Updated January 14, 2020
As of January 14, Mozambique has 24,269 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 211 deaths. A total of 18,352 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 will come into effect for 21 days, including:
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 must close at 1800
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
The beaches are closed for purposes of physical and leisure activities; however, this restriction does not apply to sidewalks, pedestrian zones and boardwalks adjacent to beaches
Private events are limited to 30 people (50 if outdoors), physical distancing of 2 meters between people must be observed, and events must be finished by 2000
Worship services, conferences and other types of meetings must be limited to 50 people
Expired official documents are valid until May 30, 2021 visitors are advised to check the Boletim da Republica when it is released to confirm this date)
Teleworking is recommended, in particular for people at higher risk.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Non-Mozambican citizens, including 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.
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.
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.
if proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test is 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.
COVID-19 tests are available in Maputo:
Hospital Privado, Rua do Rio Inhamiara, Maputo
Contact Number: 21 488 600
No appointment necessary
Cost: 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.
Cost: 7000 MZN
Hours: 09:00 – 11:00 Monday – Friday
Time for Results: 24 hours
Clinicare, Rua Angelo Azarias Chichava CP 1676, Maputo
Contact Number: +258 84 311 4444
No appointment necessary
Cost: 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.
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:
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.