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

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

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

Do Not Travel To:

  • Certain districts in Cabo Delgado Province due to terrorism.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Pemba, the provincial capital of Cabo Delgado, due to threat of terrorism.

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

Terrorist groups in northern Mozambique continue to be active. Public areas may be attacked with little or no warning.

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 for additional information on travel to Mozambique.

If you decide to travel to Mozambique:

  • 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.
  • 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 Country Security Report for Mozambique.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

Certain districts in Cabo Delgado Province – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Terrorists continue to conduct and plot attacks on government forces, villages, and key supply routes in the districts of Ancuabe, Chuire, Ibo, Macomia, Meluco, Metuge, Mocimboa da Praia, Mueda, Muidumbe, Nangade, Palma, and Quissanga in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. 

Pemba, Capital of Cabo Delgado Province – Level 3:  Reconsider Travel  

Terrorist attacks in multiple districts in Cabo Delgado Province present the possibility that the provincial capital of Pemba is vulnerable to attack due to the proximity of violent extremist forces and their increasing sophistication.  

 Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas


Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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

U.S. Embassy in Mozambique
Consular Section
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda 193
Maputo, Mozambique
Tel: + (258) 21 49 2797
Fax: + (258) 21 49 0448

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747

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

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

Please visit and select the appropriate office.

For general questions about immigration procedures:

USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Last Updated: October 1, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Maputo
Avenida Marginal, 5467
+(258) 840958000
+(258) 855911911 or (+258) 840958000

Mozambique Map