Vehicle essentials when driving through Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique is a tropical wonderland filled with vibrant sights and sounds waiting to be explored. Before you embark on your next Mozambican expedition make sure that you contact the experts at Drive Africa to ensure that you have the best cross border rental solution that meets all the legal requirements.

Drive Africa wants you to explore! Drive Africa not only offers the most competitive rates for car rental within Mozambique, but also offers excellent value for money with their cross border rentals. Drive Africa’s Cross Border car rental option is available to non-South Africans and local residents and has been specifically designed for adventure-seekers wanting to explore the beauty of the African continent. Not only are you guaranteed to benefit from Drive Africa’s special deals on exclusive packages, but you will be able to travel with the peace of mind that you have been provided with all the essentials needed when travelling the roads of Mozambique.

Mozambique vehicle essentials

  • A valid passport with atleast twor to three blank pages in it is needed. Be sure to check with Mozambican authorities regarding the validity of your passport and to find out if you require a visa specific to your nationality.
  • A valid driver’s license or international driving permit which is recommended.
  • Two reflective vests that should be worn in the event of an accident or breakdown.
  • A second red emergency triangle – Drive Africa’s rental partner will supply you with the first emergency triangle.
  • Two blue and yellow triangle warning stickers are required and are used in the event of your vehicle being towed after an accident. A warning sticker must be displayed on the front bumper of the vehicle as well as the back.
  • Vehicle should have a ZA sticker attached to the back of the vehicle.
  • Third party insurance is essential and can be purchased at Mozambican side of the border for approximately ZAR 400 per vehicle.
  • Each passenger will need to go through standard immigration procedures at the border. Immigration fees are currently ZAR 17.50 per person.
  • The driver of the vehicle will need to complete a temporary import permit for the vehicle (approximately ZAR 15 payable in Mozambican Meticals – MZM) as well as a vehicle declaration form (approximately ZAR 50). This can be done at the Mozambican side of the border at their customs office where forms are free of charge.

The rental company will supply you with the following

  • A copy of the registration papers for the vehicle.
  • Cross border Letter – Letter of Authority to allow the border crossing.
  • One emergency triangle (two are required).

Stickers, Triangles and Safety Gear for Mozambique – Decoded

  • ZA stickers: It is compulsory for any South African vehicle, caravan or trailer to have a ZA sign displayed when it crosses any of the borders. The ZA sign must be placed on the rear of each vehicle, caravan and trailer in a visible position and may not be within 150mm of the rear number plate.
  • Blue and yellow warning triangles: When travelling in Mozambique with a vehicle in tow, you are required to display a set of blue and yellow warning triangles. One triangle must be placed on the front right bumper of the vehicle and the other on the rear of the vehicle towed.
  • Red and white T sticker: When travelling in Zimbabwe and towing any caravan or trailer, you will be required to display a set of T-signs. The white T-sign must be placed on the extreme right of the caravan or trailer whilst the red T-sign must be placed on the extreme right rear of the same caravan or trailer.
  • Set of red warning triangles: When travelling with any South African registered vehicle in Mozambique you will need to have a set of red warning triangles in your possession.

Regulations are as follows

  • Each side of your triangle must be 500mm long and 50mm wide, with a thickness of roughly 5mm.
  • The triangle must be uniformly covered in red reflective material.
  • The back of the triangle must either be uniformly white, or have a 5mm-wide white border.
  • The edge of the triangle must be yellow.
  • The reflective surfaces must be well-maintained.

The triangle must be visible from at least 100m in the presence of light.

  • Reflective jackets: It is now compulsory for motorists to carry the reflective jackets when travelling to Mozambique. Your reflective vest must be made from polyester and it must be closable at the front and adjustable on all sides. The vest must be equipped with polyvinyl reflective strips, no less than 400mm wide, in yellow or green on the front, to the sides, and on the back of the vest. The vest must be worn when at the scene of a car accident, when repairing your vehicle on the side of the road and when reloading cargo that has fallen from your vehicle on to the road.

Contact Drive Africa today and arrange your cross border car rental to Mozambique.

Drive Africa Tip:

  • Be vigilant for speed traps when travelling back to South Africa – there is a 5km stretch just before the border where the speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Make sure to carry copies of your passport and driver’s license with you at all times.