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Mozambique

Mozambique
Republic of Mozambique
Reconsider travel to Mozambique due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Mozambique due to health issues, crime, and terrorism. Some areas have greater risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory

Reconsider travel to Mozambique due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Mozambique due to health issues, crime, and terrorism. Some areas have greater risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mozambique due to COVID-19.  

Mozambique has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Mozambique.  

Do Not Travel To:

  • Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province due to terrorism.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Pemba, the provincial capital of Cabo Delgado, due to threat of terrorism.
  • Some sections of the EN1 and EN6 in Sofala and Manica provinces due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as mugging, is common.

Mozambique’s health infrastructure is limited: there are only three doctors per 100,000 people, frontline health providers are often poorly trained, and medicine shortages are common.  More than 1.2 million people in Mozambique have HIV/AIDS, representing a sizable population with compromised immune systems.  In the event of a public health emergency, access to an ICU and ventilator support is highly unlikely.   

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Mozambique:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   `
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Consider hiring a professional security organization if traveling to the affected areas of Cabo Delgado and Sofala / Manica.
  • Be aware of increased government security checkpoints in Cabo Delgado Province.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Mozambique.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province – Do Not Travel

There have been frequent attacks by armed extremists, threats of violence, and other forms of assault in the districts of Ancuabe, Ibo, Macomia, Meluco, Metuge, Mocimboa da Praia, Mueda, Muidumbe, Nangade, Palma, and Quissanga in the northern Cabo Delgado Province that borders Tanzania. These groups have used machetes and firearms to conduct lethal attacks and have burned vehicles and homes. While the attacks have been localized, it is possible that such violence could spill over into other districts.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Pemba, capital of Cabo Delgado Province – Reconsider Travel

Brazen terrorist attacks in multiple districts of Cabo Delgado Province present the possibility that the provincial capital of Pemba could also be vulnerable to attack due to the proximity of violent extremist forces, their increasing sophistication, and the symbolic value of the provincial capital as a target.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Some sections of the EN1 between Chibabava and Gorongosa and EN6 between Chimoio and Tica – Reconsider Travel

There have been violent attacks against vehicles, especially trucks and buses, along sections of these highways resulting in serious injuries and deaths. Attacks have occurred on the EN1 between Chibabava and Gorongosa, and along the EN6 between Chimoio in Manica Province and Tica in Sofala Province.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions are not currently possible between Mozambique and the United States.

Hague Convention Information

While domestic adoption by U.S. citizens living in Mozambique is possible, intercountry adoption (taking the child to reside in a foreign country while still a minor) is not possible. Under Mozambique’s laws, the adopted child must reside with the parents in Mozambique until reaching 18 years of age.

Mozambique is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention).

U.S. citizens living in Mozambique interested in adopting children from Mozambique should contact the adoption authority of Mozambique to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Mozambique who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Mozambique’s adoption authority. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending the child return home when possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

Please visit the Department of State’s country page for more information on travelling to Mozambique and the U.S. Embassy Maputo’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

Mozambique’s Adoption Authority
Adoption information may be requested from this office by postal mail, international courier, or phone using the following contact information:

Direcção Nacional de Acção Social
Departamento da Crianca (Social Services National Directorate, Children’s Department)
Av. Ahmed Sékou Touré 908, Maputo
Tel: +258 21 350300/301 064
Ms. Francisca Sales is the Director of the Social Services National Directorate at the federal level.
Internet: Ministério do Género, Criança e Acção Social

Embassy of Mozambique
Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique
1525 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Suite 570
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 293-7146
Fax: (202) 835-0245
Email: embamoc@aol.com
Internet: usa.embamoc.gov.mz

Mozambique also has a consulate in New York City.

U.S. Embassy in Mozambique
Consular Section
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda 193
Maputo, Mozambique
Tel: + (258) 21 49 2797
Fax: + (258) 21 49 0448
Email: ConsularMaputo@state.gov
Internet: mz.usembassy.gov

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

For questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition with the

USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax:1- 913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition with a USCIS international field office:

Please visit uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-offices and select the appropriate office.

For general questions about immigration procedures:

USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

Last Updated: October 1, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Maputo
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, 193
Maputo, Mozambique
Telephone
+(258) 21-49-2797
Emergency
+(258) 21-49-0723
Fax
+(258) 21-49-0448

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