Mozambique: Border crossings increase as festive season approaches – AIM report

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Mozambique’s border posts are registering strong growth in traffic as the festive period approaches.

According to data from the National Immigration Service (SENAMI), twenty per cent more people crossed over the borders between 4 and 10 December than in the same period in 2020.

In a statement, SENAMI pointed out that “43,138 travellers of various nationalities crossed the national borders, with 21,049 entering the country and 22,089 leaving. This compares with 34,322 during the same period in 2020”.

Of those entering the country, 10,594 were Mozambican compared with 10,455 with other nationalities. For those leaving, 11,953 were Mozambican compared with 10,135 foreigners.

Ressano Garcia on the border with South Africa is the busiest of the crossings with 22,486 travellers, followed by Maputo International Airport with 3,854 passengers, and Zobue in the central province of Tete, on the border with Malawi, with 2,905 travellers.

Of foreign citizens crossing the borders, 8,909 are Malawian, 8,485 South African, and 1,779 Zimbabwean.

During the period, SANAMI repatriated 83 foreign citizens compared with 33 in the same period in 2020. Those deported included 23 Burundian citizens, 19 Pakistanis, 15 Malawians, 11 Bengalis, five Congolese, three Zimbabweans, two Rwandans, two South Africans, one Portuguese, and one Chinese citizen.

Over the festive season, Ressano Garcia will remain open 24 hours a day, whilst Ponta do Ouro, on the border with the South African province of Kwazulu-Natal, and Goba, and Namaacha, on the border with Eswatini, will be open between 7 am and 6 pm.

This year travellers entering Mozambique must submit a negative PRC test to prove that they do not have Covid-19. According to SENAMI, rapid tests and PCR tests will be available free of charge at all border crossings. To minimise delays, the Mozambican authorities have been working with their South African counterparts to ensure that the PCR tests for Mozambican miners working in South Africa are taken at the mines.

Source: AIM

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