Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Crime on Avenida Organização das Nações Unidas

The U.S. Embassy has received numerous, recent reports of robberies and attacks along Avenida Organização das Nações Unidas from Avenida Fernão de Magalhães to the Praça 16 de Junho. Attackers particularly target pedestrians, and recent information indicates that attackers throw rocks at vehicles and then attack and rob the individuals who stop to check the damage.  Police rarely patrol this road and attacks have occurred both during the day and at night.  The embassy advises against walking in this area, and drivers should take alternate routes whenever possible.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mozambique enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Mozambique.  For additional information, refer to the Traveler’s Checklist on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Maputo is located at 193, Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M-Th, and from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Tel: 21-49-2797.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, call the embassy’s emergency after-hours number:  84-306-6480.