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Money and duty free for Mozambique

Currency and Money

Currency information

Mozambique Metical (MZN; symbol MT) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of MT1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of MT10, 5, 2 and 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.

Note: The new Metical replaced the old Metical (MZM) on 1 July 2006. 1 MZN = 1,000 MZM. The old notes ceased being legal tender on 31 December 2006.

Credit cards

These are increasingly accepted in Maputo, but not generally beyond the capital.

Travellers cheques

Not commonly accepted, and where accepted are slow to process and often attract high rates of commission.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0730-1530.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration. The export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival.

Currency exchange

There are bureaux de change at the airports. Money can also be changed at banks. It is advisable to take US Dollars or South African Rand.

Mozambique duty free


The following goods may be imported into Mozambique without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco.
• 750ml of spirits.
• A reasonable quantity of perfume (opened).

Banned Imports

Narcotics and unauthorised firearms.

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