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. 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.


Date Holiday
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