2.3.4 Mozambique Land Border Crossing of Ressano Garcia


This is the main border post between South Africa and Mozambique and it serves the Maputo Corridor.  It is heavily trafficked with light vehicles (up to 6,000 per day) with people on business travels as far away as Gauteng, and/or tourists coming for the beaches in Mozambique, scenic drives and game viewing in South Africa (Kruger Park). It has also plenty of buses and trucks crossing the border (up to 400 trucks per day) mainly to/from the Port of Maputo, and also serves railway traffic.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Mozambique: Ressano Garcia
South Africa: Lebombo

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Ressano Garcia, 0 km





Managing Authority / Agency


Contact Person



Travel Times

Nearest International Airport


Distance 95.5 km

Truck Travel Time: 5’00’’

Car Travel time: 1’45’’

Nearest Port


Distance 93.2 km

Truck Travel Time: 5’00’’

Car Travel time: 1’35’’

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets,

or with significant manufacturing or production capacity


Distance 81.3 km

Truck Travel Time: 4’30’’

Car Travel time: 1’20’’

Other Information


There are fuel stations nearby.

There is a weighbridge before reaching Matola.

There is a separate route for heavy vehicles.

Hours of Operation


06:00 – 24:00


06:00 – 24:00


06:00 – 24:00


06:00 – 24:00


06:00 – 24:00


06:00 – 24:00


06:00 – 24:00

National Holidays

06:00 – 24:00

Seasonal Constraints



Daily Capacity

The border has plenty of capacity, but during peak holiday periods and long weekends extensive delays occur even with separation of heavy and light traffic.

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