Ressano Garcia Border Post | Customs and Immigration



Last Visited: about 1 year ago
GPS: -25.448730, 31.989400
Altitude: 0.0 masl


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Border between South Africa (Kamatipoort) and Mozambique


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Mozambique to South Africa:
[RSA registered vehicle and citizens]
Mozambique side:
1) Stamp out passport
2) Process CIP

RSA side:
1) Temperature check
2) Fill out immigration form
3) Provided certified copy of passport
4) Stamp passport and immigration officer makes note of vehicle registration number on system as being back in the country.
[NOTE: crossing border at date of this check-in was only permitted through prior arranged Embassy approval of said countries].

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The same experience as previously reported. All procedures took one hour.
Apply for the Visa (right hand side in the Building or ask an official), get your entry stamp at the counter for immigration (in the middle) and your CDP (counter left hand side).
For the visa a confirmation of hotel booking can be required. We were not asked for. We just gave them the adress where we want to stay.
Cost for visa R750 or $50 pP.

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Mozambique visa costs either: 3050 MZN, 750 ZAR, 45 EUR, or 50 USD.

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We don‘t know why so many people had problems here. We came with really bad expectations, but it worked well. 1 h. Maybe the fastest and best border we had ever. Maybe we were just lucky. But what we want to say: everybody has different perceptions and normally we are very unpatience. Just let it come to you!

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A busy border, but we had no hassle, just be prepared to wait... if crossing over lunch time, lunch breaks may take priority over your visa process! Don't hand over any of your documents to the guys outside, everything is done inside - if you speak a little Portuguese, it will definitely help you!

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Just crossed here on the Greyhound bus. It went pretty smoothly, but I recommend getting your visa beforehand in South Africa and it will be better.
You go to the South Africa gate get stamped out. If you already have a visa, you walk down the hall and Mozambique stamps you in, no problem. If you need a visa, you need to walk about 1km down the road to a little shack and apply for the visa here. It only takes about ten minutes if there is no queue. Hut our Greyhound bus driver was not happy and threatened to leave without us and I think he would, we had to plead with him.
Paid $50 per person for visas, all immigration people we dealt with were very nice and friendly and helpful. The real immigration people wear light blue uniforms that say "Migracao" on them.
They have us our passports and visas and I started to walk away, but then checked my passport and realized they did not give an entry stamp. So I went back and he stamped it. This seems intentional and then on the way out they extort you for entering illegally, so just check you have the visa AND the entry stamp.

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The people who use this app are the overlanders, right... we’re used to border crossings and this border can be busy, but use the knowledge from previous border crossings and you’ll be fine!

Mozambique site: Yes, there are a lot of guys around you at the moment you step out of the car. If you don’t want them to help you, just say it once and ignore them.
Get your passport stamped, fill in the T.I.P. If you don’t use a Carnet (stay strict at this moment, because this is where the guys want to help you. And want money after helping you to fill in the form.) And get a stamp on this little form, they give it to you between the two borders. This is your exit pass.

Go to one of the offices next to the road to get your 3th party insurance. We paid this time in Rand, was much cheaper. The rates are hanging inside the office.

Enjoy your stay in Mozambique 🌴 we love it!

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Exit SA into Moz on EU passports and carnet in 1,5 hours. Drive up to the building and everything is handled inside by friendly officials. We paid R750 pp for visa

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Hell what a nightmare. This borderpost is a disgrace to the people of Mozambique. Getting out of South Africa is easy and professional but as soon as one gets over the border...
Some tips:
Do not stop for anyone unless he or she is clearly an official
Drive to the building
Park your car
Ignore everyone
Go into the building
Get your visa or stamp
Import your car or stamp your carnet
Get out
Get your third party insurance which costs about 1500 meticals
Drive away

We got stopped by people and trapped into offices etc etc. Being fooled is OK but being robbed is different.
People of Mozambique, this is wrong. Stop this robbery

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Just an advice for those who want to stay more than one month!!

If you want to stay more than 30 days in Mozambique it’ better to get your visa in the Consulate in Nelspruit.

At the border they only issue “visto de fronteira” (border visa) that you can extend for another 30 days ONLY AT THE BORDER. So, you must exit the country and entry again with an extension, but cannot extend it in the Immigration Office.

So, if you want to avoid exiting to get another 30 days, it’s better to get the visa in Nelspruit. It’s a little bit more expensive, but worth it.

[Spanish passports]

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Warning for crossing border at Komatipoort / Ressano Garcia

When you arrive on the Moz side, a crowd of guys will run around you. Some may look ‘official’ with name tag, lanyard and hats. They are NOT border staff, they are scammers. Ignore them. DO NOT hand over any documents ( they will ask for passports) to any of them, no matter how pressing, demanding and official they look. They will scam you out of a LOT of money before you get back your docs!
The only person at the Moz border asking for your passport is at the Immigration desk.

Process: all is within one building. Do immigration first then go to Customs for the Carnet or TIP. There is now a new road tax that has to be paid. For that you need to show Mozambique insurance for your vehicle. Rather than dealing with more scammers, you can buy it online and safely in advance. For that consult the Facebook group DriveMoz as well as their website. It is full of info and you can buy insurance via them or some place they recommend. ( as benchmark we paid for our motorcycles 10USD at the Mulanje border early August 2018).

Consult latest security update on the border and anything about Moz through them. It is very useful group and website. They will be aware of latest scams.

Note also that dealing with the money changers at the border is illegal and may get YOU into trouble with the law and accused of money laundering with a heavy fine! Officials and cops there don’t pay attention to the scammers and are probably getting their cut on that, so don’t rely on them.

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Busy on this saturday. We went from SA to Moz.
At Moz side many fixers, but if you kindly tell them that you don't need them, it is no hassle.
Visa can be bought here for $50. Pass stamped and TIP and/or Carnet stamped all in same building. People where friendly and helpfull.
Outside you can buy insurance and simcard. Simcart Vodacom M50 and 2 gig data for 30 days is M200. So that is cheap. There is an ATM where you can get max M5000 with your card. (visa-master)
When we drove out of Moz border we are not asked about any car insurance.

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From SA to MOZ with EU passports (total duration 1 hour):

Exiting South Africa is always easy and well organized. Go in the building and stamp your passport. Our motorcycles are South African, therefore no need for customs.

Entering Mozambique:
Get the gate slip from the police when entering, and continue towards the building. Be aware of the many aggressive fixers approaching you. They told us they were officials and needed our gate slips. Do not give them those as they want money in return.

We bought third party insurance valid for all the SADC-countries from Hollards. R140 for 30 days. They were professional, accepts credit cards and can guide you to the next steps. No COMESA insurance office at this border.

Enter the building and approach the customs desk on the left, ask for the TIP papers and fill the form out (easy). Then get it stamped by the official behind the bars.

Turn around and you'll see the immigration desk. Most passports gets the visa on arrival. Hand in your passport and pay the fee. We paid R850 for 30 day visa, they also accept dollars and you can get transit visas only valid for 7 days slightly cheaper.

Now get your gate slip signed by the police outside of the building, then hand it in while leaving the border area.

Be sure to have some ZAR, USD or MZT for the tollgates, the first one from the border is 163 MZT. No credit cards.

Enjoy the friendly people of Moz, but be careful to always check for the correct change everywhere.

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We left Mozambique from here, pretty aggressive fixers around which you absolutely don't need. The guy who signs the TIP you got when you entered the country is just walking outside, he signed our papers and then wanted to 'help' us getting the passport stamped. He said this costs money, so I told him no and left. Strange even the official workers asking for money on this border, if you have the chance just go through Swaziland much more nice and quiet border..

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Exiting Mozambique; first carnet stamped out (no fees) than in line for passport stamp. Quick and easy! Avoid the runners!

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Exiting Souh Africa: Very easy, just a stamp in the passport and in our Carnet de Passage en douane (German registration vehicle). No exit fees.

Entering Mozambique with Swiss and German passport : we already had our Visa (Embassy in Durban). They stamped our passport and Carnet. No extra fees.

Compulsory Third Party insurance: There are different companies right in front of immigration. 30 days : 660 Metical, 220 Rand or 20 USD. It is much cheaper to pay in Metical. (exchange rate for changing money at the border was 1 Rand=5 Metical).

There was some guys willing to help (for a fee), but everything is so easy there is really no need.

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Border between South Africa (Kamatipoort) and Mozambique

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