Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Manica Province near Chimoio

The U.S. Embassy Maputo informs U.S. citizens of reported clashes on Friday September 25 allegedly between government security forces and a convoy from the opposition party Renamo in Manica Province near Chimoio. Exchanges of gunfire were reported starting around 1200 noon along the N6 between Gondola and Inchope around the village of Maforga. Reports indicate casualties of Renamo guards and possibly civilians. This is the second such incident in less than two weeks. A similar exchange of gunfire was reported on September 12 approximately 15 km from Chimoio.

US citizens are advised to monitor news reports, remain apprised of such events and determine if travel in the area is necessary. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor and report on developments.

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.