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(Updated October 22, 2020)
As of October 22, Mozambique has 11,559 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 81 deaths. A total of 9,226 individuals have recovered from the disease.
On September 7, 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 and preserves many of the SOE COVID-19 prevention measures with gradual resumption of social and economic activities in coordination with health authorities.
- During the SOPC the following prevention measures remain in effect:
- General measures to prevent the pandemic, including facemask use and social distancing
- Continued quarantine, isolation, and hospitalization policies defined under the SOE
- Closure of clubs, bars, and informal stalls which sell alcoholic beverages
- Suspension of team sport activities
- Reduced hours of operation for markets
- Passenger limits for buses, vans, and other methods of public transportation
The SOPC will allow for the gradual resumption of the following activities:
- Issuance of national identification cards, driving licenses, residency cards, temporary visas, and passports (the latter two can now be requested online for those already present in Mozambique)
- Resumption of visa waiver agreements between Mozambique and other countries on a reciprocal basis
- Resumption of commercial passenger flights with select countries on a reciprocal basis
- Resumption of in person classes for the 12thgrade on October 1
- Resumption of in person classes for other levels of secondary and primary education once authorized by their respective ministers depending on the epidemiological situation and assessment by health authorities on a case-by-case basis
- Beach access in compliance with prevention measures will resume on September 15 with the exception of group sport activities, musical performances, and alcohol consumption
- Restaurants will be allowed to open indoor areas provided they observe social distancing and other prevention measures
- Public and private institutions can conduct operations in conformance with social distancing and preventative measures including temperature checks, regular cleaning of facilities, ventilation, prohibition of sick staff entering facilities, and a limit of 40 people for events
- Private social events are permitted with up to 40 attendees
- Religious services are permitted at 50 percent capacity, up to 150 attendees
Entry and Exit Requirements
The Ministry of Health (MISAU) continues 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 traveler will incur the cost for the test. Alternately, travelers can complete a 14-day self-quarantine day period without undergoing a second PCR-based COVID-19 test.
U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Mozambique. Airport / border visas are not being issued at this time.
Entry procedures (residence permit holders):
Non-Mozambican citizens, including U.S. citizens, that have a valid DIRE (residence permit) and/or required visa(s) are now able to enter Mozambique, subject to the COVID-19 testing requirement above, without seeking specific authorization from the Ministry of Interior.
Entry procedures (without residence permit):
Non-Mozambican citizens who do not have a valid DIRE and/ or visa(s) are required to seek authorization to enter Mozambique from the Ministry of Interior. Such travelers wishing to enter Mozambique must obtain authorization to enter Mozambique at the Ministry of Interior via a letter addressed to “Sua Excelencia Secretário Permanente do Ministério do Interior”. The letter should include the following information:
- Traveler name and passport details
- Date and time of arrival
- Flight Information/Travel itinerary
- Purpose of travel to Mozambique
The letter should be submitted at the Secretaria Geral do Ministério do Interior located at av. Olof Palme 46/48, Maputo, Mozambique. Please allow 7 days for the Ministry to consider the request. Once the request has been approved by the Ministry of Interior, the traveler will be instructed to apply for a visa at the nearest Mozambican embassy or consulate. Travelers must complete a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test within 72-hours of travel.
Note that the issuance of airport / border visas has been suspended.
Extension of Visas:
For foreigners already present in Mozambique whose visas were automatically extended through September 30, 2020, you may begin the process of applying for an extension of your visa online:
No specific authorization is required to exit Mozambique. Per a communication from the Ministry of Interior on August 20, 2020, previous requirements that travelers seeking to exit Mozambique must obtain authorization have been lifted.
Please note that a negative COVID-19 test may be required by the airline and/ or destination country, travelers should consult airline and destination country regulations. Hospital Privado in Maputo is able to deliver COVID-19 test results within 72 hours.
The Mozambican Government has mandated a 10-day self-quarantine for all arrivals, regardless of citizenship or prior travel, followed by a negative PRC-based COVID-19 test. Alternately, travelers may self-quarantine for a 14-day period without completing an additional COVID-19 test.
The Mozambican Government has mandated a 14-day self-quarantine for all persons who have had direct contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- Boletim da Republica Series 1, Number 171.
- Informal Translation of the Boletim da Republica Series 1, Number 171
- 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.