Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19
Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Exercise increased caution in Mozambique due to crime and health issues. Some areas have greater risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
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.
Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province – Level 4: 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.
Pemba, capital of Cabo Delgado Province – Level 3: 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.
Some sections of the EN1 between Chibabava and Gorongosa and EN6 between Chimoio and Tica – Level 3: 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.
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.
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’scountry pagefor more information on travelling to Mozambique and the U.S. Embassy Maputo’s website for information on consular services.
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.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 293-7146
Fax: (202) 835-0245
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