Safety in Mozambique

Expats travelling to Mozambique are advised to exercise caution. The country is known to experience waves of crime, and political tension, therefore expats should keep up to date with current affairs in the country, and remain vigilant. 

Crime in Mozambique

Petty theft is common in Mozambique, especially in the capital, Maputo. Expats should take precautions by keep their valuables locked up at home. In recent years, there has been a spike in kidnapping, therefore expats should avoid walking alone at night and be aware of their surroundings. 

Terrorism and conflict in Mozambique

Occasionally political tension flairs up in Mozambique, therefore it is best to stay informed and keep up to date with the news. Expats should avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, as they can turn violent. 

Road safety in Mozambique

When driving in Mozambique, expats should be wary of potholes on the road, as they are very common through Mozambique. Expats should avoid driving late at night, as there is an increase in the risk of crime and fatal crashes. Pedestrian accidents are common too. 

Health safety in Mozambique

Mozambique is a malaria zone. During summer (September to March) the threat of malaria is worse, therefore expats are advised to take the necessary precautions, whether it be tablets or repellents.

All tap water is assumed to be unsafe to drink, carrying the threat of bilharzia. Expats should therefore only drink boiled or bottled water. 

The recommended vaccinations when travelling to Mozambique include typhoid and hepatitis A. 

Emergency numbers in Mozambique

  • Police: 119

  • Ambulance: 117

  • Fire: 198

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