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Old 11-18-2017, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Has anyone on these boards been to Mozambique? What were your experiences? Is it safe? Doable?

After my fascinating trip to South Africa last year, I've been thinking about another trip to Africa. Mozambique intrigues me for its African/Portuguese heritage. I hear the country is beautiful with special reserves like Gorongosa, superb beaches, some quaint colonial towns, good food.

I know it is becoming popular with South Africans who fly there on vacation.

But I also hear there is still crime, police bribery, poor infrastructure, malaria, etc.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Has anyone on these boards been to Mozambique? What were your experiences? Is it safe? Doable?

After my fascinating trip to South Africa last year, I've been thinking about another trip to Africa. Mozambique intrigues me for its African/Portuguese heritage. I hear the country is beautiful with special reserves like Gorongosa, superb beaches, some quaint colonial towns, good food.

I know it is becoming popular with South Africans who fly there on vacation.

But I also hear there is still crime, police bribery, poor infrastructure, malaria, etc.
I visited Maputo, but just for a few days.

It felt much safer than South Africa...no doubt about that. Being that South Africa has some serious safety concerns... but Mozambique felt less of that chasm of wealth, and in general, I observed a lot more Portuguese-looking people (from Portugal or Portuguese-descent Africans - I don't know) who seemed more connected with black-Africans (making the distinction because not all Africans are black). But it just had a different vibe altogether than South Africa, in regards to racial relations.

I also heard of the crime, police bribery....but I didn't experience anything on my short trip. I did read about that beforehand though. Infrastructure was fine in Maputo. Unfortunately, I never got out of the big city though...
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Thanks Tiger Beer for the information.
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I would absolutely go if I had a chance. I haven't been there since the early days of the Frelimo rule in the 70s, so I can't say much about what it might be like today. But I went back to Africa a couple years ago, and I surprised at how little it has changed in these 40 years.

The beaches have always been very popular with South Africans, even in Portuguese times.and apparently still are. White South Africans were, mostly, pretty willing to take a vacation from Apartheid once in a while, and had no problem mixing with blacks (very intimately) outside their own country.
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:44 AM
 
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The south is popular with South Africans because its just across the border but the country is huge and there are vast distances north to south. As one goes north things get progressively worse in terms of roads and infrastructure but seems to be slowly improving all the time. The country is extremely poor and as a result begging, pick pocketing and fake friendliness with a view to a hand out are all too common. In stark contrast to South Africa the level of violent crime is low.

There is rampant bureaucracy and corruption which is frustrating but a 'known entity'. Less so in Maputo and the touristy areas and they have started to realize it was affecting tourism income but still there in the more remote areas. The people are genuine and friendly overall. One has to remember they suffered 27 years or so of civil war and Im sure are pretty relieved to have peace.

If you like beaches, seafood, scuba diving, fishing and simple ways of life then its a great place.
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:26 AM
 
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Can you get a visa in arrival at Maputo airport if a is a.citizen?
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Old 03-17-2018, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Can you get a visa in arrival at Maputo airport if a is a.citizen?
According to Wikitravel, Mzambique is one of the most welcoming countries in Africa in that respect. The general view is that the visa can be stamped in on arrival, even at land borders. But there doesn't seem to be any reliable policy statement about this. If anybody was getting turned away, that would probably be reported on sites like Wikitravel or the tripladvisor discussion refrenced in the Wikitravel page.
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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Nice to know as there is no.mozambique consulate here in kuwait
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Old 03-18-2018, 05:56 PM
 
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Nice to know as there is no.mozambique consulate here in kuwait
Airlines are the experts on those questions, they take the responsibility for anybody they fly in who does not have a visa, and make it their business to be up to date on visa requirements. . Call Qatar Airways, they fly direct DOH to MPM, they will have the best answer.
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Old 03-23-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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Can you get a visa in arrival at Maputo airport if a is a.citizen?
What's an a.citizen?

You have to look up the legal situation for your country, in regards to Mozambique.

I'm from the U.S., originally, and I had to go to a Mozambique Embassy beforehand, and it took, if I recall correctly 5 days, and it costs some money (that I can't recall at the moment).

Anyway, Mozambique with have different visa rules/restrictions with each country out there, so just do a quick google search to see what the laws are for people of your nationality.
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