Local time is GMT +2.
Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The rounded three-pin plug is common, particularly near the border with South Africa and in Maputo. Two round- and flat-pin plugs are also found. Still its advised to bring your own pin plugs after checking with the hotel you propose to stay. Rechargeable torches are always recommended as many beach resorts located in the interior regions often run on generators and they cut off the power supply during night to save energy. Couples traveling with kids should always recheck this with the hotels before you decide to stay.
Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13 main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist regions.
Meticash (MZN) or meticals is the local currency of Mozambique. US Dollars, Euro and South African Rand is also accepted in almost all hotels and can be converted easily in banks as well.
Health regulations in Mozambique require visitors to have a yellow fever certificate if travelling from infected areas. Malaria is a risk throughout the year in the whole country, and hence a good mosquito repellent will always be handy. Cholera and other water-borne diseases are prevalent during the rainy season. Diseases caused by unsanitary conditions are common throughout the country, and untreated water should be considered unsafe to drink. The government has declared tuberculosis (TB) a national emergency and it is expected to be a problem for the next 15 years. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. Visitors who will be spending a lot of time outdoors and may be at risk of animal bites should consider a rabies vaccination.
Hospital facilities are generally poor in Mozambique and outside the major cities of Maputo and Beira medical facilities are limited. Comprehensive medical insurance is essential and it is recommended that visitors carry personal medical supplies with them.
Tipping in Mozambique is not customary, although in tourist areas a tip of about 10 percent is expected.
Mozambique is as safe as any other country in Africa. Tourists are welcomed in all areas but unlikely situations can happen particularly in Maputo, like muggings, bag snatching and pick-pocketing, etc. Hence visitors are advised to be alert in public places, avoid being with strangers in isolated areas or giving your personal details to them, keep valuables out of sight and avoid walking anywhere at night. Identity documents should be carried at all times. All visitors, especially women, should avoid walking alone at night on any beach or isolated places.
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 along with the reflector jackets. Access to certain regions often depends on weather conditions, consequently it is advisable to obtain information on correct routes before planning a journey as you cannot find proper roads or signals to some resorts or camping sites.
Taking photographs of public buildings is prohibited by law. Identity documents should be carried at all times.
The international dialing code for Mozambique is +258. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa).
Travelers to Mozambique may enter the country with the following items and not incur customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 250g tobacco, perfume for personal use, and 750ml of spirits. Drugs are strictly prohibited and a permit is required for firearms and ammunition.
The summer season usually prevails from September until March, winter starts from April until August and heavy wind and rains can also be expected in the months of August and September.
Best Time To Visit
As Mozambique is basically visited for its magnificent beaches, hence summer would be the most ideal time to visit, but please bear in mind that sometimes temperatures can go upto 45 degrees.