COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 05/20/2022

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Effective December 6, regardless of nationality, all air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country are required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.  For more information regarding testing requirements, please visit the CDC’s website.

Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true. To view the full order and attestation form information, please visit the CDC’s website. 

Country-Specific Information

As of May 19, Mozambique has had 225,546 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,201 deaths. A total of 223,274 individuals have recovered from the disease.

On September 7, 2020 Mozambique transitioned from a State of Emergency (SOE) to a State of Public Calamity (SOPC). The SOPC will continue indefinitely at the red alert level while the risk of spreading COVID-19 exists in Mozambique.

On April 20, President Nyusi announced a transition from a State of Calamity to a Public Health Emergency in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  These measures apply to US citizens as well as Mozambicans and took effect at midnight on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

The measures from Decree No. 14/2022 are as follows:

Use of Masks:

  • It is mandatory to wear masks in all closed places.
  • The use of masks is mandatory in collective and semi-collective passenger transport.
  • Children up to 11 years of age are exempt from the use of masks, including indoors and in collective and semi-collective passenger transport.
  • The use of the mask is not mandatory in open spaces, and its use is advisable whenever you are in clusters, where the recommended physical distance is not possible.
  • The use of visors does not exempt the mandatory use of masks.
  • The use of protective masks, made of cloth or other material, with the purpose of covering the nose and mouth, is allowed, as recommended by the Ministry that oversees the area of Health.
  • Exceptions are made to the provisions of paragraph 1 of this article, in the case of cases relating to the practice of physical activity or against a medical indication to use a duly proven mask.

Quarantine, Isolation, and Internment:

  1. Persons who have had direct contact with cases confirmed COVID-19 are not subject to quarantine.
  2. All passengers and crew arriving in the country must:
    1. present a certificate proving complete vaccination against SARS COV-2 or proof of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) for SARS COV-2, valid for 72 hours on arrival in the country; or
    2. perform the Antigen-based Rapid Test upon entry into the country, at their own expense, for those who do not present a certificate proving complete vaccination against SARS COV-2 or a valid PCR test; an
    3. citizens with a positive result in paragraph 2) must comply with home isolation, at their own expense, according to the rules of the health authorities.
  3. Children up to 11 years of age are exempt from presenting the COVID-19 test or complete vaccination certificate when entering the national territory.
  4. All passengers and crew with symptoms, regardless of age, arriving in the country must be tested for COVID-19 at the point of entry.
  5. The validity of the PCR test for SARS COV-2 is 7 days, counted from the date of sample collection, for citizens of Mozambique or foreign nationality who need multiple entries into the country in a short period of time or who take a short trip abroad.
  6. Individuals with SARS COV-2 infection or COVID-19 are subject to the following regime:
    1. mandatory home isolation of 7 days, if they do not have medical criteria for admission: or
    2. institutional isolation or internment in an appropriate health facility for therapeutic purposes, if they have medical criteria for internment defined by the competent authorities; and
    3. the criteria for discharge from isolation are defined by the Ministry that oversees the area of health.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Mozambique? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 1 day? Yes

COVID-19 tests are available at the following clinics in Maputo, paid for by the patient at the time of testing. Please call ahead to ensure availability of testing. 

Hospital Privado
Address: Rua do Rio Inhamiara, Maputo
Contact: sharon.silvester@lenmedmaputo.co.mz
PRO.MPL@lenmedmaputo.co.mz
Phone: +258 84 5855290/+258 84 5837970
Working hours: 24 hours
PCR Test Cost: 4,000.20 MZN
Antigen Rapid Test Cost: approved for travel to the EU 1,800 MZN
To book contact: PRO.MPL@lenmedmaputo.co.mz or call +258 845855290/+258 845837970
Reports can be solicited via email the same email and they can deliver at home too.
Weekend testing: Yes
Specials: swab at home option within Maputo at no cost

ICOR/Ampath
Address: 111 Kenneth Kaunda Ave, Maputo
Phone: +258 21 411 000/+258 84 123 4118/+258 82 028 0545
Working hours: 24 hours
PCR Test Cost: 5,250 MZN, Time for Results – 24-48 hours (always ask)
Rapid Antigen Test Cost: 1,200 MZN, results 30 minutes-1 hours
Weekend testing: Yes

Lancet Lab
Address: Sommershield Clinic, Rua Da Frelimo nr 52, Maputo
Phone: +258 21 483 90015/ +258 84 323 1375
Process: Obtain lab requisition – no appt needed, presence required at lab for sample collection
Mon-Friday 0700-1600
PCR Test Cost: 5,000 MZN
Time for Results: 48 hours (always ask)
Rapid Antigen Test: not available
An additional cost of 1,597 MZN for swab at home option – coordinate with reception
Weekend testing: No

Oceanpath
Address: Rua Kibiriti Diwane nr 106, Sommerschield, Maputo
Process: No appt, walk in
Phone: +258 21 494 278
PCR Test Cost: 5,000 MZN
Mon-Friday 0730-1100; 1430-1930
Sat-Sunday 0730-1000
Turnaround: 24 -48 hours (always ask)

MED EVAC
Contact: Anka +258 86 655 5911
Process: A sample is collected at your residency by one of their physicians, their team completes and provides all required paperwork from the Oceanpath lab.
Required for appointment scheduling: passport copy, physical address, contact number, and travel dates
Mon-Friday 0730-1000
PCR Test Cost: 7,000 MZN
Turnaround: 24-36hrs (always ask)
Weekend testing: No

Ayamed
Address: Rua Tomás Ribeiro Nr 2
Phone: +258 84 9988000/+258 84 9988001
Mon-Friday 0800-1800
Saturday 0800-1400
PCR Test Cost: swab at clinic, turnaround:
24 hours-4,900 MZN
6 hours- 6,500 MZN
2 hours 10,000 MZN
Rapid Antigen Test Cost: 700 MZN results 30 minutes
Rapid Test Cost for Travel to Portugal (TAP only): 1,150 MZN
An additional cost of 3,000 MZN for swab at home option

Biolife
Address: 1138 Kim Il Sung
Phone: +258 82 989 8986/+258 82 9898987
Mon-Saturday 0700-1800
Sunday 0700-1700
PCR Test Cost: swab at clinic, turnaround:
24 hours-4,500 MZN
5-6 hours- 5,500 MZN
2 hours 10,000 MZN
Rapid Antigen Test Cost: 1,000 MZN results 30 minutes
An additional cost of 1,000 MZN for swab at home option

Clinic Clidis
Address: Rua Dr. Nkutumula 511, Matola A
Phone: +258 84 958 1057
PCR Test Cost:
Turnaround: 24 hours –3,800 MZN (0800-1100)
6 hours –5,500 MZN (0800-1100)
Rapid Antigen Test Cost: 1,000 MZN, results in 1 hour
Mon–Friday 0800-1800
Saturday 0800-1600
No testing on Sundays
An additional cost of 200 MZN for swab at home option
Note: although in Matola, this clinic will do at-home testing. Results are provided through the lab at Oceanpath.

Aeromed
Address: 788 Kenneth Kaunda
Phone: +258 84 555 5911
Process – Call for appt
PCR Test Cost: 6,900 MZN swab at clinic
Turnaround: 24 -48 hours (always ask)
Rapid Antigen Test Cost: 2,500 MZN results 30 minutes- 1 hour
An additional cost of 700 MZN for swab at home option
Mon–Sunday 0730-1600
Weekend testing- Saturday until 1200
An additional cost of 2,500 MZN for afterhours requests

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Mozambique approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Mozambique for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Mozambique?
    Mozambique has received a limited supply of various vaccines. Please monitor the government website for updates on the vaccine program: COVID19.ins.gov.mz
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

The Government of Mozambique announced its vaccine strategy on March 5, 2020. The plan is to vaccinate 16.8 million Mozambicans, currently excluding children under 15 and pregnant women. The strategy did not name the specific vaccines that are approved for use in Mozambique.

 COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Procedures August 2021

Entry and Exit Requirements:

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
      • Non-Mozambican citizens, including U.S. citizens, who have a valid DIRE (residence permit) and/or required visa(s) can enter Mozambique and the PCR test is no longer needed to enter the country if a person presents a valid certificate showing proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
      • Tourists: all travelers wishing to enter the country require a visa.  The presence of an embassy and consulate in the United States, in Washington DC and New York City respectively, makes the procurement of a visa prior to U.S. departure possible and preferred by Mozambican immigration officials.  Visas on arrival are only available, but not guaranteed, for tourist travelers.  Those eligible for the visa on arrival typically fall into the category of travelers not coming from countries where a Mozambican embassy is located.  Very much like the States, Mozambican immigration officials have the right to refuse entry to whomever they deem ineligible and are not obliged to provide a comprehensive reason for the denial.  Additionally, if the denial of entry takes place in an airport, it is not uncommon for passports to be held by officials until the denied traveler boards.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • PCR test is no longer needed to enter the country if a person presents a valid certificate showing proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.  In addition, children 11 and younger do not require a PCR test or proof of vaccination to enter the country.
      • The Government of Mozambique does not require a COVID-19 test to exit the country. However, acting as agents for the airlines, officials at the airport will request a negative COVID-19 PCR test before permitting you through immigration.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • The Ministry of Health (MISAU) continues screening at airports and other points of entry scanning the temperatures of all travelers.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Persons who have had direct contact with cases confirmed COVID-19 are not subject to quarantine.

 Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • An increasing number of commercial flights are arriving and departing regularly.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Public transport operators are limited to the official capacity of the vehicle, and passengers must use facemasks, but children 11 years of age are exempt from the use of masks.

 Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Failure to comply with the COVID-19 measures outlined in the Boletim da República (Number 224, 23 November 2020) constitutes a transgression, punishable by fines from one to five times the minimum salary. It is within the jurisdiction of the local tribunal to collect these fines.

 Consular Operations

  • What ACS services are being offered?
    • Limited appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarials can be scheduled online. Please send any questions to MaputoUSCitizens@state.gov.
  • What visa services are being offered?
    • Routine visa services are available for residents of Mozambique only.  Please see detailed instructions on our visas page.
  • All consular visitors are asked to observe strict prevention measures and must use a facemask while inside the Embassy. 

 Local Resources:

  • 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.
  • Read the Boletim da República (Series 1, Number 65, published April 6, 2021) for full details on COVID-19 mitigation measures.

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