Foreign travel advice

Mozambique

Summary

On 5 to 6 October 2017, there were prolonged armed clashes with police in the town of Mocímboa da Praia (between Palma and Pemba) in Cabo Delgado province. There are reports of further armed attacks on police since then. Police road blocks have been reported. You should check local and social media for updates before you travel to the area and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Some tensions remain in Zambezia, Sofala, Manica and Tete provinces, mainly between the opposition party’s militia and state security forces. There were sporadic attacks in these provinces for much of 2016. A truce was declared on 27 December 2016.

In 2016 there were armed attacks on vehicles on main roads in Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia provinces. Police convoys were in operation but have now stopped.

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.

Terrorist attacks in Mozambique can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Piracy remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See Sea travel

Most visits to Mozambique are trouble-free, but violent crime does occur, and there has been a recent significant increase in cases of criminal kidnappings. You should take extra care. See Safety and security

Coastal areas have a risk of tropical cyclones during the rainy season (November to April). Monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation. See Natural disasters

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