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Crossing the Border from SA to Mozambique

PLEASE NOTE: Border rules are constantly changing – this is a rough guideline – please speak to one of our Destination Specialists for the latest information.

According to Barbara Mommen, CEO for the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI)

  • No firearms will be allowed across the border and it may not be handed into any police station in South Africa, due to changes in legislation.
  • No animals will be allowed through either.
  • Travellers who have been to countries affected by Yellow Fever will need to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.
  • Motorists whose cars are still financed by the bank need to get an authorisation and insurance repatriation confirmation from the same bank before attempting to cross the border.
  • Vehicles which are fully paid will require the original registration papers.
  • Should a different person, other than the owner, drive the car, the written permission of the owner is required.
  • Drivers are also advised to obtain an international driver’s license.
  • Mommen also urged travellers to not pay fines to police or traffic officers and to rather pay them at any police station.
  • She also warns travellers to avoid people claiming to be government officials who offer to complete travel documentation for a fee.
    “These individuals are fraudsters and should be avoided. No fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents,” she said.
  • The only fee charged is R17, which is levied by Mozambican immigration for travellers into Mozambique for the processing of passports.
  • All travellers are urged to report any corruption. “If the police or traffic officers request a bribe, ensure that you take the name of the officer, and ensure that the location and time of the roadblock is noted. Without this information there can be no recourse,” said Ms Mommen.

Crossing the border from South Africa - Komatipoort Border Post(Lebombo) to Mozambique - Ressano Garcia:

Enter the gate and you will be given your gate pass which includes: your car registration and number of people in your vehicle. Park your vehicle in the designated parking areas and enter the building, complete a vehicle temporary export document and gate pass, have them both stamped.

If you have any questions go to the Customer Services Help Desk. Proceed to immigration, with your passports, where they will be stamped. If you have any export goods to declare, go to the Customs desk where your original invoices must be stamped. Proceed to the Vehicle Registration desk (You should have all your vehicle registration documents) and collect the DA341 Complete the DA341 form and have it stamped with your gate pass by the official.

Proceed to Immigration desk along with your passport and gate pass and have your passport stamped.
If you are not a South African citizen and want to reclaim VAT, present the goods and original invoices at the VAT counter for a VAT refund. Return to your vehicle and give your gate pass to the official at the gate, at this stage a Customs Official may ask to search your car. Proceed to the Mozambique border post

At Mozambique Border:

You will receive a gate pass on entering Mozambique, make sure that you obey the directions and signals of the border officers and that you stop or park where they show you. Proceed to the immigration building.

Do NOT to let the locals, help you, with the paperwork. Customs officials are not allowed to receive money, but helpers are, so they work together.
This means that together they will go through your belongings, to find something, to make you pay for, where as the customs officials on his own is less likely to go through your belongings.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE; Do not use the private individual people alongside the road. Not only is this illegal but you stand a good chance of being ripped off.

 All passengers plus the driver must personally go through passport control at the immigration desk on the right as you walk in. in order to be allowed to enter Mozambique.

You will have to pay R17.50 cash, per passport request a receipt. The driver will take the gate pass and temporary export permit to the customs desk across the room get them stamped and pay road tax MTn 26.50 (+- R7.00) at the Vehicle Registration desk (Rands not accepted). You must have 3rd party insurance and road tax paid, this is R160,00 per vehicle.

Normal cameras and personal goods do not need to be declared, although if you are uncertain, ask.
If you are taking anything of high value or electronic equipment through. declare the items.
Items like laptops must be declared AND TAKE NOTE, fill in a separate form for each person. I have had an experience where I entered Mozambique with a friend and we declared our two laptops on one form. I exited 3 days before my friend from Kosi Bay border post,with no problem and he exited from Ressano Garcia 3 days later. When he went through customs they asked him where the other laptop was and no amount of explanations sufficed.
They stated that he had sold the other laptop and was liable for R5000,00 duty. It cost him a bribe of R100,00 to avoid this blatant manipulation and threat.

Very important -make sure that you have your 3rd party insurance.
Exit the building and find a customs official, usually dressed in a blue uniform, with orange pull-over, he will check your vehicle to see that no forbidden goods or plants are being brought into Mozambique. Note: You may be stopped for a control inspection along the N4.

Clearance of Travellers

Lebombo Port of Entry (POE) will clear people travelling in buses, taxis and Bakkies (only if they have more than 6 passengers) at the Komatipoort Commercial Facility (7km before the main Port of Entry) from 4-12 April 2012. It is signposted as the Lebombo Border Dry Port.

Other Ports of Entry will clear people at their main and outside buildings where applicable

Port of Entry Requirement (Mozambique side)

  • Revenue or fees to be paid at Ressano-Garcia POE (Mozambique side) when entering.
  • Customs Fees – Goods entering Mozambique are liable for duties / taxes depending on the quantity and quality thereof.
  • Vehicle Insurance – Motorbike R80.00, Vehicle R150.00, Vehicle pulling a trailer or caravan R230.00, Trucks or any vehicle carrying commercial goods R200.00 and trucks or any vehicle pulling a trailer carrying commercial goods R300.00.
  • Currency – Rands and Meticals are accepted for payment of the above services.

   Alfandega Notice on the Fiscal Allowances and Exemption to Travellers.


  • Should travellers encounter difficulties with traffic police or other authorities en route to their destinations, particularly if these officers are attempting to illicit bribes or are threatening, you are advised to do the following:
  • Be as cooperative as possible.
  • Insist on a written or officially printed fine.
  • Don’t pay the fine to the police officer, but take it to the nearest police station for payment and get an official receipt; stamped if possible.
  • If the police/traffic officers request a bribe, ensure that you take the name of the officer, and ensure that the location and time of the road block is noted. Without this information there can be no recourse.
  • Do not pay the bribe!
  • If in Mozambique, report this to the SA High Commission (RSA citizens only) or pass it on to MCLI to take up. If police insist on escorting you to the nearest police station, or if you are  unsure of the legitimacy of the charge, (the escort may often not be the closest police station) call the SA High Commission in Maputo on +258-21-490-059 or their after-hours duty officer on +258-84-304-4600 for advice.
  • If in South Africa, the same principles apply and incidents should be reported to the Mpumalanga Traffic Department on their hotline 0800-202-775.
  • TRAC Help Desk (N4 and EN4 Only) If you are involved in an accident, have a flat tyre, overheated engine or smashed windscreen, dial for assistance from the TRAC rescue team nearest to you:
    • South Africa (N4): 0800-8722-64 (0800-TRAC-N4) or (+27)-82-881-4444.
    • Mozambique (EN4): (+258)-84-343-4346 or (+258)-82-303-4303.
  • Governmental Anti-Corruption / Fraud Hotline Numbers:
    • Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF): 0800-701-701.
    • South Africa Revenue Services (SARS): 0800-002-870.
    • South African Police Services(SAPS): 0860-010-111.
    • National Intelligence Agency (NIA): 012-427-4903 (
    • ICASA: 0800-205-095.
    • Mozambique Customs Green Line: 800-000-800.
  • The IOM’s Southern African Counter-Trafficking Assistance Programme (SACTAP):
    • Mozambique Regional Office: +258-21-310-779.
    • South Africa Regional Office: +27-(0)12-342-2789.
    • Swaziland Regional Office: +263-4-335-044/048.
I suggest that you contact one of these people for further information


For queries please contact the following border post managers

Name of Border Post

Contact Person

Lebombo Border Post & Mpumalanga Province

Mr. Henson Msongweni
083 555 3357 - 013 7937626 or

Oshoek  & Waverley Border   Post

Mr. Themba Mndebele
082 645 3613

Mahamba & Bothashoop Border Post

Mr. Koot Malebe
079 799 2950

Jeppes Reef & Josefsdal Border Post

Mr. David Mabuza
079 515 7715

Mananga Border Post

Ms. Barbara Stassen
079 506 8854

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Ms. Elda Ferreira
083 555 4609


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