Do you or someone you know need help?
If you are in Australia
Call 1300 555 135
If you are overseas
Call +61 2 6261 3305
text +61 421 269 080
A volcano erupted on White Island, New Zealand on 9 December 2019. Follow the instructions of local authorities. Updates are available from the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
Call 1300 555 135
Call +61 2 6261 3305
text +61 421 269 080
We haven't changed our level of advice:
Exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall.
Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall due to the high levels of serious crime.
Reconsider your need to travel on the EN1 between the Save River and Muxungue and from Gorongosa to Caia, on the EN6 between Beira and Chimoio, and to Cabo Delgado.
Reconsider your need to travel:
Full travel advice: Safety
Full travel advice: Health
Full travel advice: Local laws
Full travel advice: Travel
Full travel advice: Local contacts
Since October 2017, violent clashes between armed groups, local residents and security forces occur in Cabo Delgado province.
If despite our advice you decide to travel there, to protect yourself from possible attacks:
In March 2019, the US Government warned its citizens that 'there have been attacks by violent extremists in the northern Cabo Delgado Province (borders Tanzania), in the districts of:
Militants have used machetes and firearms to conduct lethal attacks, as well as burning vehicles and homes.
These attacks have been localised, there is a possibility that such violence could spill over into other districts bordering Macomia.
Political tension exists and has led to armed clashes in the past. There have been several attacks in Cabo Delgado Province.
In 2016, people died when vehicles were attacked on the EN1 road between the Save River and Muxungue, and Gorongosa to Caia.
A ceasefire has held since December 2016. However, conflict could return at short notice.
Demonstrations can occur with little warning. Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
During periods of unrest:
Violent attacks, including sexual assaults, can occur at any time of day.
Criminal activity increases at night and during holiday periods.
Petty crime is common and includes:
Criminals may target travellers.
Armed robbery and break-ins are common in Maputo and other towns. Gangs of armed robbers have attacked restaurants and cafes after dark.
Carjacking is also common. Be extra careful:
Serious assaults and robberies have occurred at 2 coastal resorts in Inhambane province.
To protect yourself from crime:
To avoid being carjacked or assaulted in your car, always keep your windows up and doors locked, even when moving.
If you're a victim of violent crime, including sexual assault, get medical assistance. The risk of HIV/AIDS infection is high.
Groups with links to Islamic extremism are present in Mozambique. There is a threat of kidnapping.
Since 2017, several foreigners have been kidnapped by armed groups for ransom
Kidnappings have occured in Maputo and Beira. Most victims are locals but foreigners, including Australians, are targets.
If despite our advice you decide to travel to an area where there is a particular threat of kidnapping:
The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers.
Terrorism is a threat. An attack could happen anywhere and any time.
Terrorists could target travellers.
To protect yourself from terrorism:
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
If a natural disaster occurs:
The rainy season is from November to April.
Flooding occurs on low ground:
Flash floods and mudslides can block roads.
Cyclones may occur in coastal areas from November to May. The direction and strength of cyclones can change with little warning.
If there's a cyclone or severe storm:
If a cyclone or severe storm is approaching:
Mozambique experiences earthquakes.
Ask about the earthquake safety measures wherever you stay, including hotels and public and private buildings.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Mozambique. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription and a dated letter from your doctor stating:
Malaria occurs year-round, particularly outside Maputo.
Other common diseases spread by insects include:
To protect yourself from disease:
Consider taking medicine to prevent malaria.
Get medical advice if you develop a fever, muscle pain, a rash or a bad headache.
The rate of HIV/AIDS infection is high.
Take precautions if you engage in activities that expose you to the virus.
Other waterborne, foodborne and infectious disease risks include:
Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
If you're bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical help straight away.
Get medical help if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
Medical facilities are limited.
Costs are generally lower than in Australia. You'll need to pay upfront for treatment, even if you have travel insurance.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll need to be flown to South Africa or another place with better facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include prison sentences.
By law, you must always carry ID with you, such as:
You must have permission from the Ministry of Information to photograph:
It's illegal to export or import the local currency, Meticais.
You must have a licence to purchase or trade endangered wildlife products, such as ivory and rhino horn.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Same-sex relationships are legal, but there are local sensitivities. Avoid public displays of affection.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders.
Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can't help you.
You'll need a visa to enter Mozambique.
You may be eligible for a visa when you arrive. However, some travellers have had trouble getting a visa on arrival.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
You need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Mozambique if you're arriving from a country with yellow fever.
If you're travelling through South Africa, you may need:
South Africa doesn't accept provisional travel documents. Other conditions may apply.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
The local currency is Mozambique Metical (MZN). It's illegal to export or import MZN.
You can get MZN by exchanging:
You can only change traveller's cheques for MZN. It's difficult to change traveller's cheques outside of Maputo. You may be charged a high rate of commission.
Several ATMs in Maputo take international credit cards. You can use credit cards in most places.
Keep your card in sight at all times during transactions.
Before you travel, ask your bank if your cards will work in Mozambique.
All known minefields have been cleared. However, risks remain.
Take care travelling away from the main road networks in remote and rural areas. Be very careful in the central and southern provinces.
Stick to well-travelled roads.
To drive, you must have both:
Get your IDP before leaving Australia.
You're 6 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Mozambique than in Australia. It's dangerous to drive at night on rural roads.
Driving hazards include:
If you plan to travel outside Maputo during the rainy season from November to April, you'll need a 4WD vehicle.
During the rainy season, road damage and floods may occur, including in:
Some pedestrians may deliberately cause accidents to extort money from you.
Checkpoints are common. Police might ask for a bribe.
If you plan to drive in Mozambique:
Stop at police signals, including at checkpoints.
Check if your insurance policy covers you when using a motorbike or similar other vehicle.
Always wear a helmet.
Use only registered taxis and limousines from reputable companies. Try to book them through your hotel.
Avoid public transport. It can be unreliable and unsafe.
Choose to hire a car and driver from a reputable provider.
Piracy is a threat in the Indian Ocean.
Somali pirates have attacked shipping vessels up to 1000 nautical miles (1852km) from the Somali coast. Targets include:
Read piracy reports from the International Maritime Bureau.
If you decide to travel by boat in the Indian Ocean:
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Mozambique's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 117 or go to a hospital.
Call 119 or visit the nearest police station.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Check the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia has an honorary consulate in Mozambique. It provides limited consular and passport assistance.
You can get full consular and passport help from the Australian High Commission in South Africa.
Ave Kamba Simango, 71
Phone: (+258) 2149 8778
292 Orient Street
Pretoria, South Africa
Phone: +27 12 423 6000
Fax: +27 12 342 8442
Facebook: Australian High Commission in South Africa
Check the High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
Be the first to know official government advice when travelling.