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Ressano Garcia border impossible due to unrest – 17 Nov 2023

Ressano Garcia border post impossible due to unrest – 17 Nov 2023

Ressano Garcia impossible: Very strange that mainstream reports nothing about the goings on underfoot in Mozambique. First the Renamo Demonstration in Maputo City. And then this bizarre warning issued by the United States Embassy in Maputo.

Did the border actually shut down?

Turns out there was unrest. Here is a solid source…

South African export route to Mozambique N4 shut as violence erupts – Watch | Club of Mozambique

Taxi violence involving truckers, marshalls and queues.

Here is the official release from the U.S. Embassy…

Location: Ressano Garcia/Lebombo Border

Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of the November 17 shutdown of the Mozambican-South African land border, Ressano Garcia/Lebombo due to civil unrest.  Travelers seeking to enter or exit Mozambique via land are encouraged to redirect to other border crossings, such as the Ponta do Ouro/Kosi Bay crossing until the unrest dissipates.

Actions To Take: 

Monitor local media for updates and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities.  

Avoid large crowds. 

Be aware of your surroundings. 

Maintain a low profile. 

Carry proper identification. 

Review your personal security plans. 

Keep your cell phone charged in case of emergency. 

Have a contingency plan for emergencies and review the Traveler’s Checklist 

U.S. Embassy Maputo 
(+258) 84-095-8000 

State Department – Consular Affairs 
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 

Mozambique Specific Information 

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts 
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It’s a terrible border post to be stuck at. Especially the South African side. The Mozambican side is one big party. Both sides have smorgasbords of dark elements. Border towns are only for some people.

The border at Kosi Bay / Ponto D ‘Ouro is far more suited to normal travellers. There are other far more fun borders to the north too. Going through the Kruger Park and into Mozambique is for real hardcore folk.

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