Currency and public holidays
The Mozambican unit of currency is the Metical (MT), always used in the plural form of Meticais (pronounced: Meti-ca-ish).
Notes are available in denominations of 10 MT, 50 MT, 100 MT and 200 MT. In Southern Mozambique, including the province of Inhambane, one can pay for large items in US Dollars or South African Rands, but it is better to purchase fuel and small items in Meticais. You can exchange money at the bank or filling stations nearby the border post.
Please present your passport when exchanging money at a bank. Banks in the main towns will also exchange Rands or Dollars and travellers’ cheques. You will be required to show the original purchase receipt (not a copy), if you wish to change a travellers’ cheque. Use of credit cards is extremely limited, although they can be used at ATM’s that support them, for example VISA and/or MasterCard. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 07:45 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 15:00.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN MOZAMBIQUE
|1 January||New Year’s Day|
|3 February||Heroes’ Day|
|7 April||Women’s Day|
|1 May||Workers’ Day|
|25 June||Independence Day|
|12 August||Inhambane Day|
|7 September||Victory Day|
|25 September||Armed Forces’ Day|
|25 December||Family/Christmas Day|