Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Sofala Province, with the exception of the provincial capital, Beira.

The Government of Mozambique confirmed that a military operation, targeting the Renamo opposition party’s Santunjira base camp in Sofala Province, took place on 21 October 2013.

Since then there have been reports of a number of armed attacks in the region, including against vehicles travelling on the EN1 road, resulting in some fatalities. The situation in Sofala Province remains tense.

In December 2013 there were reports of violent clashes between government forces and Renamo in Manica and Nampula provinces, and an armed attack on a civilian vehicle travelling along the E8 road between Nampula and Malema.

On 7 January 2014 there was a reported clash between Renamo and government forces in Homoine district in Inhambane Province. The situation remains tense. Check local media and take great care if you’re planning travel to the region.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, especially for shipping which does not take appropriate precautions or follow agreed shipping industry best practice guidelines. See River and Sea travel.

All Mozambican airlines are banned from flying into the EU. See Air 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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