Currency: Mozambican Metical (MZN)
In the larger cities you can withdraw cash with international debit and credit cards (Visa & Mastercard preferred) at ATMs. Your card needs to have a chip and pin. In some cases, it is possible to pay with US Dollars and in Southern Mozambique with the South African Rand. Cashless payment is not particularly widespread in Mozambique, but mainly in the capital Maputo you can pay with credit cards in larger hotels, restaurants and in some supermarkets. Debit cards are not necessarily accepted for direct payments. We recommend that you bring enough cash with you when travelling outside of the cities. While changing money at a Bureau de Change is possible, it is not recommended as it is often a complicated and lengthy process.
Please be sure to advise your bank before you travel that you will be using your card in a different country as they may block access to your card if they do not know that you are currently travelling.
For current exchange rates please use this website.
Official Language: Portuguese
Visa Requirements: International travellers can get a visa at designated border posts upon arrival. Please check the list of designated border posts here.
Please also consult the Mozambican Embassy or Consulate for any updates before departure, especially when travelling with children.
Independence: 25 June 1975 from Portugal
Religion: A 2015 survey found that Christians made up 69.4% of Mozambique’s population and Muslims comprised 19.3% of the population. 1.4% of the people held other beliefs and 9.9% had no religious beliefs.
Souvenirs: Wood carvings, jewellery, pieces of hand turned pottery and paintings done by local artists.
Agricultural products: Coconut, cotton, cashew nuts, sugarcane, tea, cassava, corn, rice, tropical fruit, beef, and poultry
Main Industries: Agriculture, mining, food, beverages, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), petroleum products, textiles, cement, glass, asbestos and tobacco.
Best time to visit: Although showers are possible throughout the year, the rainy (and hottest) season is from around December to around May and this is also when the risk of malaria may be at its highest. Beaches are cooled by sea-breezes year-round and beware that the winter months on high ground such as Manica and Niassa provinces can see temperatures drop to the low tens (deg. C). Sometimes routes north of Beira and Pemba become impassable during the rains, but most resorts throughout Mozambique are accessible year-round. The whale (and windy) season is usually around June to September. May-June-July-August winds can be extraordinarily strong, reducing sea activities.
In northern Mozambique (Nampula and Cabo Delgado Provinces), while dirt roads are more difficult and it can be uncomfortably hot and humid for some (only December and January are really hot), the vegetation is lush, the wind is ideal for sailing & diving in the Quirimbas and the storms are magnificent.