Expat guide to Mozambique, relocating & living in the country



Expats travelling to Mozambique will find two worlds intertwined: African heritage laced with Portuguese influence. Though only gaining only a few decades of independence, then ravaged by wars and conflict, the air in Mozambique is unexpectedly optimistic. This perhaps is the reason this former colony is an up-and-coming travel destination. Mozambicans did not let their turbulent past hinder their steps into the 21st century, gaining momentum bit by bit. Here’s some important information we’ve put together for you, if you’re travelling to this progressive country.

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Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Mozambique and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

The American International School of Mozambique

An IB World School, AISM offers the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) in the Early Learning Centre through Grade 5, the Middle Years Program (MYP) in Grades 6-10 and the Diploma Program (DP) in Grades 11 and 12. The IB curriculum encourages young people to go beyond rote learning for examinations, and to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address:  Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo – Mozambique

Tel: +258 2149 1994, +258 2149 3306, +258 2149 3359

Fax: +258 2149 0596

Email: [email protected]


Maputo International School MIS

The Maputo International School, founded in 1975, caters for the children of both expatriate and Mozambican families.

Curriculum: IGCSE

Address: 389 Rua da Nachingwea Maputo – Mozambique, C.P. 4152 Maputo, Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 492131, +258 21 492195

Fax: +258 21 492382

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.mis.ac.mz


Aga Khan Academy

The Aga Khan Academy, Maputo, is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and will be for the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. The Academy features state-of-the-art facilities, a multicultural student body, and an experienced team of educators and staff.

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address: 1187 Julius Nyerere, Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE

Tel: +258 823062041

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.agakhanacademies.org

Local News in English

AllAfrica – Mozambique

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. They publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons.

Website: allafrica.com/mozambique

Country Information 

Location: Africa

Capital City: Maputo

Currency: Mozambican metical

Language: Portuguese

Calling Code: +258

Internet TLD: .mz

Electricity: Mozambique runs on 220/240V 50Hz. The sole producer, distributor and provider of electricity in the country is Electricidade de Moçambique.

Website: www.edm.co.mz

Emergency Numbers:

Ambulance: 117

Fire: 198

Police: 119


Country Information


Embassy Information

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Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Nationals from these countries may enter and stay in Mozambique visa free for 3 months: Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Others will have to obtain a visa through a Mozambique embassy or consulate in their host country. It is also possible to obtain a visa upon arrival, provided a return ticket, proof of accommodation or invitation letter is available. There are different visas available for expats: business visa, visit visa, tourism visa, residence visa, student visa, transit visa and diplomatic or official visas.

Documents required:
  • Submit an original passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Mozambique and with at least 1 blank page for a visa. Amendment pages are excluded
  • Citizens other than from the United States of America and Canada, but living in these countries, must submit a copy of their permanent residence status
  • Fill the visa application form properly. It is very important that you provide all the information required, including the name and address of your place of stay in Mozambique. Please be advised that lack of information may result in delay or even denial of your application. Print the visa application form.
  • Submit 2 passport size photographs
  • Include a self-addressed envelope or a pre-paid air bill with a tracking number (preferably FedEx), unless the application is brought to the Embassy in person.
  • Payments must be in US dollars ONLY, in money order ONLY and payable to the Embassy of Mozambique. After a payment, you are entitled to a receipt or a pick-up slip.
  • If recently you had been in a Yellow Fever endemic country, please have ready your Yellow Fever Certificate.

-          from the Embassy of Mozambique in Washington DC site>>

For extended stays like business, employment or studies, additional documents are required:

Business visa: Letter from inviting company in Mozambique, or from the expat’s foreign company, stating the purpose of their trip.

Residence visa: copy of Mozambique work contract, police clearance from the expat’s home or host country.

Student visa: Letter from the school.

For more information please visit: www.embamoc-usa.org


Expats are concentrated in the metropolitan capital Maputo. Cost of living in this area is low, depending on lifestyle, however, foreigners seeking expat-standard accommodations, will find that these will be expensive. 1 bedroom apartments cost between $700 to $1,200 per month. Yet expat communities thrive in the city; there will be a lot of Portuguese immigrants, given their shared history with Mozambique. Maputo is both colonial and urban, both past and present are evident in the architecture. With the density of population and poor road conditions, traffic is a challenge. Most people get around by walking or taking small mini-buses called Chapas.

Driving License

Expats may use an international driving license to drive legally in Mozambique, however for extended stays beyond 90 days, they are required to obtain a Mozambican driving license.

(I couldn’t find other info about exchanging or driving schools in Mozambique, I do know that they have a National Land Transport Institute, but even this does not have a website)


Healthcare standards and facilities in Mozambique are limited and basic. Serious and critical cases are usually dealt with through medical evacuation to South Africa. There are public and private healthcare available in Maputo. Cash payment is to be expected, and sometimes can be required before treatment. Medicine supply is scarce, so stocking up on personal prescription medication is advised. Expats are highly advised to get a comprehensive health insurance that ran reimburse cost of medical treatments including medical evacuation.

Insurance Company

Cigna Global Health Options

Cigna Global Health Options specialise in providing expatriate health plans that are designed to give comprehensive overseas medical cover for people who are living and working abroad. They provide medical evacuation insurance cover.

Website: www.cignaglobal.com




Maptuo Private Hospital

The hospital is the first private and fully equipped facility in the country. They offer advanced levels of surgery, obstetric, pediatric, maternity, gynecological and orthopedic services.

Address: Rua do Rio Inhamiara, Maputo, Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 48 39 05

Fax: +258 21 49 36 83


Clinicare – Clinica Privdada de Maputo

The Private Clinic of Maputo was created in 2008, year in which started the construction of its facilities. It is a joint undertaking by both Portuguese and Mozambican investors, which became the first private clinic in Maputo, having its architecture adjusted to the true needs of a medical clinic.

Address: Rua Duarte Galvao 50, Maputo, 1676, Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 49 24 20

Website: www.clinicare.co.mz/en


Hopital Central Maputo

Address: Avenue Agosthinho Neto, Maputo, Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 42 46 33

Fax: +258 21 30 85 40