Mozambique travel update

Dana Tours Mozambique Travel Update 20 March 2020

We are here for you

Over the last 17 years, Dana Tours has operated with a core value of reliable service in responsible travel and tourism. This enduring value guides us as we face the difficult challenge of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic.

While there are still no confirmed cases in Mozambique, we want you to know that the safety and wellbeing of our travellers, team members and trade partners is our top priority.

Our thoughts go out to those infected and we appreciate all the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain COVID-19.

Natalie Tenzer-Silva,
Director of Dana Tours

Please see below our cancellation policies, guidelines, Mozambique travel updates and other information you may need. We will continue to update this page.

Mozambique travel update as of 4 February 2021

Legal Alert – COVID-19 – Public Calamity State

MXR Advogados & Associados released a legal alert on the latest Government measures to prevent Covid-19 in Mozambique. Click here for details on the measures

Travellers to Mozambique are advised to note the following:

The country has instituted new lockdown measures to combat the spread of the pandemic.

From Friday, January 15, beaches casinos, nightclubs, bars, gymnasiums, cinemas, theatres, museums and galleries will be closed.

President Filipe Nyusi announced new restrictive measures for 21 day to combat the spread of the pandemic.

Other measures are:

  • All commercial establishments must close at 18h00.
  • No private events, including weddings, may take place after 20h00.
  • Religious services, conferences and meetings, are allowed, but cannot not exceed a headcount of 50.
  • From Monday to Friday, restaurants may open from 06h00 until 20h00, and on Saturday and Sunday from 06h00 to 15h00.
  • Liquor stores may open from 08h00 to 13h00, but must remain closed on Sundays.
  • All travellers must present a COVID-19 test.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi relaxes travel restrictions

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, speaking to the nation on Thursday night, announced a relaxation in the travel restrictions imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mozambican diplomatic missions can now resume the issuing of tourist visas. Nyusi did not make clear whether tourist visas would be available at the airports and other points of entry, as they were before the pandemic. See the news here.

More air connections to Mozambique

Airlink will augment its South Africa – Mozambique network with scheduled services from Jo’burg to Pemba, Vilanculos and Beira starting from October 28. See the news here.

Travellers visiting Mozambique must complete the Traveller Health Questionnaire prior to arrival. Click here to download and complete the form.

On the 5th of September, President Filipe Nyusi declared a state of national public calamity to last for an indefinite period of time, maintaining, in general, restrictions, but defining the phased resumption of economic activities in the country. See the news here.
In summary:

• International flights have resumed but on reciprocity
• Quarantine and testing is still required on arrival: Quarantine of 10 days and retest OR quarantine of 14 days and no retesting.

Please note: Information is subject to change. For the most up to date information, please contact us directly or your local High Commission.

Legal Alert – COVID 19 – International Flights

MXR Advogados & Associado released a legal alert on the rules pertaining to international flights following the approval of the State of Calamity and Red Alert in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for details.

Mozambique extends State of Emergency

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, the State of Emergency was extended for another 30 days from the 30th of June.

Please read Press Release here in English and the Government Gazette here in Portuguese.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced on 28 June 2020 the extension of the state of emergency for another 30 days for the third time, with some measures relaxed to seek a new normality amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We decided to maintain the level three (measures) and adjust some measures that have an impact on the country, in a phased manner, to allow certain sectors to resume activities,” said Nyusi in his televised speech to the nation.

Nyusi mentioned the reopening of several sectors including education, business, culture and tourism, which he said must be done in strict compliance with the preventive measures and protocols defined by health authorities.

To boost tourism and stimulate business, the country will be open to investors, specialists and visitors, and flights from selected countries will be allowed, said Nyusi, adding that restaurants will reopen, but bars will remain closed.
Source: Xinhua

Mozambique declares a state of emergency

Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, declared a state of emergency on Monday 31 March 2020 in the country for the month of April, imposing limitations on movements within the country and border entries, among other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Read more here.

First case confirmed

The first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) was officially confirmed in Mozambique on 22 March.

Travel restrictions + suspension of visas

The Government of Mozambique has announced travel restrictions, to take effect from Monday 23 March. Entry visas will no longer be issued and all visas, which have not yet been used to enter the country, will be cancelled.

All travellers entering the country, irrespective of nationality, will be subject to 14 days of home quarantine.

Flexible bookings for peace of mind

We will do everything to ensure your travel safety and provide peace of mind.

We urge customers unable to travel currently to not cancel their bookings, but rather postpone their travel.

· For Dana Tours operated services, such as day tours and transfers, we are not charging cancellation fees, if cancelled up to the day prior.

· On services operated by sub-contractors and suppliers, such as hotels, we will negotiate on your behalf should you need to amend or cancel your travel booking. We are encouraged that so many of our suppliers have been flexible and willing to re-accommodate guests.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding an existing booking, if you are a local looking for a domestic holiday or an international considering a trip in the future.

Dana Tours hygiene and safety measures

We have implemented additional hygiene and safety measures such as disinfectant protocols and training staff accordingly.

Mozambique needs your support

We urge customers unable to travel to not cancel their bookings, but rather postpone their travel. We are here to assist with any changes to your travel bookings, as well as provide advice and recommendations.

Our network of local suppliers and contacts ensures that we can give you accurate information and advice based on the real situation on the ground.

Health and safety guidelines

Take heed of the following advice: (can you indent the 4 tick points?)

· Comply with these basic protective measures from the World Health Organization, regardless of whether you are at home or travelling.

· In brief:
> Wash your hands frequently, preferably with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
> Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
> Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
> If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care.

· Allow for extra travel time. Domestic and international airports and ports of entry are performing strict health and safety checks.

· Don’t travel without comprehensive travel insurance. Please contact us for recommendations.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding travel to Mozambique.

Recommended resources

Arm yourself with facts from reputable sources only. These include:

· The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)

· World Health Organization (WHO)

· Association of Southern African travel agents (ASATA) Coronavirus FAQs

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