WHAT TO PACK
The climate is generally tropical and warm, so take lightweight clothing with a wind-breaker, jacket or jersey for the evenings. An umbrella could come in handy during thunderstorms and long-sleeved shirts and light trousers during the evenings. Take along a money belt, and your own toiletries, medication, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimwear, beach towel, small first aid kit, malaria prophylaxis and protective shoes to protect against razor clams, hot sand and sharp rocks. Don’t forget your fishing and diving gear and a hammock if you are in for some serious relaxing.
You will need a passport, valid for at least 3 months after your return from Mozambique. Drivers must carry a valid South African drivers’ license, the original registration papers of the vehicle, and trailer registration papers (if applicable). Compulsory Mozambican third party insurance must be purchased at the border. A letter of permission is needed if driving a vehicle registered in someone else’s name (eg. your bank), and it must be certified by a Commissioner of Oath. The law requires you to carry your passport at all times. Make at least one photocopy of your passport and all other important documents, and store them in a safe place, in case you lose the originals.
Visitors to Mozambique may import for personal use, free of duty and tax: 400 cigarettes, 1 litre of spirits, 3 bottles of wine and other goods (including groceries) to the value of US $ 200. Firearms are prohibited. If you take in expensive items, like a laptop computer and a camera, please declare it at the border post. Other goods might attract import duties, if it is thought that you wish to resell them in Mozambique.
Have all your documents stacked neatly in a folder ready for presentation. A calculator comes in handy when dealing with money matters and don’t forget your pen. Before you enter Mozambique, you must first obtain a temporary export permit for your vehicle (and trailer), have it stamped and then proceed to Mozambican immigration. After presenting your passport, go to the customs desk and exchange the temporary export permit, for a temporary import permit into Mozambique. Finally, purchase your third party insurance from the insurance desk. Fees will be payable for export and import permits, temporary third party insurance as well as for each individual who enters the country. Budget approximately R 200 per vehicle for payment of the above at the border post.