Mozambique is known for its natural landscapes and culture. The bustling city of Maputo is a popular attraction where travellers can visit the Municipal Market, see Portuguese-colonial architecture, and visit the Mesquita da Baixa (the Downtown Mosque). Hiking through Bazaruto National Park is also a popular activity.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Mozambique may differ from your home country. Mozambique has a public healthcare system and a large private sector. Access to healthcare services varies by region. There are three major hospitals – in Maputo, Beira, and Nampula – that can treat serious medical issues. Smaller regional hospitals and medical centres are available throughout the country and provide basic care. The quality of healthcare services in Mozambique largely varies by region, but generally does not meet international standards. The quality of care in private facilities is typically better than public facilities and private physicians are more likely to speak English.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Mozambique require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa will likely be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Mozambique.
While pharmacies may be widely available in Mozambique, quality of medicines cannot be guaranteed. Medicines are often improperly stored, in low supply, or counterfeit. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Mozambique’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in Mozambique’s cities and main thoroughfares are usually paved but may be in poor condition. Poorly lit roads and wandering livestock may also make driving dangerous. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers.