CTO ICT Forum 2017

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TRAVEL

Maputo International Airport

Maputo International Airport, also known as Lourenço Marques Airport, is an airport located 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) northwest of the centre of Maputo, the largest city and capital of Mozambique. It is the largest airport in Mozambique, and hub for LAM Mozambique Airlines and Kaya Airlines.

Airlines: The following airlines fly to Maputo Int’l Airport: Turkish, TAP, Qatar, Kenya, Ethiopia, TAG (Angolan), SAA, LAM (Tanzania, Nairobi, SA, Kenya) and Air Mauritius

Location: 3267 Avenida Acordos de Lusaka, 2631 Maputo, Mozambique

Airport Code: MPM

Contacts: +258 1 465 038/9, +258 1 465 036/7, +258 1 465 003

Buses 18, 24 and 25 run to the city hourly from 04h30 to 22h00. Taxis and car hire options are also available.

Visa requirements

Due to the fact that different requirements apply to different countries and the requirements are subject to change, we advise that you contact the nearest Mozambique mission or consulate to find more details about the visa process. According to the official website of the Government of Mozambique, citizens from South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia do not need a VISAto enter Mozambique. Citizens from Zimbabwe and country members of CPLP who have a Diplomatic passport also do not need a VISA. 

Mozambique has over 40 missions across the world where visas can be procured. The host Country is currently liaising with the Mozambican Immigration Service with a view to processing visas at the point of entry for registered delegates from Countries that do not have a Mozambican High Commission/Embassy. Modalities for securing this service will be available soon.

To apply for an entry visa your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date your visa for Mozambique was issued, and have at least three consecutive blank pages. In addition you will need:

  • Visa request form;
  • Two passport size photographs;
  • A copy of the return tickets or a copy of the flight confirmation;
  • Hotel booking confirmation
  • One recent bank statement;
  • Copy of first page of passport containing a photo;
  • Letter of invitation from the official or business institution in Mozambique.
  • Yellow fever– There is no risk of yellow fever in this country, however, there is a certificate requirement

CTO will be happy to assist with an Invitation Letter on request to assist delegates with the visa process. Delegates who require this assistance should submit the following information to the host:

  1. Full Name as written on Passport
  2. Date and Place of Birth
  3. Nationality
  4. Date of Arrival
  5. Date of Departure
  6. Hotel Booking
  7. A clear scanned copy of the data page of the passport
  8. A valid email address

Delegates are strongly advised to check the requirements for transit visas, based on their itinerary, as the rules change from country to country. Lack of necessary transit visa prevents undertaking the entire journey.

All visa arrangements and costs are to be borne by the attendees and/or their administration.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country Profile

Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique, is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. It is separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east.

Mozambique is divided into ten provinces and one capital city – Maputo – with provincial status and is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources.

Capital

The capital and largest city is Maputo (previously called Lourenço Marques).

 

Local Transport

Taxis
All listed hotels recommended by the host will offer a taxi service, please enquire at the reception desk to confirm pricing and availability. Please note hotels will need advance notice for reserving taxis operating outside of daylight hours.

Bus

The company Transportes Rodoviário de Maputo operates on several routes within the city of Maputo. Buses operate from 4AM to 01AM and tickets can be purchased on the bus.

Train

There isn’t a credible rail structure in Maputo. The railways were seriously damaged during the civil war and, nowadays, only trains to Johannesburg operate regularly as well as a few to the Zimbabwean border.

Car rental

Driving in Mozambique is on the left. It is a criminal offence to drive without a valid licence in Mozambique. You can easily hire car at the airport or in the city centre.

Car hire options at Maputo International Airport:

  • Europcar Maputo Car Rental – +258 21 466 182
  • Avis – +258 21 321 243
  • Sixt Car Rental – +258 21 465 250

Car hire options at Maputo city centre:

  • A&A Trucks Lda – +258 21 328 688 | 1837,1º A Ft 102 Av 24 Julho-Maputo
  • Amin’s Rent A Car – +258 21 406 162 | 13/B Av Angola-Maputo
  • Euro Rent Lda – +258 21 485 572 | 358 r/c R Kamba Simango-Maputo
Health requirements

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 08911 or 21313103 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Yellow fever – There is no risk of yellow fever in this country, however, there is a certificate requirement.

Cholera – Cholera is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Most travellers are at low risk. Those at higher risk include humanitarian aid workers and travellers with remote itineraries in areas of cholera outbreaks, who have limited access to safe water and medical care. Travellers should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions. Vaccine should be given to travellers whose planned activities put them at a higher risk of exposure.

Hepatitis A – Hepatitis A is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Those at higher risk include travellers visiting friends and relatives, long stay travellers, and those visiting areas of poor sanitation. Travellers should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions. Vaccine should be given to travellers whose planned activities put them at risk and to those with chronic liver disease or haemophilia, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and those at occupational risk.

Hepatitis B – Hepatitis B is transmitted via infected blood or bodily fluids. Travellers should avoid contact with blood or bodily fluids. Where contact is unavoidable, appropriate protective precautions should be taken. A sterile medical kit should be carried. Vaccination should be considered for all adult and child travellers.

Rabies – Transmission may occur following contact with the saliva from an infected animal, most often via a bite, scratch or lick to an open wound or mucous membrane. Travellers should avoid contact with all animals and bats. Pre-exposure vaccination should be considered for adults and children. Following a possible exposure, wounds should be thoroughly cleansed and an urgent local medical assessment sought, even if the wound appears trivial. Prompt post exposure treatment may be required.

Tetanus – Travellers should thoroughly clean all wounds and seek appropriate medical attention. A booster dose should be given to travellers whose last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine was given more than 10 years ago, and who will not have ready access to medical care; even if they have received five doses previously.

Tuberculosis – Travellers at higher risk include healthcare workers, those who are visiting friends and relatives (particularly young children), long stay travellers, and those who have close contact with an infected individual. Travellers should avoid close contact with individuals known to have infectious pulmonary tuberculosis. BCG vaccine should be considered for unvaccinated, tuberculin skin test negative children from 6 to 16 years of age, who are going to live for more than 3 months in this country. Travellers who suspect that they may have been exposed to tuberculosis should receive an appropriate medical evaluation.

Typhoid – Typhoid fever is known or presumed to occur in this country. Typhoid is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Travellers should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions even if vaccinated. Vaccine should be given to travellers whose planned activities put them at higher risk. Current vaccines against Salmonella Typhoid are only 50-80% protective and do not protect against Salmonella Paratyphoid. Previous typhoid illness does not confer reliable immunity.

Malaria – There is a high risk of malaria in Mozambique. Malaria is transmitted via the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. Anopheles mosquitoes feed predominantly during the hours from dusk to dawn. Risk depends on the specific location, season of travel, length of stay, activities and type of accommodation. Those at higher risk of malaria, or of severe complications from malaria, include pregnant women, infants and young children, the elderly, and those visiting friends and relatives. Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures. Anopheles mosquitoes feed predominantly during the hours from dusk to dawn. No malaria prevention tablets are 100% effective. Taking malaria prevention tablets in combination with mosquito bite avoidance measures will give substantial protection against malaria. Chloroquine resistance is widespread. The recommended chemoprophylaxis is mefloquine, doxycycline or atovaquone/proguanil. Travellers who develop a fever of 38°C [100°F] or higher more than one week after being in a malaria risk area, or who develop any symptoms suggestive of malaria within a year of return should seek immediate medical care.

Dengue – Dengue is transmitted via the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes feed predominantly during daylight hours and are most abundant in urban or peri-urban settings. All travellers to dengue areas are at risk. Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures. Aedes mosquitoes feed predominantly during daylight hours. There is no vaccination or medication to prevent dengue. A previous dengue illness with one of the four dengue virus serotypes does not confer immunity to other virus serotypes. Infection with a second dengue serotype may be a risk factor for the development of dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Schistosomiasis – According to World Health Organization (WHO), cases of schistosomiasis were reported in this country in 2012. Schistosoma larvae are released from infected freshwater snails and penetrate intact skin to establish infection (schistosomiasis). Travellers may be exposed to schistosoma during activities such as wading, swimming, bathing or washing clothes in fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. Swimming in chlorinated water or sea water is not a risk for schistosomiasis. Topical application of insect repellent before exposure to water, or towel drying after accidental exposure to schistosomiasis are not reliable in preventing infection. There is no vaccine or tablets to prevent schistosomiasis. Travellers who may have been exposed to schistosomiasis should have a medical assessment.

Climate

Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Annual precipitation varies from 500 to 900 mm depending on the region, with an average of 590 mm. Cyclones are common during the wet season. Average temperature ranges in Maputo are from 13 to 24 °C (55.4 to 75.2 °F) in July to 22 to 31 °C (71.6 to 87.8 °F) in February.

Language

Mozambique is a multilingual country with 43 languages spoken. Portuguese is the official language and it is the most widely spoken language in Mozambique. Other widely spoken languages include Swahili, Makhuwa, Sena, Ndau and Shangaan.

Time zone
Central Africa Time Zone

Telecommunications

There is one fixed operator (TDM- Telecomunicações de Moaçambique) and 3 Mobile Operators (Mcel-Moçambique Celular, Vodacom and Movitel).

The Conference venue will be equipped with WIFI. Delegates are also encouraged to purchase SIM cards which will be available at the conference venue.

The Country Dialling code is +258

Electricity

Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50Hz
Primary Socket Types: Type C / F / M

Tourism attractions

Mozambique offers long, dune-fringed beaches, turquoise waters abounding in shoals of colourful fish, well-preserved corals, remote archipelagos in the north, pounding surf in the south and graceful dhows with billowing sails. Add to this colonial-style architecture, pulsating nightlife, an endlessly fascinating cultural mix and vast tracks of bush populated with elephants, lions and birds galore. Please visit http://www.inatur.org.mz/eng for more information on the tourist activities available in Mozambique.

Credit Cards and Banks
Major international credit cards are widely accepted for transactions.

Government Offices open from 8.00am to 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays. Most banks open from 9.00 am – 3.30pm on weekdays.

Bureau de change operators are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country.

Business hours

Banks:

Monday to Friday:    08h00-12h00 and 14h00-17h00

Saturday:                09h00-13h00
Public Services:

Monday to Friday:    07h30-15h30

Local laws and customs

You must by law carry original identity documents at all times and present them on request to the authorities. Police patrols and checkpoints are common. Don’t hand over your passport to anyone other than an official. Ask to see their ID if in doubt.

Photographing government offices, airports, military establishments, residences and the police or officials is illegal without special permission from the Ministry of Information. If in doubt, don’t take pictures.

Drug use, possession and trafficking are serious offences. Punishments can include long jail terms and heavy fines

Religion

Statistics show that 56% of Mozambique’s population are Christians and Muslims comprised 18% of the population. 7% of the people held other beliefs and 19% have no religious beliefs.

 

Dress and behaviour

In the cities, men tend to wear Western-style suits to go to work and women wear Western-style dresses made from fabric with brightly coloured African patterns.

Tipping

Tipping in Mozambique is not customary, although in tourist areas a tip of about 10 percent is expected.

Currency

Mozambican meticalMZN
Notes: MT20, MT50, MT100, MT200, MT500, MT1000
Coins: MT1, MT2, MT5, MT10, 5, 10, 50
Credit cards: Credit cards are increasingly accepted in the larger cities. You should tell your bank before using your card in Mozambique.

Make sure you can access money in a variety of ways. Travellers’ cheques are not commonly accepted. US Dollars and South African Rand are the main exchange currencies.

Don’t enter or exit the country with more than 500 Meticais.

Useful Contacts

Should you face any problem, an accident happen or you are a victim of a crime in Maputo please use the below contact numbers to report your situation:

  • Police (PRM – Polícia da República de Moçambique) – 119
  • Fire department – 198 / 32.22.22
  • Medical emergency – There’s no public service of ambulances. The private company SOS Assistência Médica operates in Maputo and transports people in need to the apropriate health service provider – +258 21 082 911 / 31.31.03
  • Central Hospital of Maputo – Av. Eduardo Mondlane – +258 21 325 002/4

Further Information:

Robert Hayman ,
Event Manager, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization
+44 (0)20 8600 3805
+44 (0) 208 600 3819