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Name of Border Post

Lebombo Border Post & Mpumalanga Province

Contact Person

Mr. Henson Msongweni
083 555 3357 - 013 7937626 or

Oshoek  & Waverley Border   Post

Mr. Themba Mndebele 082 645 3613

Mahamba & Bothashoop Border Post

Mr. Koot Malebe 079 799 2950

Jeppes Reef & Josefsdal Border Post

Mr. David Mabuza 079 515 7715

Mananga Border Post

Ms. Barbara Stassen 079 506 8854

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport


Ms. Elda Ferreira 083 555 4609















Land Ports Operating Hours – Festive Period:

Peak Period Festive:

Normal Operating Hours:

Extended Hours:


South Africa and Mozambique -
Lebombo Port of Entry


24 Hours

18-29 Mar 2016

South Africa and Swaziland -
Oshoek Port of Entry


24 Hours

24-28 Mar 2016

South Africa and Swaziland -
Mahamba Port of Entry



24 Mar 2016

South Africa and Swaziland -
Jeppes Reef Port of Entry



24-28 Mar 2016

South Africa and Swaziland -
Mananga Port of Entry



24-26 Mar 2016

Airport Operating Hours – Festive Period:


Normal Operating Hours:

Extended Hours:

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport



Lanseria International Airport



Maputo International Airport

24 Hours

During Construction:
05h00 - 00h00 (Arrivals)
06h00 - 00h00 (Departures)

OR Tambo International Airport

24 Hours

24 Hours

Please take note that normal Border Post operating times are in effect except for the extended hours as per the periods stipulated above.

We would like to advise all our readers who will be travelling between South Africa and Mozambique to plan their trips carefully to avoid the long queues.




Ressano Garcia  06H00 - 00H00


Namaacha           07H00 - 22H00


Ponta do Ouro   08h00 - 17h00


Machipanda       06H00 - 18H00


Cuchamano       06H00 - 18H00


Zobwe                06H00 - 18H00


Milange            06H00 - 18H00


Mandimba        06H00 - 18H00


Giriyondo        gates according to Kruger National Park Gate Times


According to Barbara Mommen, CEO for the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI):-

  • No firearms will be allowed across the border and it may not be handed into any police station in South Africa, due to changes in legislation.
  • No animals will be allowed through either.
  • Travellers who have been to countries affected by Yellow Fever will need to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.
  • Motorists whose cars are still financed by the bank need to get an authorisation and insurance repatriation confirmation from the same bank before attempting to cross the border.
  • Vehicles which are fully paid will require the original registration papers.
  • Should a different person, other than the owner, drive the car, the written permission of the owner is required.
  • Drivers are also advised to obtain an international driver’s license.
  • Mommen also urged travellers to not pay fines to police or traffic officers and to rather pay them at any police station.
  • She also warns travellers to avoid people claiming to be government officials who offer to complete travel documentation for a fee.
    “These individuals are fraudsters and should be avoided. No fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents,” she said.
  • The only fee charged is R17, which is levied by Mozambican immigration for travellers into Mozambique for the processing of passports.
  • All travellers are urged to report any corruption. “If the police or traffic officers request a bribe, ensure that you take the name of the officer, and ensure that the location and time of the roadblock is noted. Without this information there can be no recourse,” said Ms Mommen.

Crossing the border from South Africa - Komatipoort Border Post(Lebombo) to Mozambique - Ressano Garcia:

"Lebombo/Ressano Garcia 24 Hour Festive Season Operations"

For Further Enquiries Please Call the Following Numbers: 013 7937029 (Lebombo RSA) and +258 21 550 010 (Ressano Garcia Moçambique)
Source: Lebombo BCOCC RSA and Mozambique Border Authorities


Enter the gate and you will be given your gate pass which includes: your car registration and number of people in your vehicle
Park your vehicle in the designated parking areas and enter the building, complete a vehicle temporary export document and gate pass, have them both stamped.

If you have any questions go to the Customer Services Help Desk.
Proceed to immigration, with your passports, where they will be stamped.
If you have any export goods to declare, go to the Customs desk where your original invoices must be stamped
Proceed to the Vehicle Registration desk (You should have all your vehicle registration documents) and collect the DA341
Complete the DA341 form and have it stamped with your gate pass by the official.
Proceed to Immigration desk along with your passport and gate pass and have your passport stamped.
If you are not a South African citizen and want to reclaim VAT, present the goods and original invoices at the VAT counter for a VAT refund
Return to your vehicle and give your gate pass to the official at the gate, at this stage a Customs Official may ask to search your car.
Proceed to the Mozambique border post


At Mozambique Border:
You will receive a gate pass on entering Mozambique, make sure that you obey the directions and signals of the border officers and that you stop or park where they show you. Proceed to the immigration building.

Do NOT to let the locals, help you, with the paperwork. Customs officials are not allowed to receive money, but helpers are, so they work together.
This means that together they will go through your belongings, to find something, to make you pay for, where as the customs officials on his own is less likely to go through your belongings.



Do not use the private individual people alongside the road. Not only is this illegal but you stand a good chance of being ripped off.


All passengers plus the driver must personally go through passport control at the immigration desk on the right as you walk in. in order to be allowed to enter Mozambique.

You will have to pay R17.50 cash, per passport request a receipt.
The driver will take the gate pass and temporary export permit to the customs desk across the room get them stamped and pay road tax MTn 26.50 (+- R7.00) at the Vehicle Registration desk (Rands not accepted). You must have 3rd party insurance and road tax paid, this is R160,00 per vehicle.


Normal cameras and personal goods do not need to be declared, although if you are uncertain, ask.
If you are taking anything of high value or electronic equipment through. declare the items.
Items like laptops must be declared AND TAKE NOTE, fill in a separate form for each person. I have had an experience where I entered Mozambique with a friend and we declared our two laptops on one form. I exited 3 days before my friend from Kosi Bay border post,with no problem and he exited from Ressano Garcia 3 days later. When he went through customs they asked him where the other laptop was and no amount of explanations sufficed.
They stated that he had sold the other laptop and was liable for R5000,00 duty. It cost him a bribe of R100,00 to avoid this blatant manipulation and threat.


Very important -make sure that you have your 3rd party insurance.
Exit the building and find a customs official, usually dressed in a blue uniform, with orange pull-over, he will check your vehicle to see that no forbidden goods or plants are being brought into Mozambique.

He will sign your gate pass which you hand to the officer at the gate, who will then allow you through into Mozambique.

Note: You may be stopped for a control inspection along the N4.


Should travellers encounter difficulties with traffic police or other authorities en route to their destinations, particularly if these officers are attempting to illicit bribes or are threatening, you are advised to do the following:

  • Be as cooperative as possible but Don’t let the police keep your driver’s license
  • Insist on a written or officially printed fine
  • Don’t pay the fine to the police officer, but take it to the nearest police station for payment and get an official receipt; stamped if possible.
  • If the police/traffic officers request a bribe, ensure that you take the name of the officer, and ensure that the location and time of the road block is noted. Without this information there can be no recourse.
  • Do not pay the bribe!
  • If in Mozambique, report this to the SA High Commission or pass it on to MCLI to take up
  • If police insist on escorting you to the nearest police station, or if you are unsure of the legitimacy of the charge, (the escort may often not be the closest police station) call the SA High Commission in Maputo on +258 21 49 0059/3030 or their after hours duty officer on +258 84 304 4600 for advice.
  • If in South Africa, the same principles apply and incidents should be reported to the Mpumalanga Traffic Department on their hotline 0800 202775





1. South Africa - SAPS and Customs

  • Driver to present a certified copy of the Certificate of registration in respect of Motor Vehicle. If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle, a Letter of Authority from the title holder/owner of the vehicle will be required.
  • Customs will issue a gate pass and proceed to the parking and go to 2


2. South African - Customs

  • Declare all goods in your vehicles.
  • All commercial foods to be declared through clearing agents at Lebombo Customs Clearance centre (KM7).
  • Please register all your valuables and the vehicle at 2.
  • Declare you vehicles and identifiable valuable such Cameras; Laptop, etc.
  • Driver/clearing agent to collect SAD documents at the commercial counter.
  • Tourist and foreign visitors to submit their invoices to stamp for Vat refund purpose. Vat refund can only be processed after going through Mozambican border formalities
  • Collect your processed documents and gate pass and proceed to 3.


3. South Africa – Immigration (DHA) counters

  • All travellers to carry a valid travel document/passport.
  • Immigration will validate and process the travelling document and stamp both the passport and the gate pass.
  • Please collect your processed passport / travel document and the gate pass
  • Non Vat Refund claimers proceed to their vehicles and drive to check point 5.

NB. Please check with your embassy or immigration if you require a Visa to travel to Mozambique.

4. South Africa - VAT Refund Administrations (VRA)

  • Tourist and foreign visitors to South Africa may make application for a refund of VAT paid with the VAT administrator.
  • VRA will charge a commission for the refund services performed.
  • The goods must also be declared to the customs authority in the country to which the goods are exported in accordance with that country’s customs and excise formalities

NB. Vat Refund to be submitted to Vat Refund Office ( 4) within 90 days from the date of declaration and exportation.

5. South Africa - SAPS, Custom; Immigration

  • Subject to search by all (SAPS, Custom; Immigration)
  • Hand in your gate pass and proceed to check point 6.


6. Mozambique Check point Customs/Alfandega

  • Alfadenga to issue a gate pass.

  • Subject to search by Alfandega

  • Proceed to 7


7. Mozambique Border Police / Guarda Fronteira Policia

  • No travellers will be allowed to cross without a valid passport.

  • Subject to search by the police.

  • Proceeed to 8


8. Mozambique immigration

  • All travellers to carry a valid travel document/Passport.

  • Immigration will validate and process the travelling document and stamp both the passport and the gate pass.

  • Please collect your processed passport / travel document and the gate pass.


NB Please check with your embassy or Mozambique Immigration if you require a Visa to travel to Mozambique.

  • Proceed to 9


9. Mozambique customs counters

  • Declare all goods in your vehicles

  • Pay all the duties at Taxes due to Customs. NB Your declaration documents will be used as proof to claim VAT refund in South Africa.

  • Proceed to 10 (Mozambique Department of Health) and 11 (Mozambique Department of Agriculture). 10 and 11 to regulate and control movement of people and goods and animals.

  • Please insure that your vehicles has third partY insurance from 12 before proceeding to the Check point 13


13. Mozambique - Check point

  • Subject to search by all (Customs, Border Police, Agriculture and Health)

NB. Vat Refund may be claimed after going through customs border formalities in Mozambique


  • Hand in gatepass and enter Mozambique. Non- Mozambican residents remember the duration of your stay to avoid paying administration fines.

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