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

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

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

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 117; Fire: 198; Police: 119


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Mozambique: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, COVID-19, and influenza.


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: Thursday, May 09, 2024