Earlier this month, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi indicated that Portugal could become one of the countries whose citizens were exempt from visa requirements to enter Mozambique.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa after the opening ceremony of the investment forum between the two countries in Marracuene, north of Maputo, Nyusi said: “We are drawing up a list of countries that will have visa waivers and I hope Portugal will be among them.”
Last month, Nyusi announced measures to boost the Mozambican economy, including relaxing visa requirements to bring more tourists from countries where the threat of organised crime is low.
But he said the visa waiver schemes wouldn’t necessarily be reciprocal.
Costa said his government had approved a regulation that would facilitate entry to Portugal of citizens of members of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP). “As soon as this decree is promulgated and is in force, then requests for visas from citizens of CPLP member states, including Mozambique, will immediately be accepted, as long as there is no order banning or expelling the person in question.”
Costa said this meant that in “99,9%” of cases, visas would be granted automatically to citizens from CPLP member countries.