Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Mozambique due to crime, terrorism, and health issues. Some areas have greater risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 3 blank pages in their passport for each entry and exit stamp/visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

+(258) 21-49-2797; EMER: +(258) 21-49-0723; US Embassy Maputo, Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, 193, Caixa Postal, 783, Maputo, Mozambique;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 117; Fire: 198; Police: 119


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations. On 21 March 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Alert for polio in Africa; Mozambique is currently considered a high risk to travelers for polio; the CDC recommends that before any international travel, anyone unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or with an unknown polio vaccination status should complete the routine polio vaccine series; before travel to any high-risk destination, CDC recommends that adults who previously completed the full, routine polio vaccine series receive a single, lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.


Tropical to subtropical

Currency (Code)

Meticais (MZM)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F, M

Plug Type CPlug Type FPlug Type M

Major Languages

Emakhuwa, Portuguese, Xichangana, Cinyanja, Cisena, Elomwe, Echuwabo, Cindau, Xitswa, other Mozambican languages

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 27.2%, Muslim 18.9%, Zionist Christian 15.6%, Evangelical/Pentecostal 15.3%, Anglican 1.7%

Time Difference

UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Gorongosa National Park; Maputo (includes Tunduru Botanical Gardens, Cathedral, Fortress, National Money Museum), Maputo Elephant Reserve; Macuti Lighthouse & Shipwreck

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball, volleyball

Cultural Practices

Covering a fist with one's open hand signals "that's enough."

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is standard practice in Mozambique. Tipping 10% in restaurants and bars is common. Round up taxi fares. Tip bellhops $1 (USD) per bag and hotel housekeeping $1-2 (USD) per day.


Ritual masks, seashell and bead jewelry, hand woven and dyed fabric goods, carved wooden items, pottery

Traditional Cuisine

Peri peri chicken — grilled or roasted chicken marinated in cumin, garlic, paprika, lemon juice, and bird's eye chilis grilled or roasted and served with a creamy and spicy coconut sauce

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022