Please Note with Immediate Effect (from 16 April 2016): MOZ BUSINESS LICENSE REQUIRED FOR ALL MOZ VISA APPLICATIONS
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Please see the above sequence of images for border procedure.
Kosi Bay / Ponta do Ouro Border Post
(Please confirm before travel – subject to change without notice.)
Passports & Visas:
All travellers to Mozambique require a valid passport
It must have at least one clean page to stamp and have at least 6 months left before the expiry date.
South Africans do not require a Visa to enter Mozambique
Other nationalities please enquire with your embassy.
Visas can be obtained at the border at the following rates:
|Moz MTs||Mts 2,135.00||US Dollar||$ 82.00|
You cannot bring organic matter back into SA once you have crossed into Mozambique. This includes fruit, vegetables, open meat (ok if vacuum packed), charcoal, wood curious, etc
Prawns are restricted to 2kgs per adult and certain fish species are prohibited from being brought into SA. Please check latest regulations with department of Agriculture, as they may change from time to time.
Documentation & Vehicle Requirements
3rd party insurance(purchase at the border) | 2 emergency triangles | reflective bib | if towing you need a yellow triangle on blue sticker (get from AA) | ZA sticker for SA registered cars, | vehicle registration and customs papers (obtained at the border) | passport | drivers licence.
1. SA Immigration:
On arrival on the SA side you will have you car and driver’s license check by SAP.
Then you must proceed to the red face brick building on the left to have your passports stamped by SA Immigration officials.
2. Mozambican Immigration:
Once that is done you can drive over to the Mozambican side.
Park on the holding apron, and take your passports to the Mozambican immigration officials to be stamped.
Mozambique immigration is the prefab building on the right hand side (moz Flag flies outside)
PLEASE CHECK TO SEE THAT ALL YOUR PASSPORTS HAVE BEEN STAMPED CORRECTLY STAMPED INTO MOZAMBIQUE
(SEE “SCAM” BELOW)
3. Mozambican Customs:
Once that is completed you can proceed to the Customs to get the temporary importation papers for your car and declare any other items not covered in you travel allowance.
Duty Free Import Allowances
Each traveller over 18 crossing into Mozambique is allowed to import the following for personal consumption only:
• Tobacco products: 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of smoking tobacco
• Alcohol: 1 litre spirits or 2,25 litre wine (3 standard bottles)
• Perfume: 50 ml perfume or 250 ml Eau de Toilette
• Pharmaceuticals: A 'reasonable amount' for personal use
• Other Goods: Up to the value of $200 US Dollars
No beer is allowed to be imported into Mozambique. Mozambique has world class beer, cheap and available virtually everywhere in Ponta.
Please note: under 18’s do not qualify for alcohol & tabacco duty free allowances
You will be given a copy of your Vehicle Temporary Importation permit, (there is no charge for this) and a gate pass showing the number of persons in the car.
Up until now, other than if you have goods to declare, no monies are payable.
4. Third Party Insurance:
Then go to the prefabs directly in front of you to get your 3rd Party insurance. This is a legal requirement for all vehicles entering Mozambique.
They all basically sell the same policies, so not important which one you go to.
These are the current costs:
Vehicle - R150.00 | Caravan, Motorcycle, Trailer - R80.00
5. Border Police & Customs Control:
When you have obtained all your documentation, you can drive with your car to the exit gate.
Here the Customs inspector and Border police will take your gate pass, and check your passports and vehicle papers.
If you car is being financed by a bank and it is registered in the bank name, make sure you have a letter from the bank authorizing you to take the vehicle into Mozambique. Make sure the validity period covers the duration of your stay.
Please check full details and requirements with your bank. Most banks require you to obtain this cross border consent letter each time you travel over the border.
As with most places in Africa – including South Africa – corruption has become a problem.
One of the scams we have encountered is that the Immigration Officials do not stamp all passports presented to them. On your return you are then “fined” for not having it stamped.
Please check when it is given back to you that you have been stamped into Mozambique (see example on left)
Should you encounter any problems, the below persons can help:
|Selma||Ponta Business Forum representative:||+258 84 215 3844|
|Camilo||Ponta Business Forum representative:||+258 84 604 4453|
|Gus||Owner Paraiso do Ouro Resort:||+258 84 201 1644|
|Mary||Manager Scuba Adventures:||+258 21 900 430|
Some important numbers to have is:
|Anti-corruption hotline||+258(0)82 965 7804|
|Medical Emergencies Central Hospital||+258(0)21 325 000|
|South African High Commission||+258(0)21 243 000|
|or after hours emergency||+258(0)84 304 4600|
|Track N4 route Emergencies||+258(0)82 303 4303 or +258(0)84 343 4346|
When dealing with the Police:
When you are pulled off by the traffic police (they wear a white shirt with navy blue trousers) always insist on a ticket and receipt for spot fining.
When you are pulled off by police (they wear grey uniforms) make sure to ask for identification and ask their name if they want to search your car for illegal objects.
Never hand over your passport or drivers licence you are allowed to only show them.