Mozambique

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Mozambique, which gained independence from Portugal in 1975, is still suffering from the effects of a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992. The country has enjoyed peace since 1992 after 30 years of war, and the politicians have genuinely endeavored to maintain and build on this peace. The government has performed admirably in advancing the nation’s democratic, economic and religious freedom status. Mozambique is on the southeastern part of the continent, northeast of South Africa. Its coastline of turquoise waters, colorful fish, well preserved corals and pounding surf is making it one of the up and coming travel spots in Africa. Portuguese is the official language of the people but, several indigenous languages, including Makhuwa are still in need of translation. We are working together in Bible translation with MAST.  It can be a wonderful country in which to serve. Please consider joining us on a MAST trip.

 

Quick Jump

MAST

Visa:

  • A passport and visa are required for entry into Mozambique.
  • We recommend that you use Travel Docs Visa information.
  • Attach 2 passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
  • A business letter of responsibility is required, to be typewritten on your company letterhead and address to the Embassy of Mozambique, Visa Section, Washington, DC
    • The letter must explain all of the following: Nature of business to be performed, and name and address of reference to be visited.
  • Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
  • At least 1 blank visa page in your passport.
  • Application form must be typed not handwritten.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.


Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead.


Medical:

  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Mozambique for the most up to date travel info.
  • Yellow fever certificate is required only if you are passing through yellow fever belt area before entering  Mozambique.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.


Clothes:

 

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women: 
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Recommend good walking soles. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."

 

Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Small flashlight.

 

Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Mozambique so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.