Travel Information

The official currency is the Metical. The written abbreviation is MZN.

Available notes are 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Meticals. Available coins are, 1 Cent, 5 Cents, 1, 2, 5, 10 Meticals.

Visitors to Mozambique are advised to change foreign currency at banks, bureaux de change or authorized hotels. The easiest currencies to exchange are US Dollars, ZARs and Euros. There are restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Mozambique, that amount is equivalent to USD 5,000.00.

Travelers are advised to convert any excess Mozambican Meticals into foreign currency at a bank or bureau de change before departure. Anyone wishing to take more than USD 5,000.00 out of the country requires written authorization from the Central Bank.

Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory in Mozambique. Guides, drivers, waiters and hotel staff can be tipped at your discretion.

Time, Public Holidays and Business Hours:

Mozambique has a single time zone which is GMT +2.

Most businesses in Mozambique are open from Monday to Friday, though some also trade on Saturday. Business hours are generally 8:00am to 5:00pm, closing for an hour over lunch (01:00pm - 02:00pm).

Banks are open from 8:00am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday with some branches open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:00am. Many banks are equipped with 24 hour ATM machines.

Telecommunications: Mozambique has a good network of telephone, cellular and satellite connections. Most hotels and lodges offer international telephone and fax services. In larger towns, private telecommunication centers also offer international services.

If you have a mobile phone with a roaming connection, then you can make use of Mozambique’s excellent cellular networks, which covers larger towns and tourist areas.

When calling Mozambique, the International code is 258.

Internet: Mozambique has good Internet Service Providers with email and internet services offered by many hotels and lodges. In most towns, there are plenty of private business centres and cyber cafes offering email and internet access.

Media: Mozambique has several Portuquese language newspapers and few English language newspapers.Digital satellite television has become widespread throughout Mozambique in recent years and most city hotels provide this South African based service offering a range of channels. There is also locally produced television and radio media.

Public Transport: Mozambique has country wide, relatively cheap public transport in the form of trains, ferries, and chapas (mini-buses) but all tend to be crowded and suited for the more adventurous traveler.

Electricity: The electricity supply in Mozambique is 220/240 volts at 50Hz. Plugs are 2 point round .