Area: 799,380 sq km
Climate: tropical to subtropical
Population: 22,948,858 (July 2011 est.)
Languages: Emakhuwa 26.1%, Xichangana 11.3%, Portuguese 8.8% (official, spoken by 27% of population as a second
Government type: republic
Independence Day: 25 June1975 (from Portugal)
Currency: Meticais (MZM)
GDP: $22.19 billion (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,000 (2010 est.)
Information for Foreign Students in Mozambique
Obtaining a Visa
We recommend travellers to check visa requirements contacting the Paraguayan Embassy in their home country or going on its website. A visa is compulsory for foreigners from Europe, America and Oceania.
Link for hostels:
Visitors require a yellow fever certificate if traveling from infected areas. Malaria is a risk throughout the year in the whole country. Cholera and other water-borne diseases are prevalent during the rainy season. Diseases caused by unsanitary conditions are common throughout the country, and untreated water should be considered unsafe to drink. It is highly recommended to have a health insurance that comprises evacuation in case of emergency.
Credit cards are increasingly accepted in Maputo, but not generally beyond the capital. Travellers cheques: not commonly accepted, and where accepted are slow to process and often attract high rates of commission.
Don't be surprised when you get on a car: traffic drives on the left.
Bus services in Maputo have been improved with the introduction of new vehicles, and there are now fairly extensive services. Taxis are metered and drivers expect a tip.
Car hire: Cars can be hired from international and local agencies in Maputo and Beira. Only hard currency is accepted.