2.3.12 Mozambique Land Border Crossing of Zobue

2.3.12 Mozambique Land Border Crossing of Zobue


This border post is situated on the Tete Corridor, approximately 118 km from Tete, and is the principal entry point when travelling between Malawi and Mozambique. This border post point is on the Mozambique side.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Mozambique: Zobue
Malawi: Mwanza

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Tete, 127 km





Managing Authority / Agency


Contact Person



Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Blantyre, Malawi

Distance 113 km

Truck Travel Time: 4’00’’

Car Travel time: 2’00’’

Nearest Port

Beira, Mozambique

Distance 713 km

Truck Travel Time: 18’00’’

Car Travel time: 11’00’’

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets,

or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Mwanza, Malawi

Distance 11 km

Truck Travel Time: 1’00’’

Car Travel time: 00’15’’

Other Information

Fuel availability is good.

Hours of Operation


07:00 – 17:00


07:00 – 17:00


07:00 – 17:00


07:00 – 17:00


07:00 – 17:00


07:00 – 17:00


07:00 – 17:00

National Holidays

07:00 – 17:00

Seasonal Constraints



Daily Capacity

The border has a good capacity and functions well.  However, being on the busy Tete Corridor that links Malawi with Zimbabwe and South Africa, delays occur if an increased number of trucks crossing the border.

Customs Clearance

Border & Vehicle Requirements:

  • A valid passport with more than 6 months remaining until expiry date. Citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe do not require visas, but all other nationalities require holiday visas (which can be obtained from the border) to get into Mozambique.
  • A valid driver's license for the driver.
  • Vehicle & boat registration documents.
  • Temporary import permits are compulsory for vehicles & must be filled in at the border.
  • A Compulsory Third-Party Liability insurance certificate (valid for 30 days from the date issued which can be obtained at the border) per vehicle & per towed application.
  • A "Declaration of entry of foreign currency" must be collected and completed at the customs desk if carrying over USD 5,000 in cash.
  • For vehicles longer than 6 meters, reflectors on the front and rear of your vehicle are required.
  • Each vehicle must have the 2 red reflective triangles & 2 reflective vests.
  • No drugs, firearms or explosive materials can be brought in Mozambique.

For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information

Other Relevant Information

Border & Vehicle Costs (prices are subject to change):

  • Third-party insurance (available at the border) is compulsory – USD 11 per vehicle and USD 6 per Trailer.
  • Temporary import permit for vehicles and any towed trailer – USD 0.75 each.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List