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Crossing the Border
Border Crossings between South Africa and Mozambique
  • Lebombo (South Africa) / Ressano Garcia (Mozambique)
  • Kosi Bay (South Africa) / Ponta do Ouro (Mozambique)
  • Pafuri (South Africa) / Limpopo (Mozambique)
  • Kruger National Park (South Africa) / Giriyonda (Mozambique)
There are a number of options to cross the border over land from South Africa to Mozambique. The Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post is being used by substantially larger volumes of travellers as well as for the movement of commercial produce and it is deemed appropriate to provide a guideline on the required procedures at this border post.
Please Pay Attention
  • This guideline offers a basic explanation of the required Border Crossing procedures and it is drafted in support of work done by the Authorities on both sides of the border – You are advised to comply with instructions of border officials.
  • Travellers must have a valid passport (validity at least 30 days after the intended return date) with two clean pages in the passport.
  • Visas are not required by South African passport holders for a stay of up to 30 days.
  • For the fiscal allowances and exemptions to Travellers to Mozambique – click here
  • No firearms will be allowed to cross the border, without the required permits.
  • No animals (pets) will be allowed to cross the border, without the required permits.
  • Third Party Insurance is compulsory for all non-Mozambican registered vehicles entering the country. These can normally be procured on the border, from official representatives of the different insurance companies.
  • All vehicles are required to be equipped with two red Warning Triangles, two Reflective Jackets and one fire-extinguisher.
  • Health requirements: Vaccinations Compulsory – Yellow Fever (if coming from an infected area); Recommended – Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Polio; Precautions – Malaria risk.
  • If you are planning to cross the border at LEBOMBO/RESSANO GARCIA please take time and read the latest newsletter of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI). It contains essential information that will surely make your journey easier.
    Click here to access an index of their latest newsletters.
  • For detailed information, regarding  freight and/or commercial goods crossing the border from South Africa to Mozambique or from Mozambique to South Africa – click here      
On the South African side
  • On entering the border post you will receive a gate pass.
  • Inside the Customs/Immigration building you need to complete the paper work.
  • All goods must be declared, especially valuables such cameras and computers.
  • Keep the stamped Customs declaration form in a safe place – you will need to show it to the Customs officials on re-entering South Africa.
  • Custom officials will also stamp your gate pass.
  • Proceed to complete Immigration procedures.
  • Immigration officials will also stamp your gate pass.
  • Return to your vehicle and drive through to the Mozambican side.
  • Before leaving the South African side you must give the gate pass to the guard on duty.  
On the Mozamican side
  • On entering the border a guard will hand you a gate pass.
  • “Runners” are not government officials. No official fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents. It is advised not to use them.
  • Proceed to Immigration (Migraçao) – each individual must have passport stamped.
  • Ensure that the gate pass is also stamped.
  • Driver to obtain a vehicle form – complete request for Temporary Import permission regarding vehicle, boat trailer and electronic equipment – issued by Customs officials (Alfândega) and generally valid for a period of 30 days.
  • Proceed to the duty counter declare goods and pay relevant duties. Keep documentation for the duration of your journey as proof of payment.
  • Alfândega officials are at liberty to search your vehicle.
  • If you should be found to be in possession of any undeclared items these will be confiscated.
  • Hand in the gate pass and enter Mozambique.
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