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Currency in Mozambique

Mozambique's currency is the Metical (MZN/MT/M, plural is Meticais). The country uses a combination of notes and coins. The coins are called centavos and there are 100 of them in a Metical.

ATM and Credit Cards in Maputo

In Maputo, ATMs are easy to find and will generally accept both international debit and credit cards. (Visa cards are the most widely accepted, Mastercard can be more difficult.) Most bank ATMs have limits on how much you can withdraw in a single transaction and over the course of the day. Limits vary between banks and particular ATMs.

Outside of the capital, ATMs are much more difficult to find and have a tendency to run out of cash. If traveling, it is wise to bring extra cash with you.

Most banks will charge a transaction fee for international withdrawals. Be sure to check with your bank at home to see if they have partnerships with any local Mozambican banks that might allow them to wave this fee. 

Exchanging Money in Mozambique

Money can be exchanged either at formal foreign exchange offices/banks, or on the street with moneychangers. Though the latter can give you a better rate, extreme caution must be exercised here as they are not regulated. Theft does occur. Some larger hotels will also change currencies.

Electronic Transfers to Mozambique

Western Union and Moneygram are located prominently throughout the country, and are the easiest and fasted way to transfer money.

It is also possible to do inter-bank transfers. From international locations, this route is often more expensive and complicated. That said, if you are transferring from a South African-based bank with a partner bank in Mozambique like FNB, it is much easier.

Open a Bank Account in Mozambique

In order to open a personal bank account in Mozambique, you will need to prove you are an official resident. This will include showing:

  • Your DIRE (resident's permit)
  • Your NUIT (tax ID)
  • Proof of residence
  • Your passport

You are able to choose from a number of commercial banks. The services they provide will range considerably, though most offer some form of internet and phone banking. Credit cards are not widely used or issued.

Keep in mind that withdrawing large amounts of currency out of your Mozambican bank account can prove to be difficult. It is smart to maintain a non-Mozambican bank account for lager sums of money.

Banks in Mozambique

The major banks operating in Mozambique include:

Update 15/06/2015



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