Travel Documents Required
- Valid passport of the driver and passengers
- Unabridged birth certificate of children under 18 years of age
- Certified copy of vehicle registration papers in the name of the driver
– Letter of authority from the registered owner if the vehicle is not owned by the driver
– If vehicle is still being financed, carry a letter of authority from the bank (must include dates of travel) together with the vehicle license papers.
- Valid driver’s license
- Learner’s License are not accepted in Mozambique all drivers have to have a valid driver’s license
- Third-Party Insurance: Compulsory R220 for vehicles , additional R 110 for trailers (valid for 30 days)
- Red Warning Triangles: 2 triangles required (does not need to be displayed on car)
- Reflective Jacket: If more than two people are travelling in the car, then two jackets will be required (to be used when changing a tyre, at an accident scene, or if loading)
- Yellow and Blue Mozambique Warning Triangle: Two stickers required if towing a trailer; one in the front of the vehicle (on the bumper) and one on the rear of the trailer
- Fire extinguisher
- Never give your passport to anyone and avoid using locals to assist with border assistance. At the border you will find many people offering to assist, often with a card hanging around their neck, please be mindful as the majority are not border officials. Officials will normally wear a uniform.
- Rand currency is acceptable in Mozambique, although change is in Meticais
- Carry copies of your passport and driver’s license. It is quite useful to take and keep pictures on your phone of all your documents – in case of a mishap at least you have copies of all your important documents.
Border Crossing Procedure:
Procedure at the South Africa Border:
- Enter the gate and you will be given your gate pass which includes: your car registration and number of people in your vehicle
- Park your vehicle in the designated parking areas and enter the building, complete a vehicle temporary export document and gate pass, have them both stamped.
- If you have any export goods to declare, go to the Customs desk where your original invoices must be stamped
- Proceed to the Vehicle Registration desk (You should have all your vehicle registration documents) and collect the DA341
- Complete the DA341 form and have it stamped with your gate pass by the official.
- Proceed to Immigration desk along with your passport and gate pass and have your passport stamped.
- If you are not a South African citizen and want to reclaim VAT, present the goods and original invoices at the VAT counter for a VAT refund
- Return to your vehicle and give your gate pass to the official at the gate, at this stage a Customs Official may ask to search your car.
- Proceed to the Mozambique border post
Procedure at the Mozambique Border:
- You will receive a gate pass on entering Mozambique, make sure that you obey the directions and signals of the border officers and that you stop or park where they show you.
- Avoid people claiming to be government officials who offer to complete travel documentation for a fee. No fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents. Do NOT let the locals, help you, with the paperwork. Customs officials are not allowed to receive money, but helpers are!
- All passengers plus the driver must personally go through passport control at the immigration desk on the right as you walk in. in order to be allowed to enter Mozambique.
- The driver will take the gate pass and temporary export permit to the customs desk across the room get them stamped. You must have 3rd party insurance and road tax paid, this is R 220,00 per vehicle.
- Normal cameras and personal goods do not need to be declared, although if you are uncertain, ask.
- If you are taking anything of high value or electronic equipment through. declare the items.
- Items like laptops must be declared AND TAKE NOTE, fill in a separate form for each person
- Very important -make sure that you have your 3rd party insurance.
- Exit the building and find a customs official, usually dressed in a blue uniform they will check your vehicle to see that no forbidden goods or plants are being brought into Mozambique.
- They will sign your gate pass which you hand to the officer at the gate, who will then allow you through into Mozambique.