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The State of Emergency in Mozambique was extended until July 29, 2020, due to the impact of the COVID 19 in the country.

The main difference between the new law and the former resides in the change between the formerly established prohibition to the newly decided limitation regarding the issuance of entry visas and the possibility of organisation of cultural, political, religious, and sporting events. As stated from now on, these activities are only limited.

However, the rules concerning the entry and exit of the country still establish the partial closure of the borders, except for State matters, humanitarian support, health purposes, and cargo transportation.

The limitation period, as well as the procedural and administrative periods, including disciplinary proceedings, remain suspended and it is still mandatory a 14 to 21 days domestic quarantine for those who had been in places with active COVID 19 cases or had contact with positive COVID 19 cases. This means the new law does not bring changes in these matters.

This law will in the next few days be regulated by the Council of Ministers’ with more details arising at that moment.

Article by Duarte Marques da Cruz

Duarte Marques da Cruz is partner of the Portuguese law firm MC&A, specialized in international business advisory, with a special focus in Lusophone markets. With extensive experience in the Energy sector (Renewables and Oil & Gas) and in International Taxation, he has supported international companies in major upstream, midstream transactions and projects, including in implementing, exploration and development programs. Duarte has also supported international clients in other areas of practice, namely, Mining, Transport & Logistics, Regulatory Compliance and Mergers & Acquisitions in Mozambique, Angola and Portugal.



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