Mozambique Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 4
malaria 3
Typhoid & Polio 5
cholera 2
yellow fever 1


Medical care cannot be compared with Europe and is often problematic in terms of technology, equipment or hygiene. Frequently there is also a lack of European-trained doctors who speak English or French. Sufficient health insurance coverage valid there and reliable travel insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check ebizdir for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers (including passengers who have transited the endemic areas) who want to travel from an endemic area and are over one year old. The vaccination must not be older than 10 years. The areas designated by the WHO are considered yellow fever endemic areas. Exceptions are travelers who do not leave the airport in Mozambique. In individual cases, vaccination against yellow fever is also required for travelers who are not traveling from a yellow fever endemic area. [2] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but the risk of infection exists in various regions. The local population is particularly affected by cholera diseases. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. [3] Year-round protection against malaria required in all parts of the country. The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum (malaria tropica) is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine and sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine. If left untreated, it is usually fatal in non-immunized Europeans. [4] Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for various infectious diseases that are transmitted through contaminated food or drinks (e.g. hepatitis A, typhoid fever, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases). Water should generally be drunk before use, Brushing teeth and making ice cubes can either be boiled or otherwise sterilized or bought pre-packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. It is best to avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. [5] Poliomyelitis occurs. Vaccination protection against poliomyelitis should exist during the stay.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in ponds and rivers nationwide, so swimming and wading in inland waterways should be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. The mosquito-borne tropical diseases dengue and chikungunya fever occur nationwide, but especially on the coast. There is also a risk of filariasis, which is also transmitted by mosquitoes. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis can also occur. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds. Plague occurs in the provinces of Tete and Zambezia. Protection against rats and fleas through safe sleeping places and more frequent linen changes as well as keeping away those who are already sick reduce the risk of infection. If you work in areas affected by the plague, it is advisable to take antibiotics prophylactically. The sleeping sickness occurs in the province of Tete. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Rabies occurs nationwide. Carriers include dogs, Cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.



1 Mozambique metical = 100 centavos. Currency abbreviation: MTn, MZN (ISO code, new Metical). Banknotes come in denominations of 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 MTn, coins in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 MTn and in 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.

Credit cards

Credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and supermarkets in larger cities. US dollars are also accepted in Mozambique and South African rands in southern Mozambique. It should be noted that cashless payment does not always work properly, so you should carry enough cash with you.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol in all major cities. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed in Mozambique in Beira at Barclays Bank.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 07.45-11.00 and 15.00-16.30.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of local currency is limited to a maximum of 10,000 MZN. The import and export of foreign currency is limited to the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange cash in exchange offices at the airport or in banks. It is advisable to take US dollars or South African rands with you. Euros are only accepted as payment in Maputo.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
USD U.S$ 1 EUR = US$14.71
1 CHF = US$17.55
1 USD = US$14.14
ZAR R 1 EUR = R14.71
1 CHF =
R17.55 1 USD = R14.14
GBP £ 1 EUR = £14.71
1 CHF = £17.55
1 USD = £14.14
EUR 1 EUR = 14.71 €
1 CHF = 17.55 €
1 USD = 14.14 €
MZN MT 1 EUR = 14.71 MT
1 CHF = 17.55 MT
1 USD = 14.14 MT

Mozambique Money