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MOZAMBIQUE – Visa on Arrival Only Available in Limited Circumstances

The Mozambique immigration authorities are beginning to refuse to issue visas on arrival to some foreign nationals entering the country for business or work purposes, stating that where possible, the visa should be obtained at the Mozambique consulate in the applicant’s country of residence prior to arrival.

Visas on Arrival

Visas on arrival are still available for people travelling to Mozambique for tourism, or for foreign nationals who have travelled from a country where there is no Mozambique consular representation.

If planning to obtain a visa on arrival, note that the foreign national must be able to present the following items to the official at the port of entry:

  1. Passport with at least six months’ validity and at least two blank pages
  2. Return or onward air ticket
  3. Evidence of business activities; for example, an invitation letter from a Mozambican company
  4. Evidence of adequate financial means and accommodation (may also be covered by a supporting letter from the sending or receiving company)

Consular Visa Applications

In cases where the applicant has travelled from a country where there is a Mozambican consulate or Embassy, they will be expected to have obtained a visa in advance of travel. Exact requirements for a consular business or work visa application vary from consulate to consulate, but, broadly, are the same as listed above for visa on arrival, with the addition of the visa application form and fee. Applications should be submitted at least three weeks in advance of travel.

Visa Exemptions

Visa exemption arrangements are in place for nationals of countries in the South African Development Community

Action Items

  • Note that, effective immediately, business and work visas should be obtained in advance of travel to Mozambique wherever possible.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Moving On

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.