Maputo is a cosmopolitan destination, where cultural diversity is welcome. Immigration from Africa and Europe has lent the city, in particular, an exciting vibe, contributing to its creativity.A wealth of artistic and musical talent, theatre and comedy are always at your disposal.Maputo has so much to offer as a tourist destination. It is blessed with attractions within thirty minutes by car from the city centre, Santo António Church, Natural History Museum, San Sebastián Fortress, railway station, Iron House, Fish Market and the Elephant of Maputo Reserve.
The local currency is the metical. Dollars and Rand are accepted in many places. Exchange iseasily available in the banks and exchange agencies. Credit cards and traveller`s cheques are accepted in most establishments.
Borders Control Posts
The existing posts are to found at Ressano Garcia (06H00-24H00), Namaacha (06H00-20H00), Goba (06H00 20H00), Ponta d`Ouro (06H30-17H30), Machipanda (06H00-18H00), Cuchamano (06H00-18H00), Zóbwè (06H00-18H00), Milange (06H00-18H00) and Mandimba (06H00-18H00).It is recommended that visitors arrive well before the stipulated closing times.PortsPorts: Maputo, Beira, Nacala and Pemba. Customs Upon arrival visitors must declare those articles subject to customs duties. Free of tax are objects of personal use Such as clothing, books and camaras Each visitor is allowed:
- Tobacco: 400 cigarettes or 100 small cigars or 50 big cigars or 250grm of loose tobacco;
- Alcoholic drinks: 1 litre of spirits and 2,25l of wine;
- Perfume: 50ml of perfume; Medication: reasonable quantities for personal use.
- Other articles not exceeding USD 50;
- Narcotics and Pornographic material are prohibited;
- Transport of arms must have a special license;
Any transactions with customs should include the respective receipt. Entry of vehicles on tourist or business trips belonging to or driven by non-residents a temporary import license is required upon entry into the country. Vehicles imported temporarily cannot be sold or lent out and the owners must present temporary import documentation whenever requested.
It is obligatory to carry identification at all times. An authenticated photocopy of the same is allowed.
All visitors must be in possession of a certificate declaring that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites and extra care taken when drinking water and eating local tropical food so as to minimize the risk of intestinal upsets so frequent in tropical climates. Should medical assistance be required, well-equipped clinics are available
Local voltage is 220/240 V 50 Hz.
Although local water is reasonably safe, visitors are advised to drink the good quality bottled water available in must urban and tourist centres.
The main urban centres provide the necessary postal services. Express Mail, such as DHL and EMS are also available.
In the North and along the coast, the climate is tropical and humid, in the Interior, the South and in the Province of Tete, tropical dry and in Gaza, tropical arid. The rainy season is between October and April, with temperatures between 27º and 29º and the dry season between May and September with temperatures between 18º and 20º.
In Mozambique driving is on the left. All drivers must carry the following documents: Identification, driver’s license, car registration, insurance when applicable a temporary import license for towing caravans, boats, etc. Seat belts are obligatory as is the emergency triangle in case of breakdown or accident. Access to certain regions often depends on weather conditions; consequently it is advisable to obtain information on certain routes before planning a journey.
Language Spoken In Mozambique
The official language is Portuguese. In general people understand and speak some English. Outside the urban areas, each region has its own Mozambican languages.
Local Time GMT+2 hrs
Public holidays in Mozambique are:
January 1st –New Year’s Day
February 3rd –Mozambique’s Hero’s Day
April 7th –Mozambique’s Women’s Day
May 1st –Labour Day
June 25th –Independence Day
September 7th –Lusaka Agreement Day
September 25th –Armed Forces Day
October 4th –Peace Day
24-26 November AFRICA CONGRESS OF ACCOUNTANTS
December 25th –Family Day