Barra Accommodation

Travel Tips and Information.

Entry & Customs

A passport with a visa (South African citizens do NOT need a visa) – For non-South African citizens:
You can purchase a visa with the Mozambique High Commission.

Original vehicle registration papers if driving yourself OR a Certified letter from your bank with a copy of your vehicle registration papers if the vehicel is owned by the bank. If the vehicle does not belong to you - then a Certified letter is needed from the owner stating that you are using the vehicle and you will still need the registration papers (Natis Docs)

Driver’s license (Southern African citizens do not need an International license)

Emergency triangles – place these in a visible point on your vehicle (i.e. your dashboard or tied to the front of your vehicle). You do no need the blue triangles… only the standard red ones.

The border post at Komatipoort (Ressano Garcia) is open daily from 06h00 – 24h00 and during deceember 24 hours - contact us for dates that it will be open for 24 hours over December.

South African side (Komatiepoort):

First fill in your vehicle / goods export form, get a gate pass and then get your passport stamped

Mozambique side (Ressano Garcia):

Get your passport stamped - You have to pay R17.00 / person; Take out the compulsory 3rd party insurance (R 150.00 / vehicle); buy the compulsory temporary import permit for all vehicles - including boat trailers (payable in meticais) (Rates are subject to change)

Health Care & Malaria:

Malaria: Malaria is a very real threat in Mozambique. Please follow these basic guidelines:
Prophylaxis – Please consult your GP for advise.
Repellants – citronella, Peaceful Sleep, mosquito coils etc. Homeopaths also recommend taking a Vitamin B complex & garlic tablets and there are various Homeopathic anti-malaria products on the market.

Yellow Fever Vaccination: All travelers entering Mozambique from any of the 43 countries where yellow fever has been diagnosed must present a valid certification of vaccination against the disease. Any passenger who cannot present such a certificate at his or her point of entry will be vaccinated at the cost of
about 54 US dollars before entering the country. Yellow fever has been reported from 43 countries, mostly in Africa and Latin America.

The nearest hospital is in Inhambane with basic facilities. We highly recommend travel insurance and Medical evacuation insurance in the event of an
emergency. Contact TIC.

Money - Take Rands or US Dollars CASH –Credit cards are only accepted at the 5* hotels and dive schools (who will charge you a 5% bank fee in the event that you should pay via credit card. Although Rand is widely accepted, we advise that you exchange into Meticais for use at the markets, restaurants, shops and petrol stations (You can pay in Rands at the petrol stations, but you will get a weak exchange rate)

When traveling by car, exchange money before you enter the border at the Komatiepoort Oasis: There are always people selling meticais at the border on the SA side at the Komatiepoort Oasis petrol station. Make sure that you get the right amount of money for what you are exchanging – the exchange varies and is pinned to the US Dollar. Please confirm the rate before leaving your destination.

Exchange money at banks (closed for siesta between 12H00 – 14H00), local shops, even the markets – ask around. You can draw money from the ATM in Inhambane with your credit card only… Not a normal ATM card. Please insure that you have your PIN code for the credit card in order to withdrawal from the ATM.

What to bring -
Driver’s licence & ID Books – VERY IMPORTANT
Passport & Visas (if applicable)
Vehicle Registration papers
2 x Red Triangles
Registration papers for trailers
Third Party Liability Insurance (You purchase this at the border at R 150.00 per vehicle – Compulsory!)

CLOTHING - Shorts, T-shirts, Sarongs, Summer dresses etc – the dress code in Mozambique is very relaxed. Sandals and shoes. Long sleeved shirts and long pants (light) for the evenings (it is important to cover most of your body for protection against mosquitoes).
Hat and sunglasses. Swimming costume and towel.
Light jacket / Sweatshirt

OTHER ITEMS - Swimming towels.
Mosquito repellent (Tabard, Peaceful Sleep, citronella etc.)
Mosquito coils.
Malaria precautions.
Sun block and after sun soothers.
Torch – in case of a power failure in Barra – very important!
Snorkel, mask and fins if you have – most places that have a scuba operation offer these for hire or free of charge if you are on a ocean safari.
Camera and film.
Good book to read.
Small medical kit with basic items - Hydrogen peroxide is very effective for insect bites and scratches. Also an ointment for insect bites, disinfectant, headache tablets and other basic supplies – surgical spirits is an excellent disinfectant for any scratches or cuts from the
Hammocks, beach umbrella & beach chairs

Your favourite South African wines
Chips, sweeties, biltong…. chocolate…!

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