Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Sofala and Manica Provinces

The U.S. Embassy in Maputo informs U.S. citizens that in the past week there have been reports unattributed shooting incidents involving government, international organization, and civilian vehicles in Sofala and Manica provinces. The incidents occurred on the EN1 in southern Sofala province near Muxungue on February 11, and further north on the EN1 between Vila de Gorongosa and Caia on February 17. The shootings caused one fatality and an unknown number of injuries.

U.S. embassy officials are restricted from traveling in Sofala or Manica on the EN1 between the Save River (in the south) and the city of Caia (in the north); as well as travel on the EN6 between Beira and Chimoio.

US citizens are advised to monitor news reports, remain apprised of such events, and determine if travel in these areas is necessary.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mozambique.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, located at 193, Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, and is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You may also call 21-49-2797 during normal business hours, 84-306-6480 during after-hours.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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