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Get a Mozambique Visa to See Elephants in the Maputo Special Reserve

by David Pacella | December 22nd, 2010

Famous for its elephants, Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve also provides shelter for herds of zebra and antelope, plus crocodiles, hippos, and many different types of exotic birds. N0w, the World Bank is investing in a new, community-owned project to build an eco-resort in the park. That means that if the lodge is successful, the community as a whole will benefit. It should provide local people with a new source of income as well as providing them with an incentive to take care of the park and its wildlife.

It will also make the park much more attractive to tourists; as this article on notes, currently “accommodation is also a bit wild and rugged. With bathroom facilities being relatively non-existent, camping is not for the faint-hearted. Most camping sites provide you with little else besides a cleared area, with your major pro being wonderful beach access.”

To visit Mozambique, US visitors need both a passport and a visa. In theory, you can get a visa on arrival in Mozambique; however, the US Department of State strongly recommends you get your visa beforehand.

Before you apply for a Mozambique visa, check your passport. The expiration date needs to be at least 6 months further in the future than the date you plan to enter Mozambique. You need at least 1 completely pristine page in the back of your passport if you’re applying before you leave the US. If you plan on taking your chances and applying for a visa at the border, you need 3 blank pages.

You’ll also need:

  • 1 completed copy of the Mozambique visa application
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • A copy of your hotel reservations
  • If you’re visiting a friend or family in Mozambique, you’ll need a letter of invitation that clearly states your first and last name along with your address.
  • Payment of the appropriate visa fees. Contact the Mozambique Embassy or your visa agency for the precise amounts.

You don’t need a yellow fever vaccination to get your visa, but you will need one to enter the country. Don’t forget to bring your International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever with you and keep it with you as you travel. If you arrive in Mozambique without it, they will revaccinate you and charge you $50 for the privilege.

No matter where you’re going in Africa, RushMyTravelVisa can review your itinerary and help you get the visas you need quickly and easily.

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