Mozambique – Good To Know Before You Go
Mozambique is an 801,590km² country on the east coast of the Southern part of Africa. It boasts with a beautiful 2,500km (1,550 miles) coastline and has proven itself as a holiday destination to contend with.
What makes Mozambique exceptional are the tranquil and unspoiled beaches, combined with luxurious accommodation and really good food.
However, there are a few things you need to know before you go.
For most countries Mozambique requires a 30 days visa which can be obtained upon arrival. However, it is best to check with your local immigration office and see what the requirements are for your country.
You can also check on the Passport Index site, although you should only use the site for informational purposes.
For more detailed information on visa requirements, make use of the High Commission for the Republic of Mozambique website.
The Mozambican Currency is called the Mozambician Metical, and international currencies tend to be much stronger than the local one. Most places accept Visa or MasterCard credit cards.
Cash is also accepted. In the southern areas, South African Rands as well as US Dollars are welcomed, but in the northern parts you will be better off with US Dollars.
In Mozambique the power plugs and sockets are of type C, F and M. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Visit the Power Plug And Sockets Of The World website for a more detailed explanation of plugs that work in Mozambique. You can select your own country and it will do a comparison for you.
Crossing The South African Border
If you cross the border by vehicle from the South African side, you will have to adhere to certain requirements. For example, you will need a certified copy of the vehicle registration papers in the name of the driver. You will also need a letter of authority from the registered owner if the vehicle is not owned by the driver.
If the vehicle you are travelling with is still being financed, you will have to carry a letter of authority from the bank stating which dates you will be travelling. The letter must also be accompanied by the vehicle license papers.
You will need to get a Temporary Import Permit for your vehicle as well as Third-Party Insurance which is compulsory.
For assistance with Third Party insurance you can contact the Automobile Association of South Africa.
Depending on where you go, you might need to have a 4×4. This is especially true when going to the most southern areas of Mozambique and when crossing the Kosi Bay Border Post.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease that can be transmitted through mosquito bites when travelling to regions where malaria is present. Some parts of South Africa as well as Mozambique are classified as Malaria areas.
Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite and there are prevention drugs available from pharmacies. However, they boast with side effects which we are not happy with and always prefer a more natural approach when possible.
Although Malaria is a serious point of concern, this should not prevent you from travelling to countries like Mozambique as there are a few things you can do to effectively guard against it.
Here are our recommendations, but you should always consultant with your own doctor and do your own research:
Ensure you always carry mosquito repellant with you. Peaceful Sleep or Tabard are well known mosquito repellant products that come in spray or stick form. Personally we prefer the stick which you can rub on any exposed areas of your body.
It is advisable to apply the repellant even before you board the plane, or as you approach the affected area by car. Planes that fly the route regularly, could have mosquitoes inside the cabin and you want to be prepared from the onset of your journey.
Artemisia is derived from the Artemisia plants and when administered correctly, will abort the parasitical infection before it develops into Malaria. When we travel to Malaria areas we get the Nordman brand of Artemisia which comes in capsule form. According to their website, “so far after more than 10 years of experience no malaria has been reported from people who used the correct dose and were on no medication.”
There also aren’t any known side effects which makes it a great alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
For more information, visit the Nordman Food Supplement website.
As explained in our post on High Altitude Sickness when doing the Everest Base Camp Trek, Vitamin C is great to fight off any potential bacterial, viral or parasitical infections (a great needed benefit on a trip to any 3rd world country).
We prefer the Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C from LivOn Labs for maximum potency.
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