Mozambique Vehicle & Trailer Regulations

Mozambique Vehicle & Trailer Regulations

We have put together a simple guide for you to understand what your vehicle and / or towed application will need when travelling into Mozambique including reflective tapes, stickers and other important requirements


We have put together a simple guide for all vehicle and trailer requirements going into Mozambique including graphics to illustrate (see below).

Although trailers generally come standard with red, white and amber reflective tape, you may want to take a look at our illustrations below to make sure your trailer's reflective tape is in the correct location with matching colours (for those who are travelling to Mozambique with a trailer).


Vehicle & Trailer Requirements for Mozambique

Required Recommended
Indication of Vehicle Origin
To be placed on the back, right-hand side (driver's side) of your vehicle and trailer
Blue & Yellow Triangular Stickers
Front, right-hand side (driver's side) of your vehicle +
Back, right-hand side (driver's side) of the trailer
2 x Red Warning Triangles
(trailers require 2 additional warning triangles)
Fluorescent Safety Jackets / Vests
Extra Set Of Vehicle Keys
Standard White, Red & Amber Reflective Tape on Trailers
On the front, back and sides of the trailer
1kg Fire Extinguisher
Spare Wheel & Other Tools

Indication of Vehicle Origin


Any vehicle and trailer entering Mozambique must have a country of origin sticker that indicates the country it's registered in (for example: the South African country of origin sticker is ZA). The decal must be visible for officials to see and can be purchased from your local Automobile Association (AA) or from a typical automobile / 'outdoor' store.

Anywhere on the back of your vehicle and trailer but must always be on the right-hand side (drivers side) and the sticker must be more than 150mm from the number plate.

Unless your vehicle's bodywork is Aluminium - Try source the magnetic version of the "sticker" so that it is easy to remove when not needed. Otherwise we recommend placing the sticker on the back window (but not obstructed by a canopy) for easier removal (as opposed to the body panel).

Blue & Yellow Triangular Stickers

*Required for trailers and vehicles towing (but see tip below for vehicles not towing)

Travellers towing trailers, caravans or any other application in Mozambique must obtain 2 Blue & Yellow Triangular Stickers - 1 for the front of the vehicle and 1 for the back of the trailer or towed application.

Trailer: 1 x sticker applied to the back, right-hand side (drivers side).
Vehicle: 1 x sticker applied to the front, right-hand bumper (drivers side).

A "For Good Measure" Tip:
Even if you are not towing anything, we still advise you apply a blue & yellow triangular sticker to the front of your vehicle to avoid being pulled over by traffic officials.

Red Warning / Breakdown Triangles


We recommend you acquire good quality triangles from the AA (or any other automobile store) with sides no less than 500mm in length.

2 x breakdown triangles per vehicle

Extra Requirements When Towing:
If you are towing a trailer then you must acquire 2 more triangles (vehicle + trailer = 4 triangles)

Fluorescent Safety Jackets / Vests


You are required to equip your vehicle with 2 x Fluorescent Safety Jackets / Vests (luminous yellow or green) when entering Mozambique.

Extra Set Of Vehicle Keys


You are required to carry an extra / duplicate set of car keys.

Standard Red, White & Amber Reflective Tape for Trailers

*Required - Your current trailer must correspond closely with the information below.

As illustrated above - your trailer must have:

1) White rectangular reflectors on the front of the trailer.
2) Red rectangular reflectors on the back of the trailer.
3) Continuous amber reflective tape horizontally across the sides and back of the trailer.

A "For Good Measure" Tip:

Although trailers generally come standard with these factory fitted reflectors, please ensure yours has continuous amber reflective tape horizontally across the back (a lot of trailers don't).
If not - then we highly suggest you buy and apply amber reflective tape across the back so that traffic officials don't have an excuse to stop you.

Fire Extinguisher

*Not required but recommended for good measure

We recommend you equip your vehicle with a serviceable fire extinguisher (traffic officials sometimes call it a "sting fire") and it should be SAZ or International Standards Authority approved. Light Vehicles should be equipped with a fire extinguisher no less than 0.75kgs. 1kg is recommended because they more widely available. As long as the fire extinguisher is over 0.75kgs in mass. Heavy Vehicles should be equipped with a fire extinguisher no less than 1.5kgs.

Secured anywhere in a safe and shaded spot within your vehicle.

A "For Good Measure" Tip:
We recommend you equip your vehicle with a fire extinguisher to avoid any reason for a fine and for personal safety reasons in case you end up in a situation where it would be beneficial.

Spare Wheel & Other Tools

*Not required but recommended for good measure

A "For Good Measure" Tip:
We recommend you equip your vehicle with a serviceable and inflated spare wheel with sufficient tread (must be the same size as the other wheels), car jack and a wheel spanner

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Southern Mozambique

Santa Carolina (One of the Bazaruto Islands) hosted the popular and well known TV Show 'Survivor South Africa' in 2010.


Southern Mozambique

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Southern Mozambique

Zavora is a beautiful beach renowned for its huge protective reef running 2km parallel and close to the shoreline. This reef acts as a natural tidal pool with shallow, calm waters, perfect for activities such as snorkeling, swimming and fishing

Island of Mozambique

Northern Mozambique

The Island of Mozambique has played an important role since the 10th century in intercontinental trade to the East, in the 16th century is was an established and wealthy trading port for ships sailing on monsoon winds and where cargoes of ivory, gold and slaves were traded for fabrics and spices from India and Arabia.


Southern Mozambique

Tofo Bay is ideally situated along the well renowned Manta Coast - a popular dive site region for all levels of diving experience with over 30 dive sites to explore.

Santa Maria

Southern Mozambique

Find beautiful pansy shells off the beaches of Santa Maria during a spring low tide, full or new moon.


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Categories Explained

For better understanding, we have put together a brief summary guide of what each category means and to also give you an idea of what each associated icon refers to when you see them on listings & adverts.

Listed in alphabetical order

Backpackers Lodge:

Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.

Bar On-Site:

Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.

Bed & Breakfast:

If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.

Campsite / Glamping:

Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.

Conference Venue:

This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.

Disabled Friendly Accommodation:

Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.

Dive Charter:

These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Eco Lodges:

Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.

Fishing Charter:

This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.

For Sale:

If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.

Full Board Accommodation:

Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.

Group Accommodation:

Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".

Guest House:

Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.

Holiday Home:

This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.

Honeymoon / Romantic Accommodation:

Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!


A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.

Restaurant / Personal Chef(s) On-Site:

This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.

Self Catering:

This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.


This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.

Tours & Safaris:

These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.

Wedding Venue:

This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.