COVID-19 Information

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Last updated: 09/20/2021

***  Effective January 28, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

Country-Specific Information

As of September 19, Mozambique has had 150,018 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,903 deaths. A total of 145,606 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.

President Nyusi announced new measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Mozambique. These apply to diplomats as well as Mozambican residents and took effect at midnight on Monday, August 16, 2021.

All measures noted in Decree 50/2021 from July 16 (ref MN) are maintained for an additional 30 days:

  • In the Greater Maputo area and all provincial capitals there is a curfew in place from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. every night. The curfew also applies in Manhiça, Chokwe, Maxixe, Gondola, Moatize, Mocuba, Nacala, Montepuez, Massinga and Guruè
  • 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.
  • The validity of PCR tests for short cross-border trips is now only 7 days.
  • All documents that expire during this period, with the exception of passports, are now valid until August 30.
  • In-person classesin 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.
  • Pre-school education is suspended for 30 days nationwide.
  • 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.
  • All religious services and celebrations, and conferences and meetings are suspended.
  • The use of theaters, casinos, cinemas and concert halls is prohibited.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • State meetings or events are permitted for up to 80 people when duly justified.
  • 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.
  • Museums, galleries and the like may remain open but are limited to 20 percent capacity.
  • Public swimming pools are closed, except for hotels, which may be used only by hotel guests and up to 20 percent capacity.
  • The training of competitive teams is prohibited, but national teams with international commitments may continue to train.
  • Large and medium-sized multipurpose gyms are closed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bottle stores are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
  • Restaurants, take-aways and home delivery services are open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • 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.
  • Bakeries and pastry shops are open from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications must define the maximum capacity in the different means of transport.

The following are new measures which began at midnight August 16, 2021 for a period of 30 days (although they may be revised after a period of 15 days):

  1. In places where face-to-face classes are suspended, in-person exams are authorized, in strict compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures.
  2. Suspension of in-person classes in the towns of Vilankulo and Massinga, and the city of Maxixe (in Inhambane province).

These measures are in addition to the prior measures already in place, some of which include:

  • All incoming travelers must present a negative test for COVID-19.
  • All persons displaying respiratory symptoms or fever must stay home.
  • Discos, bars and stalls selling alcoholic beverages will remain closed.
  • Teleworking is recommended, in particular for people at higher risk.

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 72 hours? 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
Rua do Rio Inhamiara, Maputo
Contact Number: 21 488 600
No appointment necessary
Price: 4000 MZN
Hours: 24 hours / 7 days a week
Time for Results: 48 hours (expedited service available)

MEDI-EVAC Medical Assistance
Contact Number: 86 655 5911
Medical staff will come to your residence to take the sample.
Price: 7000 MZN
Hours: 09:00 – 11:00 Monday – Friday
Time for Results: 24 hours

Clinicare
Rua Angelo Azarias Chichava CP 1676, Maputo
Contact Number: 84 311 4444
No appointment necessary
Price: 5500 MZN
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 16:00
Time for Results: 24 hours if test taken before 11:00, otherwise 48 hours. Friday results are available the following Monday.

Oceanpath
Rua Kibiriti Diwane nr 106, Sommerschield, Maputo
Contact Number: 21 494 248
Price: 5000 MZN
Time for Results: 24 Hours

Aeromed (at-home testing)
Contact Number: 84 555 5911
Price: 7600 MZN
Turnaround: 24 hours

Medivac (Anka’s ambulance service, provides at-home testing)
Contact Number: 86 655 5911
Price: 7000 MZN
Turnaround: 24 hours

Centro Medico Nhamacunda (Vilankulos)
Contact Number: +258 293 84321 / +258 827 644911
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Price: 5800 MZN
Time for Results: 48 hours for tests administered before noon

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? No
  • 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) are able to enter Mozambique, subject to the COVID-19 testing requirement below, without seeking specific authorization from the Ministry of Interior.
      • Tourists: For travelers arriving for tourism purposes only, visas are available upon arrival with proof of a return ticket and hotel booking. Please be aware that U.S. citizens have been denied entry for not having obtained the proper type of visa in advance. Obtaining your visa in advance from the Mozambican Embassy in Washington, DC is strongly encouraged.
      • Business Travelers: Non-Mozambican citizens who do not have a valid DIRE and/or visa(s) and are traveling for work or business purposes 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 Excelência 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 Avenida 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.

    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • Travelers arriving in Mozambique 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. Children up to age 11 are exempt from this requirement.
      • For purposes of land border crossings, COVID-19 tests remain valid for 14 days for those requiring multiple entries over a short period of time or leaving Mozambique for a short duration.
      • 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.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes

Please see above information on Country-Specific Information

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Please read the current U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Mozambique. 

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test must be presented upon arrival.
    • All persons who test positive for COVID-19 or have been directly exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • A limited 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 all passengers must use facemasks or visors.

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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