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(Updated August 14, 2020)
As of August 14, Mozambique has 2,638 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths. A total of 1,015 individuals have recovered from the disease.
On August 5, President Nyusi declared a new State of Emergency which will be in effect from August 8 through September 6, 2020 and enables continued enforcement of restrictive measures to prevent and control the pandemic including mandatory wearing of face masks in public spaces, social distancing measures, and limits on social gatherings and recreational activities. Individuals should fully review and comply with COVID-19 prevention measures imposed under the State of Emergency to avoid fines and possible arrest.
The President announced a phased approach to resuming economic and social activity in Mozambique.
Phase 1: Low Risk Activities – Beginning August 18
- Resumption of higher education classes
- Resumption of classes in the academies and schools of security and defense forces
- Resumption of primary and adult education teaching training classes
- Resumption of technical and vocational classes
- Resumption of medical training classes at public professional training centers
- Increased participation in funeral services to 50 people, except in cases where the cause of death is COVID-19 (in which case only ten participants are allowed)
- Resumption of religious services (50 participants maximum)
Phase 2: Medium Risk Activities – Beginning September 1
- Reopening of cinemas, theaters, casinos, and gyms
- Reopening of driving schools and resumption of motorsports
Phase 3: High Risk Activities – Beginning October 1
- Resumption of Grade 12 classes
- Resumption of primary and other secondary classes will depend on compliance with the conditions imposed by the health and education authorities the assessment of the local and regional COVID-19 infection rates
- Resumption of group sports based on the same conditions as primary and secondary classes
The Government has not yet announced details on the resumption of international flights. Once regularly scheduled international flights resume, airlines will be required to observe health and safety measures as specified by health authorities.
The implementation of the phased resumption of socio-economic activity will be contingent upon:
- the ability of the Government to manage the evolution of the pandemic
- the national health system’s guaranteed response capacity
- the robustness of testing capacity
Entry and Exit Requirements
The Ministry of Health (MISAU) has implemented screening at airports and other points of entry scanning the temperatures of all travelers. Travelers will be required to provide proof of negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based COVID-19 test results administered in their country of origin within 72 hours of departure.
All arrivals to Mozambique, regardless of citizenship, will be on a mandated 10-day self-quarantine (see quarantine information below).
Following the 10-day self-quarantine, travelers will be required to pass a second PCR-based COVID-19 test to confirm continued negative test results. The cost for the test will be incurred by the traveler.
The Mozambican Government has mandated a 10-day self-quarantine for all arrivals, regardless of citizenship or prior travel.
The Mozambican Government has mandated a 14-day self-quarantine for all persons who have had direct contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- Travelers are urged to consult the Mozambican Government portal for information on COVID-19 https://covid19.ins.gov.mz/ for the most accurate and updated information in Mozambique.
- COVID-19 Hotline: 84 146.
- MISAU is offering a daily press briefing on the COVID-19 situation and efforts to prevent its spread.
- U.S. Embassy Maputo COVID page: https://mz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Department of State Mozambique Country Information and Travel Advisory
For information on traveling to or through South Africa: https://za.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/