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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the districts of Nangade, Quissanga, Ibo, Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia and Palma in Cabo Delgado province, due to attacks by groups with links to Islamic extremism.

Coastal areas have a risk of tropical cyclones during the rainy season (November to April). Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on Thursday 25 April. Cabo Delgado and Nampula continue to experience rain and flash flooding. Travel to and through the affected region is likely to be extremely difficult for some time. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation and follow the advice of local authorities.

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall at the port city of Beira on Thursday 14 March 2019. The cyclone devastated critical infrastructure in the provinces of Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Tete, including electricity, communication and road networks. Since then the situation has improved. The extent of the floods is now reducing. The airport is open. Major roads and communication lines have been restored. If you’re travelling to the affected areas, take extra care and follow the advice of the local authorities. There’s an increased risk from malaria and cholera. You should familiarise yourself with the symptoms and follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Mozambique. There has been an increasing intensity of attacks in Cabo Delgado since May 2018, with attacks reported in the districts of Palma, Mocimboa da Praia, Macomia, Nangade, Quissanga, Muidumbe, Meluco and Ibo. Insurgents have used machetes and firearms to conduct lethal attacks, as well as burning vehicles and homes. There are reports of an increased security presence in the province, including road blocks, and there are regular clashes between insurgents, armed vigilante groups and Mozambican security forces. If you’re planning to travel to the area, you should check local and social media for updates before you travel and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Terrorism

During the rainy season (November to April) there is widespread flooding around river basins, especially the Zambezi. Monitor local reports and check your routes before travelling. See Natural disasters

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.

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 have been 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

Consular support is limited in parts of Mozambique where we advise against all but essential travel. If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.