The tropical storm “Dineo” has formed in the southern Indian Ocean and can develop into a strong cyclone. It is expected to hit the coast of southern Mozambique in the area around Inhambane in the area around Inhambane on the night of February 15-16 Heavy rain, flooding and storm damage must be expected, especially on the coast. Travelers are advised to keep abreast of the media, go to safe places, avoid moving around in the open air and strictly follow instructions from local authorities.
The government and the opposition have agreed on a ceasefire until March 4, 2017. The military convoys to escort civilian vehicles on the EN7 between Vanduzi and Catandica (province of Manica) and on two sections of the EN1 between Save and Caia (province of Sofala) have been discontinued.
Travelers in the provinces of Manica, Sofala, Tete, Zambezia, Niassa and Nampula, where there has been isolated armed clashes between the armed arm of the opposition RENAMO party and the country’s security forces, are advised to read the news, especially the local media, and the situation to be followed closely on site. Overland trips should continue to be carried out with increased caution.
Country-specific safety instructions
As a country located in Africa according to usaers, Mozambique has an increased level of violent crime, especially within the cities. In the event of a robbery, it is recommended to hand over valuables without resistance. In the car, the windows should always be closed and the doors locked from the inside. Handbags, cell phones and other valuables should not be visible in the car.
In Maputo in particular, there are also kidnappings that also affect foreigners. However, it is almost always entrepreneurs who work on site. Vigilance and prudent behavior are advised.
It happens again and again that Mozambican police detain tourists for alleged traffic offenses and ask them to pay “fines”. In principle, only the traffic police (dark blue trousers, white shirt, blue or white cap) are authorized to impose fines for traffic offenses, the protection police (gray uniforms) are allowed to stop road users for general identity checks. In such cases it is recommended to remain calm and to insist on the recording of a proper protocol. Fines should only be paid at the police station against an official receipt. It is recommended to check with the Familiarize yourself with Mozambican traffic regulations.
There are also known cases in which foreign nationals were threatened by the security police during identity checks and pressed into paying bribes. Here, too, it is recommended to remain calm and to show the identity papers for inspection without discussion. In principle, no payments should be made to the police without an official receipt (“recibo”) being issued. If possible, the name of the police should be noted and the incident should then be reported directly to the nearest police station and the German embassy.
Traveling over land / road transport Traveling over land recover due to the z. Sometimes extremely poor road conditions and the behavior of other road users pose a high risk of accidents and therefore require a very high level of attention. Overland driving in the dark is particularly dangerous and should be avoided.
During the rainy season (especially but not exclusively in the months of January to March) Mozambique is repeatedly hit by tropical storms up to cyclone strength. Heavy rains in neighboring countries cause high river levels and U. floods. This can result in personal injury and property damage, as well as interrupting traffic connections. The embassy therefore recommends finding out about the weather and road conditions on a regular basis, especially when traveling overland.
Air travel With effect from April 21, 2011, the European Commission announced an operating ban against all airlines registered in Mozambique, see external link, opens in new windowhttp: //ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_de.htm. The state-owned airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique LAM is also affected
Piracy on the high seas There is still a risk of pirate attacks and capture off the coasts of Somalia and its neighboring countries as well as in the adjacent waters. Ships deep in the Indian Ocean (around the Seychelles and Madagascar) as well as off Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Yemen and Oman are still at risk. If no successful captures have taken place off the coast of Mozambique for a long time, the danger remains latent. Skippers in the aforementioned areas are advised to exercise caution and to register at the Maritime Security Center at External link, opens in new window www.mschoa.org.