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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    Was there the same weekend as Jelo

    Booked of with Malaria. Symptoms started over the weekend, visited casualties Tuesday night. Not very pleasant.
    oops

    We'll keep an eye out.

    What symptoms did you exhibit?
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    Had a slight headache last week, and then a bit of a stomach ache. Thought it was a stomach bug so did not act upon it.

    Started getting fever over the weekend, but this would then disappear again. Felt better on Monday morning with no fever thus I did not bother to make appointment at dr. as it seemed like the stomach bug had passed. Body soreness started over the weekend.

    Started feeling cold and shivered on Tuesday with a fever again. Think I waited a bit too long, but the symptoms were intermittent so did not make much of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    Had a slight headache last week, and then a bit of a stomach ache. Thought it was a stomach bug so did not act upon it.

    Started getting fever over the weekend, but this would then disappear again. Felt better on Monday morning with no fever thus I did not bother to make appointment at dr. as it seemed like the stomach bug had passed. Body soreness started over the weekend.

    Started feeling cold and shivered on Tuesday with a fever again. Think I waited a bit too long, but the symptoms were intermittent so did not make much of it.
    thanks, we'll keep an eye out for those: we got well bitten by the little bastards
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    Was there the same weekend as Jelo

    Booked of with Malaria. Symptoms started over the weekend, visited casualties Tuesday night. Not very pleasant.

    Did you take malaria meds before you went?

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    Nope did not take any...

    I'm taking them at the moment though
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    thanks, we'll keep an eye out for those: we got well bitten by the little bastards
    We were attacked in swarms as well, but Mozitech was taken religiously by all of us (youngest is 8 years old) and it certainly did its thing.

    No symptoms or illness by anyone of our group.
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    Okay, finally feeling human again.

    Due to the nature of our trip I did not bother to get the required malaria meds. Very stupid on my side. I grew up in Zululand and never deemed it necessary to take the meds when we go to Sodwana, Kosi Bay or South of Maputo.

    I take a no nonsense approach to malaria prophylaxis with my wife and kids, but since the mosquito's never really bite me and that we've never had any troubles in these areas I myself did not take it. Please feel free to call me stupid as I have called myself all sorts of names the past few days.

    Back on the topic. Ponta is becoming a bit commercial, but I felt it was quite good compared to South African coastal towns over long weekends. Busy but not so busy that we did not enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    Back on the topic. Ponta is becoming a bit commercial, but I felt it was quite good compared to South African coastal towns over long weekends. Busy but not so busy that we did not enjoy it.
    Yep, we were quite happy considering it was a peak weekend. The only issue was the speeders and racers.
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    Any updates on Ponta for December. I heard a lot off the lodges has been stripped during lockdown and not repaired yet. Has apparently gone backwards a lot.
    This is hearsay, anybody that can confirm or advise? Thanks

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    Also want to know.
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    The latest from Malongane itself.

    Yes, camps/ lodges etc are opened in Moz.

    SA can gointo Moz some requirements though.
    View below.
    Kosi bay border is closed but can go through Swaziland and Komartipoort.

    For those planning holidays in Mozambique, we recommend that you do not plan in detail around current regulations and procedures as,

    the situation is fluid and there will almost certainly be further changes by December.



    The following has been confirmed with Komatipoort/South Africa's border officials:
    (Note that the SA & Moz officials are operating Lebombo Border Post on a
    reciprocal basis and therefore what is acceptable on the SA side is usually accepted on the Moz side.)

    1. Crossing from SA to Moz at Lebombo, negative Covid-19 PCR tests (on your first entry, not older than 72hrs from time of test/swab being taken) are valid for 14 days from the date of issue of the test RESULT and,

    therefore, you can return to SA or Moz using the same test result you entered on, within the 14 day window.
    (Initially this was only allowed for business travellers but this is now applied to all crossing at Lebombo.)
    Mozambican border officials have also confirmed this for those travelling to SA with Covid tests conducted in Mozambique.

    2. All children 5 years and under are exempt from the Covid-19 test requirement.

    (We are not yet certain if this is agreed by Mozambique / applies to crossing both in and out of Moz but it would seem so.)

    3. Students and commuters who are crossing the border on a daily basis and truck drivers are exempt from the Covid-19 test requirement.

    We recommend that non-SADC passport holders, with no permanent residence or visa for SA and requiring entry from Mozambique to SA. contact the SA High Commission in Maputo

    Note that UK passport holders flying to JHB from Maputo have been asked to provide a letter/email from the SA High Commission confirming that they can enter SA.

    The following has been confirmed with Mozambique's Consulate in Nelspruit.

    1. South African passport holders (and other SADC visa exempt passport holders) are permitted to enter on the same basis as pre-Covid times i.e 30 days and visa exempt.

    2. Tourism and Visitors visas are
    NOT being issued at Mozambique's border posts or Consulates.
    Non-SADC/foreign passport holders (e.g. UK, USA) should be aware that they will not be granted entry into Mozambique unless they have permanent residence (Dires) or business/work visas.

    Info on Covid-19 Test Requirements:
    Test results are checked both sides of the border and in terms of the regulations should be original and signed by the lab technician/doctor who performed the test.

    If downloading results from the Ampath/Lancet Apps then print your result in colour - it is recommended to ask the lab to sign.
    It is advisable to have proof of payment for the test with you as, due to fraudulent Covid negative certificates doing the rounds, this may be asked for
    (but unlikely if your result is from a recognised lab and original).
    Moz officials are accepting results in English - for the SA side it is best to have your results in English and not Portuguese.
    (Most of the major laboratories in Mozambique can provide results in English.)

    Note that the rapid Antigen tests recently announced by South Africa, have not yet been rolled out at Lebombo border and are only for ENTRY to SA.

    We think best not to speculate on how this will impact travel until such as the Antigen tests are implemented.

    Eswatini / Swazi Border Crossings:
    Namaacha Border between Mozambique and Eswatini is open as are the larger Swazi - SA borders (Oshoek, Golela, Mananga).

    Covid-19 PCR test results (within 72hrs of arrival both in and out of Eswatini) are also required.
    Those travelling via Swaziland have reported having issues at SA borders with tests results in Portuguese - ensure your test result is in English and adheres to the requirements mentioned above.




    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please make sure everyone's South African passports are at least valid 1 month before expiry date and you each have more than 2 page open in your passports.
    If you are on an International passport, It will need to be valid for 6 months before expiry date.
    They are very strict at the border and will not let you through.


    MEAT BAN: As from 12 November 2019 no Red meat allowed through the border to Mozambique until further notice.



    Some areas do require a 4x4 or 2x4 with diff lock.
    If you are travelling to Ponta do Ouro or Ponta Malongane / Ponta Mamoli areas A 4x4 or 2x4 with diff lock is needed to access these areas.
    There is a Tar road that goes from the Border and ends at the market in Ponta do Ouro and thereafter you will not be able to drive with a normal car.


    Should you require any more info, please contact us.
    Please note that availability is only confirmed at time of booking.

    As of the 1st of June 2015 all children under the age of 18 emigrating through a South African border post must travel with an unabridged birth certificate in addition to a valid passport and necessary visas if required. When applying for the Unbridged birth certificate it can take up to 8 weeks for it to be issued,
    but the good news is that you can request a letter indicating that you have applied for the Unbridged Birth Certificate and the letter can then be used in the interim while you travel.

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    Thanks Bertus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertus View Post
    The latest from Malongane itself.

    Yes, camps/ lodges etc are opened in Moz.

    SA can gointo Moz – some requirements though.
    View below.
    Kosi bay border is closed but can go through Swaziland and Komartipoort.

    For those planning holidays in Mozambique, we recommend that you do not plan in detail around current regulations and procedures as,

    the situation is fluid and there will almost certainly be further changes by December.



    The following has been confirmed with Komatipoort/South Africa's border officials:
    (Note that the SA & Moz officials are operating Lebombo Border Post on a
    reciprocal basis and therefore what is acceptable on the SA side is usually accepted on the Moz side.)

    1. Crossing from SA to Moz at Lebombo, negative Covid-19 PCR tests (on your first entry, not older than 72hrs from time of test/swab being taken) are valid for 14 days from the date of issue of the test RESULT and,

    therefore, you can return to SA or Moz using the same test result you entered on, within the 14 day window.
    (Initially this was only allowed for business travellers but this is now applied to all crossing at Lebombo.)
    Mozambican border officials have also confirmed this for those travelling to SA with Covid tests conducted in Mozambique.

    2. All children 5 years and under are exempt from the Covid-19 test requirement.

    (We are not yet certain if this is agreed by Mozambique / applies to crossing both in and out of Moz but it would seem so.)

    3. Students and commuters who are crossing the border on a daily basis and truck drivers are exempt from the Covid-19 test requirement.

    We recommend that non-SADC passport holders, with no permanent residence or visa for SA and requiring entry from Mozambique to SA. contact the SA High Commission in Maputo

    Note that UK passport holders flying to JHB from Maputo have been asked to provide a letter/email from the SA High Commission confirming that they can enter SA.

    The following has been confirmed with Mozambique's Consulate in Nelspruit.

    1. South African passport holders (and other SADC visa exempt passport holders) are permitted to enter on the same basis as pre-Covid times i.e 30 days and visa exempt.

    2. Tourism and Visitors visas are
    NOT being issued at Mozambique's border posts or Consulates.
    Non-SADC/foreign passport holders (e.g. UK, USA) should be aware that they will not be granted entry into Mozambique unless they have permanent residence (Dires) or business/work visas.

    Info on Covid-19 Test Requirements:
    Test results are checked both sides of the border and in terms of the regulations should be original and signed by the lab technician/doctor who performed the test.

    If downloading results from the Ampath/Lancet Apps then print your result in colour - it is recommended to ask the lab to sign.
    It is advisable to have proof of payment for the test with you as, due to fraudulent Covid negative certificates doing the rounds, this may be asked for
    (but unlikely if your result is from a recognised lab and original).
    Moz officials are accepting results in English - for the SA side it is best to have your results in English and not Portuguese.
    (Most of the major laboratories in Mozambique can provide results in English.)

    Note that the rapid Antigen tests recently announced by South Africa, have not yet been rolled out at Lebombo border and are only for ENTRY to SA.

    We think best not to speculate on how this will impact travel until such as the Antigen tests are implemented.

    Eswatini / Swazi Border Crossings:
    Namaacha Border between Mozambique and Eswatini is open as are the larger Swazi - SA borders (Oshoek, Golela, Mananga).

    Covid-19 PCR test results (within 72hrs of arrival both in and out of Eswatini) are also required.
    Those travelling via Swaziland have reported having issues at SA borders with tests results in Portuguese - ensure your test result is in English and adheres to the requirements mentioned above.




    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please make sure everyone's South African passports are at least valid 1 month before expiry date and you each have more than 2 page open in your passports.
    If you are on an International passport, It will need to be valid for 6 months before expiry date.
    They are very strict at the border and will not let you through.


    MEAT BAN: As from 12 November 2019 no Red meat allowed through the border to Mozambique until further notice.



    Some areas do require a 4x4 or 2x4 with diff lock.
    If you are travelling to Ponta do Ouro or Ponta Malongane / Ponta Mamoli areas – A 4x4 or 2x4 with diff lock is needed to access these areas.
    There is a Tar road that goes from the Border and ends at the market in Ponta do Ouro and thereafter you will not be able to drive with a normal car.


    Should you require any more info, please contact us.
    Please note that availability is only confirmed at time of booking.

    As of the 1st of June 2015 all children under the age of 18 emigrating through a South African border post must travel with an unabridged birth certificate in addition to a valid passport and necessary visas if required. When applying for the Unbridged birth certificate it can take up to 8 weeks for it to be issued,
    but the good news is that you can request a letter indicating that you have applied for the Unbridged Birth Certificate and the letter can then be used in the interim while you travel.
    Hi Bertus, what this mean exactlly:

    "Non-SADC/foreign passport holders (e.g. UK, USA) should be aware that they will not be granted entry into Mozambique unless they have permanent residence (Dires) or business/work visas."

    Is Moz closed to travellers from outside SADC?

    I'm trying to get into Moz in early Dec but we are on EU passports...

    Thanks!
    Last edited by tashtego9; 2020/11/21 at 01:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tashtego9 View Post

    I'm trying to get into Moz in early Dec but we are on EU passports...

    Thanks!
    My understanding would be that if you are a foreign national but work and reside in an African country, you would have some form of residence permit to do so, such as a work permit if permanent or a work visa if on, say a business trip or contracting for a short period.
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    It look like that. See it in this way. Europe is on their second wave and Moz are scared of more infections and a possible different strain. South Africa 1st wave slowed down a bit and is picking up again. Can you call it 2nd wave? The rest of Africa did not reach the peak of their 1st wave yet that is why Moz is in a state of calamity and the warning is out, things will change in December. Whatch South Africa........... December

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertus View Post
    It look like that. See it in this way. Europe is on their second wave and Moz are scared of more infections and a possible different strain. South Africa 1st wave slowed down a bit and is picking up again. Can you call it 2nd wave? The rest of Africa did not reach the peak of their 1st wave yet that is why Moz is in a state of calamity and the warning is out, things will change in December. Whatch South Africa........... December
    So an EU passport with a SADC resident stamp would be ok you think?

    Thanks 👍

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    Ask the guys who passed the Moz border, there is always something or somebody new. You can always try your luck with a few tears and pleading but dont try to offer any speedup money in the office and to any official in uniform, their state run hotels are below standard.

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