The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising Nationals against all non-essential international travel at this time.
Existing advice for Mozambique remains in place:
The FCO advise against all travel:
- to the district of Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado Province
The FCO advise against all but essential travel:
- to the districts of Nangade, Quissanga, Ibo, Macomia, Palma, Meluco, Mueda and Muidumbe in Cabo Delgado province, including the islands off the coast, due to attacks by groups with links to Islamic extremism.
- on the EN1 road between Inchope and the town of Gorongoza and the EN6 road between Tica and Inchope, in Sofala province. Since August 2019, there have been a number of armed attacks on vehicles on roads in the province.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Mozambique. The Mozambique authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Mozambique. There has been an increasing intensity of attacks in areas of Cabo Delgado province dating back to January 2019. Militants have used explosives, machetes and firearms to conduct lethal attacks, as well as burning vehicles and homes. There are reports of an increased security presence in the province, including road blocks, and there are regular clashes between militants, armed vigilante groups and Mozambican security forces.
There is also a threat of kidnap in Mozambique, which is particularly acute in northern districts of Cabo Delgado province.
South African Airways is undergoing a business rescue process resulting in changes to its international and domestic flight schedules and some cancellations.
Cabo Delgado Province was affected by heavy rains and flooding in late December 2019. Monitor local reports, check your routes before travelling and follow the advice of local authorities..
Mozambique was affected by two major tropical cyclones during the 2018-19 rainy season, which had a major impact on the people and infrastructure of Sofala, Manica, Nampula, Tete, Zambezia and Cabo Delgado provinces. Critical infrastructure has been restored and main roads are open. However, not all bridges have been repaired and travel in the rainy season may therefore be restricted.
Coastal areas have a risk of tropical cyclones during the rainy season (November to April). Widespread flooding can also occur around river basins, especially the Zambezi.
Most visits to Mozambique are trouble-free, but violent crime does occur and there have been cases of criminal kidnappings.
Traffic accidents are common due to the condition of the roads, poor driving and vehicle standards. Always drive carefully and be aware of pedestrians using the roads. If you’re travelling by road make sure you have relevant documents with you at all times and monitor local media for traffic updates
Piracy remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.