Does COVID-19 have any impact on my relationship with the Public Administration (namely as pertains to meeting deadlines or observing any formalities)? To what extent?

In broad terms, the consequences of COVID-19 on relations between private individuals may also, with certain adaptations, be extrapolated to the relationship between individuals and the Public Administration, notably and always subject to a case-by-case analysis:

  • qualification as a "force majeure" event, as grounds for not complying, in whole or in part, with obligations provided for in an administrative contract, in particular with regard to deadlines (depending on what the contract specifically provides for and provided that a causal link between the illness and the impossibility of meeting deadlines is evidenced, as well as the impossibility or unenforceability of taking alternative measures, or their insufficiency, and always without prejudice to the counterparty's duty to inform);
  • claiming the occurrence of an abnormal and unforeseeable change in circumstances as grounds for amending the contract and/or restoring the financial balance;
  • claiming a "justifiable reason" as grounds for excusable non-compliance with deadlines before the Public Administration (or, at least, as a ground for requesting an extension of the deadline). 

With the transition to the state of public calamity, the issuing of the following official documents was resumed:

(a) Identity Card;
(b) Driving license;
(c) Passport;
(d) Identification and Residence Document for Foreigners and temporary visas; and
(e) Car import clearance certificate.

It was also established that the documents above, when expired, can be renewed until 30 September 2020.

Furthermore, while the pending the situation of public calamity, the visa waiver agreements between the Mozambican State and other States remain valid, on a reciprocal basis.

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This information is being updated on a regular basis.

All information contained herein and all opinions expressed are of a general nature and are not intended to substitute recourse to expert legal advice for the resolution of real cases.