THE ROAD TO MOZAMBOOGY
Situated 4 hours from Durban and 6 hours from Johannesburg, you can enter through either the Kosi Bay border post (15 Km’s from us), Swaziland, or the Lebombo border post at Komatipoort.
A border transfer service from the Kosi Bay Border is also offered for those who do not have a 4×4 vehicle.
Mozambique announces visa exemption for 28 countries
Visa – You do not need to obtain a visa in order to enter into Mozambique if you have a South African passport, otherwise a visa is still required
No firearms will be allowed across the border and it may not be handed into any police station in South Africa, due to changes in legislation.
No animals will be allowed through the border.
Travellers who have been to countries affected by Yellow Fever will need to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.
Motorists whose cars are still financed by the bank need to get an authorisation and insurance repatriation confirmation from the same bank before attempting to cross the border.
Vehicles which are fully paid will require the original registration papers.
Should a different person, other than the owner, drive the vehicle , the written permission of the owner is required.
Drivers that is not South African citizens are advised to obtain an international driver’s license.
Travellers need to avoid people claiming to be government officials who offer to complete travel documentation for a fee.
Make sure to fill in the proper import documents in Mozambique at customs (Alfandega), they request these documents when you leave Mozambique.
“These individuals are fraudsters and should be avoided. No fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents,”.
Crossing the border from South Africa – Komatipoort Border Post(Lebombo) to Mozambique – Ressano Garcia:
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 questions go to the Customer Services Help Desk.
Proceed to immigration, with your passports, where they will be 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.
At 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. Proceed to the immigration building.
Do NOT to let the locals, help you, with the paperwork. Customs officials are not allowed to receive money, but helpers are, so they work together. This means that together they will go through your belongings, to find something, to make you pay for, whereas the customs officials on his own is less likely to go through your belongings.
They might ask for the following documents for customs to acquire your temporary import document for your vehicle (and trailer) so make sure you have copies:
Registration documents for the vehicle and trailer if you have one. If the vehicle belongs to the bank you need a cross border confirmation document from the bank, a letter from the insurance company acknowledging that they are aware that the vehicle is crossing in to Mozambique.
Few pointers for tourists coming to Mozambique.
- Make sure that you have all your vehicles original papers handy in a folder
- If your car is on HP you must not forget the letter from the company giving you authority to take the vehicles across the border. Please ask them to make it for the maximum period of 30 days even if you are going only for a few days. This will cover you in case of emergencies. Do the same when you fill in the forms at the border. Rather put the maximum period of 30 days for your visit / holiday.
- Make sure that your passports are in order. They will not allow you to enter if the passport is going to expire within 6 months of entry. The passport should also have at least 2 blank pages available for stamping. When you get your passport back from the border officials make sure that they have all been stamped.
- Make sure that you stamp your Passport on BOTH sides of the border, SA and Mozambique on your arrival and departure. Never ever carry all your money in your wallet when travelling. Hide the majority of your money in your luggage.
When stopped by the police
REMAIN CALM AND FRIENDLY
regardless how upset you are after a few stops by the police
Do not remove your seat belt when you are pulled over. Only if you are getting out of your car, but wait until the policeman saw you wearing it.
Remove your sunglasses when you are talking to the police. They like to see your eyes and it is a sign of respect.
Try and greet them in Portuguese (Bom dia or Boa tarde). You can then tell them that you do not speak any Portuguese.
Hand your papers over if they ask. Normally it is only your driver’s licence and Car Registration (Green Form) and the TIP (temporary import permit)
If you are being stopped for speed and you do not agree with the police regarding the speed that is shown to you refer them to your GPS if you have one that records your speed that you travel. If you were speeding take it like a man. Don’t blame the police officer for doing his job.
Insist on a written fine and go and pay it at the nearest police office. The only place where you can pay a fine outside of towns is where the police have a permanent stop with an office built on the side of the road. (satellite office)