COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  01/25/2021

***  Effective January 26, 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.

Country-Specific Information

As of January 25, Mozambique has 32,418 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 305 deaths. A total of 20,558 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 January 15, 2021, a number of mitigation measures came into effect for 21 days.  (Please see the January 13, 2021 Boletim da República, Series 1, Number 8 for full details.)

Some of the measures include:

  • All incoming travelers must present a negative test for COVID-19.
  • All persons displaying respiratory symptoms or fever must stay home.
  • Restaurants and similar venues will observe the following schedule: Monday to Friday from 0600 to 2000, Saturday and Sunday from 0600 to 1500.
  • Commercial establishments will observe the following schedule: Monday to Thursday from 0800 to 1800, Friday to Sunday from 0800 to 1500.
  • Markets will be open from 0600 to 1700.
  • Private events must conclude by 2000.
  • Discos, bars and stalls selling alcoholic beverages will remain closed.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages by bottle stores, greengrocers or supermarkets is only allowed between 0800 and 1300 from Monday to Saturday.
  • Cultural and recreational activities in cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, cultural centers and catering establishments are suspended.
  • Gyms, swimming pools and other sports venues dedicated to the practice of physical exercises will remain closed.

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: 3800 MZN
Hours: 7:30 to 16:00
Time for Results: 48 hours

 

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

  

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  •  Has the government of Mozambique approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States 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.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

 

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? No
  • 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 Republica (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?
    • Limited appointments for student and exchange visitors, and government travelers are available. 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.

 

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