very hot and humid, particularly December, January and February, and of course the further north you go. The winter months are ideal, with mild temperatures and it is generally dry. Due to the climate and culture, dress codes are very relaxed, with sarongs, shorts and T-shirts being quite acceptable at most places.
Many resorts run off generators, so ladies, please don’t use your hairdryers. The power surge causes the system to trip out. Also included is any appliance with an element, such as a kettle. Please ask at reception if in doubt. Many of the resorts turn off the generators late at night, so take a torch and candles for some light in the middle of the night!
If you are detained by the authorities or become destitute due to circumstances beyond your control, contact the consular section of the SA High commission at 41 Eduardo Mondlane Ave, Maputo. Tel (01) 490059 / 491614 / 493030 / 490587 (office hours) or 450031 / 33 (after hours)
Medical problems – Most major towns have a hospital or clinic. These places are fine to use for minor problems, for example if you need stitches. They are excellent for things like Malaria tests – the equipment is sterile and you get the result in 15 minutes – Unlike in South Africa, where it can take up to 12 hours!
Medical Evacuation Insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you do not already have a policy covering the area of Mozambique, please contact Travelinsure Travel Insurance / 0861 467873 - www.travelinsure.co.za
This policy does NOT cover your actual medical bills, however it does cover the evacuation by plane or helicopter with a doctor and paramedic on board from the closest airstrip to your destination to a hospital of your choice in South Africa.
A small price to pay in the event that anything should happen to you while visiting Mozambique! TAKE CARE, ENJOY YOUR TRIP – LIFE’S A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE.
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