How to Get Your Mozambique Visa in Cape Town

By on Published: May 6, 2019 | Last Updated: April 28, 2020 in Africa, MOZAMBIQUE with 16 Comments

How to Get Your Mozambique Visa in Cape Town

So you need a visa to visit Mozambique, but you’ve already left your country and while you’ve heard you can get them on the border, you’re either a) travelling with an overland tour that requires you to get it in advance or b) not happy about risking it until the last minute!

Sound familiar?

I’m hearing ya peeps!

Yes I was in this exact position just a few months again and had to go through the process of trying to get my Mozambique visa in Cape Town.

Not easy, but I managed it and here’s the full lowdown on exactly how…


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The following advice refers to my personal experience as a British citizen. I cannot take any responsibility for individual circumstances or changes in visa regulations.


So the first thing you should know, is that I’m a British citizen and the following process to get my Mozambique visa in Cape Town took place in February 2019.

I’ve decided to write a blog post about it all to help fellow travellers out, but please, please check your individual circumstances linked to the type of passport you hold and the time of travel, as I can’t speak for, or advise you on, your personal situation.

It’s also worth pointing out that this information was correct at the time of going to press, but please, please check online for any changes in Mozambique immigration policy.

And with that out the way… here goes!

Mozambique, Bazaruto, Me

Me Loving Mozambique!

 

Check If You Need a Tourist Visa

Unless you’re from a handful of countries worldwide (like South Africa), the chances are you will need a tourist visa to visit Mozambique, but do confirm this.

You’ll also want to confirm if you’re eligible for a visa on arrival (as many European passport holders are). Rest assured these are available for both land and air arrivals.

However, queues can be long, corruption can be high and if you don’t want to risk being refused, then it’s good to know you can obtain a visa in advance from a Mozambique embassy / consulate.

Also worth knowing, that if you are travelling as part of an overland tour, getting your Mozambique visa in advance maybe a requirement.

Generally, Mozambique like you to obtain your tourist visa in your county of residence, but for some of us who are already on the move, this just isn’t possible, and so I found myself googling how I could get a visa in Cape Town… and not finding all that much!

Which is why I’ve written this post….

 

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Mozambique Consulate Location in Cape Town

So the good news is that you can get your Mozambique visa in Cape Town and it takes a minimum of 3 working days!

Applications must be lodged at the consulate between 8am and 12pm and collected 3 days later from the same place between 2pm and 4pm.

The consulate is located on the third floor of a huge building at 1 Thibault Square, which is at the end of Long Street in Cape Town’s CBD.

I suggest getting there early so you have time to navigate any queues or extras you may need to provide.

To get to the consulate you have to sign in at the main reception (giving your name, phone number and having your photo taken) before receiving a temporary pass-card.

Head through the barriers by swiping your pass-card and go round to the lifts.

You’ll need to access the third floor, which is only available at a certain number of lifts, so don’t stand at the wrong ones like lemon as I did for a while!

Instead press the button for level 3, see the letter you’re shown and then go and stand at the corresponding lettered lift.

Simple when you know how!

Ha!

Turn right out of the lifts on the 3rd floor and the Consulate is in front of you.

 

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Required Documents for Mozambique Visa

Despite what you may read elsewhere, I needed the following documents to obtain my Mozambique visa in Cape Town…

Also do make sure you have them all, because one mistake and the beauty of bureaucracy kicks in and you’ll be sent away to come back with EXACTLY the right documents the following day!

  • 2x Recent Passport Photos
  • 1x Photocopy of your Passport Page
  • 1x Photocopy of your South Africa Visa or Entry Stamp
  • Proof of a Return Bus or Airline Ticket
  • Proof of Confirmed Hotel Reservation in Mozambique
  • South African Mobile Number
  • 1000 Rand Cash

As I was travelling with an overland company during my time in Mozambique and didn’t have either a hotel reservation or a return bus / airline ticket – I had to email the tour company for the relevant documents, which they duly provided me with.

Proof of my place on the tour and the tour itinerary, as well as details of a hotel place we would be staying in, seemed to suffice… eventually!

The one mistake I did make when I finally got this all together however, was folding the paperwork in half so that it fitted in my bag.

This was cause for a denial of accepting the documents, so do not, I repeat DO NOT, fold any prints-out, papers or photocopies!

You’ll also need 1000 Rand in cash to pay for the visa.

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Visa Payment

Mozambique, Consulate, Visa Receipt

The visa payment needs to be made at the FNB Bank on Adderley Street – about a 10 minute walk from the Mozambique Consulate.

You make the payment after you’ve handed in the visa required documents and the embassy worker has given you details of the relevant account to deposit the money into.

Once you have this, walk to the bank (it’s big building so you can’t miss it) go to the tellers and hand over the instructions and 1000 Rand in cash.

They’ll likely know what you need and will grant you a receipt without you having to ask, but do request one if they don’t.

After you’ve paid for your visa, head back to the Mozambique Consulate (go through the same sign-in process at the ground floor reception desk) submit the payment receipt and get another receipt from them showing proof of visa submission – KEEP THIS!

This is when you’ll have to let them know your South African mobile phone number – so have it to hand!

 

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Visa Collection at Mozambique Consulate in Cape Town

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The Consulate employee will then tell you when to come back and collect your passport with the visa sticker in it.

If you’re lucky, they may throw in the kind disclaimer that you won’t be entitled to a refund if you’re visa is denied – cheers!

My collection time was 3 days after submission (and luckily the day before I was leaving Cape Town!)

Arrive at the Consulate at 2pm on the given day to collect your visa, with your receipt document, and be prepared to wait.

It’s just how it is!

 

 

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So there you have it, my full guide on how I got my Mozambique visa in Cape Town.

Have you been through this process too?

What was your experience like?

Please share the traveller wisdom in the comments box below…

 

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  1. Tim Bashall says:

    Thank you so much for the info – it really helped!
    I had the good fortune of no queue so was quick and easy.
    Because I am driving to Moz, one additional document that I needed was a short letter to the Moz Embassy outlining details of my trip – car registration number, borders and dates of traveling into and out of Moz and addresses of where I am to stay in Maputo and Tofo.

    • Steph says:

      Hi Tim, thanks so much for taking the time to comment and adding in such useful info – a great help for future Mozm travellers. Enjoy your trip there 🙂

      • I highly appreciate your Info. I need to know that you just go to embassy without calling or emailing them ? Or if you get the address you just go straight. Can you help me with the address of Mozambique consulate

        • Steph says:

          Hi Samuel, the address for the consulate is in the article with a Google Maps image. You don’t call them or email, you just go with all the correct documentation, photos, details, info, cash and a pen… at the times I’ve given.

  2. Kimberley says:

    Thanks so much for this post! I actually followed it step by step today, super helpful. One update for folks to be aware off – the location will change on 30 Dec. when I arrived today, the doors were locked and the place was empty, eventually a guy appeared and told me they were in the middle of moving offices. Luckily I was still able to submit my application here in long street. Come 2020 they will move to 25 strand street.

    • Steph says:

      Hi Kimberley, wonderful that you used the post and found it helpful, This makes me really happy 🙂 And thank you so much for taking the time to give us all some updated info on the location. This will be such a help to other travellers. Enjoy your travels in Mozam! 🙂

  3. John says:

    Hi Steph, We got our Mozambique visas in Cape Town in January. The article was spot on and really helpful – thanks so much. The consulate has actually moved to 47 Strand Street, 3rd floor, 1st door on your left (there’s no sign there yet). You can also pay for your visa through any FNB ATM, just select the deposit option and you’ll get a printed receipt too (there was a big queue at the branch when we were there). Finally, we actually wanted transit visas (for taking the bus from Harare to Blantyre), that confused the otherwise helpful embassy staff a lot and they don’t issue them, so we needed to create some dummy bookings in Mozambique to get approval for a standard tourist visa in the end.

    • Steph says:

      Hi John, thanks for your feedback on the article and glad it was helpful. Yes another reader recently wrote in the comments here to advise of the new location, but thanks for bringing it to peoples’ attention again. Good to know the new info on payment as well and great news you got around the transit visa issue – quick thinking! Did you just use Booking.com for the dummy reservations? Once again, many thanks for adding in this helpful information about the process. Wishing you happy and safe travels, Steph 🙂

  4. Jon says:

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for all this info, I am about to try to get my visa but am leaving Cape Town on Friday, is there an express service? Also, has anybody now travelled to Mozambique overland yet? Is it true that you cannot buy a visa on arrival? I am reading contradictory accounts online…

    Thanks!

    • Steph says:

      Hi Jon, I can’t give definite answers, but in my experience there was no express service, but visas were available at the border for British and EU nationals at least – Feb 2019. Not sure what passport you hold? Good luck, Steph 🙂

  5. Sophie says:

    Thank you for your incredibly helpful blog! Dealing with the Mozambican consulate is a real headache. I hold a German passport and was charged R3000 for my visa and was told it would take a minimum of 10 working days. Not sure why the discrepancy between what you paid and what I needed to hand over 😬

    • Steph says:

      Hi Sophie, I’m not sure either, but presumably (if you applied in Cape Town too?) it’s something to do with agreements between the German and Mozambique governments?

  6. Jon Barnes says:

    Hi guys,

    I can share my experience of actually crossing the border in February 2020, which was pretty straightforward in the main. I am a UK passport holder and have been told that all European countries (maybe not Portugal?) have the same entry requirements. I did not have time to get a visa from the consulate in Joburg, so decided to risk getting it on the border, which I had been informed was possible. I crossed at Lobamba/Ressano Garcia and was able to buy a visa on the border for USD50. The whole process took about 30 minutes. The issue I had was that I was travelling on a Greyhound bus (which was very quick and comfortable, by the way). Greyhound have a policy that if you don’t have the necessary visa, you cannot board the bus. We were not allowed to board the bus, but begged a bit and in the end the driver agreed that we could come to the border and that he would leave us there because the process would take too long and it would slow the service and be unfair on other passengers, and him. So it was all a little stressful. We arrive at the border, join the visa queue and wait. At this point everyone else is through and we are holding up the bus and the driver wants to leave, which would have been fair. A very kind Mozambican lady pretty much argued with him that he should wait, and in general most of the other customers seemed happy to wait for us. I think we probably delayed the bus by about 30 minutes and there were of course plenty of other delays throughout the day. So it was regrettable that our actions caused the delay, but not such a long one.

    In short – visa on arrival was quick, easy and only USD50. If you are driving your own car or have a sympathetic driver, no problem. If you are travelling on a bus that has stated from the outset that you need to have a visa before hand then it is possible, but a bit shitty to other passengers and the driver and a bit stressful.

    • Steph says:

      Hi Jon, thanks so much for this helpful information, which will definitely assist other travellers.
      Really appreicate you taking the time to leave the feedback and wish you happy travels in Mozam!
      Best, Steph 🙂

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