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In the last ten days, a total of 291 foreign visitors of various nationalities have arrived in the city of Nampula on their way to attend the Ilha de Mozambique’s 200-year anniversary of its elevation to city status.
In the same period in 2017, 166 foreign visitors were registered.
According to Flávia Maziquimbe, spokeswoman for the Nampula provincial migration board, 78 of the 291 foreigners who entered the province were granted border visas, against 20 last year.
Maziquimbe appeals to foreign visitors to comply in advance with all requirements imposed by the national migration law, in order to avoid complications at their point of entry. Such was not the case with five foreign nationals, four Ethiopians who arrived without a visa and one Somali who entered with a business visa supposedly issued by the Mozambican embassy in Dubai.
Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the authenticity of the visa, but preliminary information indicates that the document has been forged.
“As far as material and human resources are concerned, we are well prepared. We have strengthened our presence on the Island of Mozambique so that we can do our work and foreigners can celebrate without ignoring the legalities,” he said.
According to Maziquimbe, the peak of this migratory flow will be seen on Friday, with more foreign nationals, mostly British, Danes and South Africans, are expected to arrive.Source: Wamphula Fax