COVID-19 Information

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Last updated: 06/21/2021

***  Effective January 27, 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 June 21, Mozambique has had 72,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 848 deaths. A total of 70,049 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 May 26, 2021 President Nyusi extended the mitigation measures to combat COVID-19, with some adjusted regulations.

Current measures include:

  • In the Greater Maputo area and all provincial capitals there is a curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. every night.  The curfew also applies in Manhiça, Chokwe, Maxixe, Gondola, Moatize, Mocuba, Nacala, Montepuez, and Massinga.
  • Commercial establishments will be open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Restaurants may remain open until 9 p.m. every day.
  • Business and work visas are now authorized.
  • Religious services, conferences, and meetings may resume with a maximum of 75 people for indoor venues and 150 people for outdoor venues.
  • Private social events are prohibited throughout the country, except for wedding registrations which may have 20 attendees maximum.
  • Government events must not exceed 150 participants.
  • Additional safety measures are to be immediately implemented in all public establishments.
  • Public and private sector establishments will be held responsible for non-compliance with safety measures.
  • The use of a clear plastic face shield does not replace the use of a facemask.
  • Recreational and leisure sports and games are prohibited.
  • Casinos, museums, theaters, galleries, and similar cultural venues may open up to 40% capacity.
  • Large gyms may open to 40% of capacity; small gyms are not authorized to operate.
  • Hotel swimming pools may open for the use of hotel guests only.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages by bottle stores, greengrocers or supermarkets is allowed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday; no alcohol sales are permitted on Sundays or holidays. The sale of alcoholic beverages from stalls is prohibited.
  • The beaches are open for swimming and walking only; sunbathing and gatherings are not permitted. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach.
  • Public swimming pools may open to 30% capacity.
  • The validity of expired documents is extended until June 30, 2021.

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.

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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