When it comes to border crossings in Mozambique, it helps to have your wits about you. These are some basic guidelines to help make crossing the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia Border Post (also called the Komatipoort Border) go smoothly.
Navigating borders in Africa can be a stressful experience, especially if you are un-prepared to face the bureaucracy. The most important thing is to have all your papers in order. Here is a quick survival guide of tips to help things go easier when crossing the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia Border Post and travelling into Mozambique from Komatipoort, South Africa.
PLEASE NOTE: Border rules are constantly changing - this is a rough guideline - please speak to one of our Mozambique Destination Specialists for the latest information.
It is a good idea to stop off at the Komati Oasis situated on the N4 approximately 1,4 kilometres before the Lebombo Border. This is a good place to fill up on fuel and grab supplies for the road. There is a small supermarket, ATM and a Bureau de Change where you can get Meticais - (the local currency).
The Bureau de Change is open from 08:30 - 3:30 during the week. You can also pay a small fee to use a clean toilet rather than use the facilities at the border.
Insurance - Have you remembered to get third party insurance?
If not then you can get insurance at the Global Alliance kiosk.
Make sure that all your paperwork is in order and have a working pen handy.
You are permitted to bring the following into Mozambique without having to declare them:
Please note you will not be allowed to bring any fresh produce (meat, fruits and vegetables) back into South Africa after your holiday.
The Lebombo / Ressano Garcia Border is open from 06h00 to 24h00 (midnight).
During Easter and from mid December to mid January it is open 24 hours a day.
The Lebombo border post is busiest over weekends and Christmas and Easter and if you are travelling at these times, it pays to be patient. If you are self-catering, remember that you are only allowed to take goods of a certain value into the country (Check with one of our Destination Specialists what the latest regulations are).
You may have to produce your till slips to prove the value of the goods so have them handy. However, Mozambique has fantastic fresh produce, so do not take to many provisions; rather enjoy the famous local cuisine.
Look out for speed traps about 5km before the border post when travelling back to South Africa - adhere to the speed limit or you may be fined.
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