The Metical (plural Meticais)is the official currency of Mozambique. It is abbreviated at MZN, MTC or MT. 1 Metical is made up of 100 centavos. The Metical comes in notes of MT20, MT50, MT100, MT200, MT500 and MT1,000. Coins are issued in 1c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, MT1, MT2, MT5 and MT10.
In southern Mozambique most lodges, hotels, adventure centres and larger restaurants and tourist shops will display prices in South African Rand or US$, and you can use these currencies readily. The smaller shops and vendors may only accept Meticais, so it is good to carry some of each.
In central and northern Mozambique the South African Rand is unlikely to be accepted and prices will be quoted in US$ or Metacais.
Note if you are using US$ they must be recent (no older than 8 years) and preferably in good condition.
ATM/cash point machines are available in most towns, and main airports. Credit card usage is limited and more in the larger establishments and lodges/resorts. The best card to use in Mozambique is VISA, although more places in Maputo and large towns are accepting Mastercard now. We do not recommend American Express or Diners.