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Travel guide to Mozambique

Passports
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date.
Visas
Mozambique visas are compulsory, but can be purchased on arrival at major airports and land border crossings (approx £35/$37/€35/ZAR470 pp).
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements, but malaria tablets are recommended. As tsetse fly and dengue fever are present, a good insect repellent and anti-histamine are advised. The mosquito that spreads dengue bites during the day and is more common in urban areas. If you are prone to motion sickness, take tablets for any light aircraft flights. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations recommended (eg Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB). There is no yellow fever in Mozambique.
Currency
Mozambiquan Meticals (MZN) - but tourists can use US dollars (USD) or South African rands (ZAR). You can exchange currency at the airport on arrival, but you will not be able to exchange any surplus currency afterwards. Remember to ask for small denominations, which are useful for tipping
Language
Portuguese
Time Zone
GMT + 2 hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Cash – it is essential to take foreign currency in small denominations, and only exchange amounts you are likely to use into locak currency, as you will not be able to change any surplus back into hard currency afterwards. Take sufficient foreign cash with you, as you may not find any working cash machines outside Maputo. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights 
 
Baggage – if you are flying on a light aircraft, your luggage must be packed in soft sports bags, usually restricted to 15 kg. Rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods and will be left behind 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security. Any device that does not switch on cannot be checked in and must be surrendered 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and turn off data roaming to avoid nasty bills. Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi but be aware that some regions may not have cell phone coverage 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. Credit cards are accepted at most tourist hotels, but always ensure you have cash when travelling in the countryside 
 
Clothing – avoid packing too many clothes. Light clothing is best including a day pack, T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, insect repellent, swimming costume, sunglasses, sunscreen and flip-flops. Waterproof reef walking shoes are essential, as well as snorkel, mask & fins (these can be hired locally, but quite expensive). A good torch with adequate batteries is also essential, as power is sometimes interrupted at night for short periods. A cardigan may be needed for cooler evening and rain gear will be required in the wet season. Sanitising hand cleaner/wet wipes and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). If you are a keen birder we suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share 
 
Plugs – type C (European 2-prong) 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of English reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights, as these will be hard to come by 
 
Water – tap water is safe to brush your teeth, but drink only bottled water 
 
Food – Mozambique is renowned for Portuguese-influenced cuisine, which includes fiery peri-peri chicken and some of the best prawns and crayfish in the world. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for in luxury tourist hotels 
 
Taxis – in Maputo only use regulated taxis, which are best ordered through your hotel 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the left, although we do not recommend self-driving in Mozambique except as a 4x4 adventure 
 
Safety – as this is a third-world country, take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular, avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash in your hotel safe 
 
Tipping – this is voluntary and should depend on the level of service received. We suggest the following USD per couple (or ZAR or local currency equivalent), but this can be reduced for longer stays: 
- overland driver/guide: $10 per day 
- city guide: $10 per day ($5 for half day) 
- tipping box for hotel staff: $2 per day 
- waiters: 10% if not already added to your bill 
- porters: $1 per bag.
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