Travel documents and visa
All travellers to South Africa and Mozambique need a passport and a return ticket to the country. The passport needs to be valid at least another six months from the date of arrival, and it should contain at least 4 blank pages.
Visitors to Mozambique, unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries, can obtain a visa on arrival at the border post. The visa costs US$50 and is valid for 30 days. You are advised to have US$ cash in the right amount to pay at the border.
Visas for South Africa are not required for nationals from UK, USA, Canada, Australia and most EU countries for a stay of up to 90 days, except:
- Nationals of Cyprus, Hungary and Poland, who may stay visa-free for up to 30 days.
- Nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, who do require a visa.
The latter are advised to contact the embassy for visa requirements.
Make sure you have travel and health insurance with sufficient coverage abroad.
We advise you to get the most up to date information about vaccinations at:
- Your country’s vaccination call centre
- KLM Travel Clinic, Schiphol: 0900 1091096 or www.travelclinic.nl (Dutch travellers)
- Centre for Tropical Disease in your own country
- You can also look on the internet for vaccination programs
Kruger national park and all of Mozambique are malaria risk areas, so proper prevention measures should be taken. Malaria prophylaxis medication is advised. You can order it with your health practitioner. Many travellers prefer Malarone to Lariam or the combination of Nivaquine and Paludrine, because Malarone doesn’t have many side-effects.
In addition to medication, the risk of malaria can be reduced by preventing mosquito bites. Mosquitoes most often bite between dusk and dawn. You are advised to stay indoors during this period, or cover exposed skin with light clothing or insect repellents, eg Deet 50. Remember to spray your ankles.