29 July 2014

Mozambique: Tightened Visa Requirements for Entering Mozambique

Maputo — The United States embassy has warned that the Mozambican immigration service is now enforcing the regulation that visas must be obtained prior to arrival.

With the exception of nationals from a few countries that have entered into specific agreements with the Mozambican government, foreigners are required to have a visa in advance of arrival if they are travelling from a country that has a Mozambique embassy.

This has been the rule since 2003, but until recently visas have been issued upon arrival.

According to the US embassy, "foreigners arriving without a visa from a country with a Mozambican mission will likely be denied entry and sent to South Africa or another country on the next available flight".

It warned that "many US citizens have recently been denied entry and deported", and added "in practice, even Americans arriving from a country without a Mozambican diplomatic presence are sometimes being denied entry if arriving without a visa".

The embassy also claims that "US citizens have been denied entry for not being able to produce an invitation letter, other requested documentation, or correctly completed arrival forms".

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