COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 12/03/2021

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States..

Country-Specific Information

As of December 3, Mozambique has had 151,652 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,941 deaths. A total of 149,538 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 October 24, President Filipe Nyusi announced new measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (Decree 86/2021). These apply to all persons residing in Mozambique.

All measures noted in Decree 80/2021 from October 6 and Decree 76/2021 from September 24 are maintained. The following are new measures which began at midnight October 25, 2021, regulations will be in effect until December 20:

  • Revúbue beach in Tete province has been added to the following list of beaches closed to bathers:
    • Costa do Sol and KaTembe, in Maputo City;
    • Ponta do Ouro and Macaneta, in Maputo Province;
    • Bilene and Xai-Xai, in Gaza Province;
    • Tofo, Barra and Guinjata, in Inhambane Province;
    • Estoril, Macúti and Ponta Gêa, in the city of Beira;
    • Zalala, in the City of Quelimane;
    • Fernão Veloso and Chocas-Mar, in Nampula Province;
    • Wimbe Maringanha, Sagal and Inos, in the city of Pemba;
    • Chuanga-Metangula Beaches, Niassa Province.
  • Mandatory curfew in Maputo, provincial capitals, municipalities and towns throughout Mozambique is from midnight to 4:00 am.
  • Pre-school classes are authorized throughout the country.
  • Hospital visits are extended to two visitors per patient per day.
  • Opening of public swimming pools is authorized, not exceeding 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Opening of theaters, cinemas, game rooms, cultural centers, auditoriums and similar institutions, not exceeding 40% of maximum capacity.
  • The number of participants in private social events must not exceed 50 in closed spaces and 100 people in open spaces and must not exceed 30% of the site’s maximum capacity.
  • Multipurpose and large gyms must not exceed 50% of maximum capacity and medium-sized gyms must not exceed 30% of capacity.
  • The number of participants in places of worship must not exceed 100 closed spaces and 250 people in open places, not exceeding 50% of maximum capacity.
  •  Increase in the number of attendees permitted at meetings in public and private institutions with a maximum of 100 in closed spaces and 250 people in open spaces, not exceeding 50% of the site capacity.
  • In accordance with certain Ministry authorizations, some government events with up to 400 people may be authorized.
  • Increase from 20 to 50 participants in funerals, with the exception of deaths by COVID-19, which remains at a maximum of 10.
  • Extension of visits to prisons to 4 per month, for each prisoner.
  • Normal operation of public institutions and private companies is authorized with strict observance of the COVID-19 protocols.
  • Elite team trainings and provincial competitions are authorized.
  • Opening of the Giriondo and Pafuri border crossing points into South Africa, in Gaza province.
  • Opening of stalls selling food products, with the sale of alcoholic beverages prohibited.
  • Visiting of museums and galleries at 100% capacity.
  • Shopping centers open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays and holidays.
  • Other commercial establishments open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, remaining closed on Sundays and holidays.
  • Bakeries open from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Wholesale establishments open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Saturday, remaining closed on Sundays and holidays.
  • Bottle stores are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Saturday, remaining closed on Sundays and holidays. Onsite consumption of alcohol and home delivery service of alcohol are prohibited.
  • Distribution and sale of alcoholic products by official distributors from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sundays and holidays.
  • In restaurants, the maximum capacity must not exceed the limit of 4 persons per table indoors and 6 persons per table, outdoors.
  • Bars are allowed to open, as long as they have properly ventilated areas, operating from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, not exceeding 20% of its maximum capacity indoors and 50% outdoors.
  • Restaurants, take-aways and home delivery services are open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Walking and other physical activities while maintaining social distance are permitted.

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 24 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
Address -Rua do Rio Inhamiara, Maputo
Contact – sharon.silvester@lenmedmaputo.co.mz
PRO.MPL@lenmedmaputo.co.mz
845855290/845837970
Working hours: 24 hours
PCR tests: 4,000.20 MZN
Antigen Rapid Tests: approved for travel to the EU 1800 MZN
To book contact: PRO.MPL@lenmedmaputo.co.mz or call 845855290/845837970
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
Contact -21 411 000, 84 123 4118, 82 028 0545
Working hours: 24 hours
PCR Test: 5,250 MZN, Time for Results – 24-48 hours (always ask)
Rapid antigen test -1200 MZN, results 30 minutes-1 hours
Weekend testing – yes,

Lancet Lab
Address -Sommershield Clinic, Rua Da Frelimo nr 52, Maputo
Contact -21 483 90015; 84 323 1375
Process – Get requisition from lab, no appt needed, present to Lab for sample collection
Working Hours – Mon-Friday 0700-16:00
PCR Test: 5000 MZN
Time for Results – 48 hours (always ask)
Rapid Antigen Test: not available
Swab at home option – extra 1,597 MZN- coordinate with reception
Weekend testing – no

Oceanpath
Address: Rua Kibiriti Diwane nr 106, Sommerschield, Maputo
Process – No appt, walk in
Phone: 21 494 278
PCR Test: 5000 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 – One of their doctors will come to your residence to take the sample.
All paperwork is completed by them, Oceanpath lab.
They request a passport copy, physical address, contact number and travel dates.
Testing is done between 0730-1000 Monday to Friday.
Price-7.000 MZN
Turnaround: 24-36hrs (always ask) Weekend testing – no

Ayamed
Rua Tomás Ribeiro Nr 2
Contact – +258 84 998 8000/1
+ 258 87 988 8001
Mon/Friday 0800-1800
Saturday 0800-1400
PCR Test: swab at clinic, turnaround:
24 hours-4900 MZN
6 hours- 6500 MZN
2 hours 10000 MZN
Rapid Antigen Test: 700 MZN results 30 minutes
Rapid Test for Travel to Portugal (TAP only) 1150 MZN
Extra 3000 MZN for swab at home option

Biolife
1138 Kim Il Sung
Contact – +258 82 989 8986
+ 258 84 989 8987
Mon/Saturday 0700-1800
Sunday 0700-1700
PCR Test: swab at clinic, turnaround:
24 hours-4500 MZN
5-6 hours- 5500 MZN
2 hours 10000 MZN
Rapid Antigen Test: 1000 MZN results 30 minutes
Extra 1000 MZN for swab at home option

Clinic Clidis
Address: Rua Dr. Nkutumula 511, Matola A
Contact – +258 84 958 1057
PCR Test
Turnaround: 24 hours –3800 MZN (0800-1100)
6 hours 0800-1100-5500 MZN (0800-1100)
Rapid Antigen Test: 1.000 MZN, results in 1 hour
Lab’s general working hours:
Monday to Friday 0800-1800
Saturday 0800-1600
No testing on Sundays
Extra 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
788 Kenneth Kaunda
Contact – +258 84 555 5911
Process – Call for appt
Mon/Sunday 0730-1600
PCR Test: 6900 MZN swab at clinic
Turnaround: 24 -48 hours (always ask)
Rapid Antigen Test: 2500 MZN results 30 minutes- 1 hour
Extra 700 MZN for swab at home option
Weekend testing- Saturday until 12.
Extra charge 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? 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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