MAPUTO, The Mozambican government announced on Wednesday that with immediate effect, a further 18 border posts have been authorized to issue frontier visas, in addition to the 26 border posts which have been issuing frontier visas since 2005.

This leaves only 14 border posts that are not authorized to issue visas. This is largely a matter of obtaining the appropriate equipment, since the visas are biometric.

The decision was taken by the Ministry of the Interior as part of the government’s efforts to facilitate the entry of tourists and follows a recent meeting chaired by President Filipe Nyusi which discussed the adoption of measures to make Mozambique more appealing to tourists, to attract foreign currency and to create jobs.

Tourism is one of the areas chosen by the government to drive the country’s economic development, and it will be much easier for tourists to enter if they can obtain their visas at the border, rather than queuing up at embassies or consulates.

“The border posts that are able to issue the frontier visa are determined by the Minister of the Interior, through a specific legal diploma. Up until yesterday (Tuesday), we had 26 border posts that could issue this visa, distributed among the 11 provinces. Now there are a further 18,” said Joaquim Bule, the adviser to the Minister.

The frontier visa is the only type of visa that can be issued in Mozambique, rather than at an embassy or consulate. It is valid for 30 days and costs 2,000 meticais (about 29 US dollars).

Bule said this is one of a series of measures the government is planning to encourage tourism and business. The measures will imply revising the current regulations on the legal status of foreign citizens, in a bid to attract large scale investors, as well as tourists.