I've tried calling the Mozambique embassy in London but can't get through. Does anyone know or has anyone done the border crossing overland from South Africa into Mozambique? If so, can you just purchase a visa from the border and how much does this cost? Also to go back into South Africa from Mozambique, does it cost money/is a visa required? (I am a British citizen)
I found this on a site for you, it might make things a little clearer:
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A visa is required for entry into Mozambique. It is recommended that travelers acquire the appropriate visa prior to departing for Mozambique, although a one-entry visa can be obtained at country points of entry, including airports. Foreigners in Mozambique without a valid visa can expect to pay a substantial fine (1000 meticais) for each day they are in Mozambique illegally. The fine can be assessed upon travelers’ departure or if travelers are caught by authorities while still in Mozambique. Please pay close attention to the period you are authorized to stay in Mozambique on your visa (Autorizado a permaneçer pelo período de [number of days]. This number is the number of days you may stay before you must depart Mozambique. The passports of all travelers who wish to enter Mozambique must be valid for six months upon arrival and must contain at least three clean (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. The Mozambican Embassy and Consulates in South Africa charge up to five times the amount charged in the U.S. or at border crossing points for a tourist visa to Mozambique. Visit the Embassy of Mozambique web site at www.embamoc-usa.org for the most current visa information.
Yes, you do need a visa.
Save your money and get your visa at the border. It's going to be a bit of a madhouse and you may have to tip someone to "help" you get your visa don (just don't let your passport out of your sight), but it's cheap and relatively quick. We sent our passports away to Washington to get a visa, and with shipping and all related costs, I blew almost $150. Everyone else on the tour toughed out the madhouse at the border crossing and saved a ton.
[ Edit: Edited on 01-May-2009, at 06:17 by tway ]
The SA Mozambique crossing really is a madhouse, just keep your wits about you and try not to cross on a public holiday or at the weekend when it is much worse. You'll be fine though!
Returning to SA is much easier and visa is issued at the border, dont think it costs anything, if it does I am sure it is minimal. Remember having to pay a few dollars for the car, that is all.
Have a great trip!
Hit the border when it opens at 6am and there is no queue, especially during the week. It will cost you ZAR190.00 at the border and I have never had to pay a bribe to get through. I have also never had to wait longer than a hour - being polite and smiling alot goes a long way Maybe it's a girl thing?!?! Be prepared for the madness and crowds though.....
Can also get your visa in Cape Town cheaper than in the UK but more expensive than the border.
You will need to have with you the address of one of the places you will stay at as you will have to put that on your entry form. Make sure you add a extra couple of days to your actual visa length requirements to allow for any delays.
There is more than 1 border post into Mozambique so if you have your own transport you can always enter from the north east of Kruger NP where hardly anyone goes.
Getting back in South Africa is very straight forward and quick and although you will get a stamp in your passport, there is no visa fee.
I did Malawi to Mozambique awhile back. It's not a long trip. We landed in Lusaka and did a few trips before we decided to give it a go. Lovely mountains of the other side of Lake Malawi too.
A visa at the border is possible and the border guards are extremely friendly and helpful.