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July 16, 2021

Location:  Mozambique

Event:  On July 15, President Nyusi announced new mitigation measures to combat COVID-19, effective on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at midnight for 30 days.  (Please note:  This information is taken directly from President Nyusi’s speech and will be updated on the U.S. Embassy website once the official regulations are published).

Prior measures (announced June 24) are generally maintained, with a number of additional or more stringent measures, including:

  1. All passengers arriving in Mozambique must present a negative PCR test administered 72 hours before departure, even if they hold proof of vaccination. This requirement also applies to children over 5 years old.
  2. The validity of PCR tests for short cross-border trips is now only 7 days.
  3. All documents that expire during this period, with the exception of passports, are now valid until August 30.
  4. In-person classes in primary, secondary and higher education are suspended for 30 days in the greater Maputo metropolitan area, including Manhiça, and in Xai-Xai, Inhambane city, Beira, Chimoio, Tete city and Dondo.
  5. Pre-school education is suspended for 30 days nationwide.
  6. The night curfew is in effect from 9 pm to 4 am and applies to all provincial capitals, all cities, all municipalities and all towns.
  7. All religious services and celebrations, and conferences and meetings are suspended.
  8. The use of theaters, casinos, cinemas, concert halls and the like is prohibited.
  9. All private social events are prohibited, regardless of where they take place, except for civil and religious wedding ceremonies, which must not exceed 20 people, and festivities associated with weddings are prohibited.
  10. Meetings in public and private institutions must not exceed 15 people in closed places and 30 people in open places, and must not exceed 50 percent capacity.
  11. State meetings or events are permitted for up to 80 people when duly justified.
  12. The number of participants permitted at wakes and funerals is reduced to 20 people, except in cases where there was death by COVID, where the maximum number of participants is 10.
  13. Museums, galleries and the like may remain open but are limited to 20 percent capacity.
  14. Public swimming pools are closed, except for hotels, which may be used only by hotel guests and up to 20 percent capacity.
  15. The training of competitive teams is prohibited, but national teams with international commitments may continue to train.
  16. Large and medium-sized multipurpose gyms are closed.
  17. Public institutions are open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, except for essential services, and the private sector is encouraged to follow the same measures.
  18. Shopping centers are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sundays and public holidays.
  19. Bottle stores are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
  20. Restaurants, take-aways and home delivery services are open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  21. The stalls for the sale of food products are open from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm, but the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from stalls remains.
  22. Bakeries and pastry shops are open from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  23. The Ministry of Transport and Communications must define the maximum capacity in the different means of transport.

Actions to Take:

  • Read the Boletim da Republica for full details.
  • Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page.
  • Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page for Mozambique.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.