Angola Travel Information
Angolan authorities have stated that all air traffic
in and out of the country (commercial and private) will
be suspended from March 20, 2020 at 00.00 and 14 days
ahead, with the possibility of extension. For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
Most trips to Angola are made without special
problems. The greatest risk is related to transport
safety, but it seems that visitors are exposed to
violence and crime. Especially at night time one should
take their precautions. More recently, there has been an
increase in crime, especially in Luanda, where robberies
with fatalities have occurred. Most of these robberies
have occurred in connection with major bank withdrawals.
It is encouraged to exercise extra caution when
withdrawing cash and otherwise be aware of the
surroundings if one is out and about. No travel advice
has been drawn up for Angola. The risk of terrorist
incidents in Angola is considered low.
- Countryaah: Luanda is the capital
of Angola. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
It is the Norwegian embassy in Luanda. One should be
aware that Angola is a large country where
infrastructure is limited in many places. This means
that the embassy's ability to assist the consular
quickly will only be in central areas. Unfortunately, it
will take some time before the embassy will be able to
follow up consular matters that may occur in remote
parts of the country.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Angola is
Crime and violence: Most people who
come to Angola do so for business purposes, and travel
is often limited to the coastal cities of Luanda, Lobito
and Benguela. Normally, during these days you will be
able to move safely in these cities if you stay in
well-traveled city center streets and avoid slums. It is
recommended that you do not wear expensive jewelry,
watches and the like that can attract attention. Still,
it will always be the case that one can be unlucky and
stay in the wrong place at the wrong time. You sometimes
hear about violence and crime directed at foreigners and
you should take precautions. It is recommended to
withdraw cash from an ATM inside a hotel rather than
from an outside street.
It is considered safe to walk and walk along the
Marginalen (sea promenade) in Luanda.
Many employ drivers and utilize travel time to work.
It has happened that cars that are stuck in line have
been subjected to crime - windows knocked in and robbers
taken PCs and other valuables. Car-jackings also occur
from time to time.
In the evening you should use a car for traffic in
the cities. Night time driving should be avoided if
possible. Driving outside the cities should be avoided
At Ilha do Cabo in Luanda, you are particularly
vulnerable to assault and robbery if you do not have a
driver at night and at night, but have to walk from a
night out to a parked car a short distance away.
Similarly, walking between restaurants and night spots
on Ilha do Cabo is not recommended after dark.
In the enclave Cabinda, the situation is sometimes
confusing and tense, especially outside Cabinda city.
Militant rebels are fighting for Cabinda province
independence. Foreigners have also inadvertently been
subjected to acts of violence, including kidnapping of
ransom. Service and commodity access will be limited in
In the diamond-producing province of Lunda Norte,
visits by foreigners can cause tension. Security forces
working to remove illegal diamond extraction may be
suspicious of visitors. Diamond production makes the
area more prone to crime than other provinces. Visitors
may be asked to document why they are staying in Lunda
Norte. Service and commodity access will be limited in
The traffic picture in Angola can be perceived as
intense. Traffic accidents occur frequently. In Luanda
and the suburbs, traffic is often crowded with long
queues, especially on the stretch between Luanda city
center and Talatona during rush hour. On the road, the
traffic picture is also complicated. The traffic is
often jerky and you should watch out for dangerous
Several foreign companies require their foreign
employees to use drivers. The embassy's employees run
You should avoid driving evening and night time
outside the city center, partly because the roads are
poorly lit. On weekends, special attention should also
be paid to drivers who drive in a drunken state. The
risk of being hit as a pedestrian is considerable.
The locals mostly make use of blue-white minibuses.
These are run fast and dangerous and are often involved
in traffic accidents, and the embassy advises visitors
not to use them. In the cities, there has gradually
become better access to ordinary taxis which appear to
be serious and according to conditions safe.
Taxi from Luanda airport works fine but it is
recommended to call for taxi on arrival. There are
mostly taxis on the outside, but these will usually have
a much higher price since they often do not belong to
one of the more serious taxi companies. (Allo Taxi or
There is rarely any political turmoil or
demonstrations in Angola and the number of participants
is often low. Still, the police can crack down on
demonstrations so that they can escalate and become
violent. Therefore, areas where demonstrations must be
avoided or listed.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens need a visa to stay in Angola. It
is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that travel
documents, visas and vaccination cards are valid.
Angolan authorities have promised general visa
freedom for Norwegian citizens, but this has not yet
been implemented. At present, visas can be applied both
through the Angolan Embassy in Stockholm and online. It
must be calculated somewhat longer when applying through
the embassy, as the passport must be sent to
Stockholm. If you apply online, you will receive answers
within e-four days, and you do not have to send your
passport. However, there may be some waiting at the visa
office upon arrival at Luanda. It costs 1900 SEK to
apply for a visa through Stockholm and 120 USD online.
The latter is payable in cash on arrival. It is
recommended to have the exact sum.
There are different types of visas, such as tourist
and business. It is up to each individual traveler to
choose the right type of visa, but if you apply online
you will only be able to obtain a tourist visa. Angolan
authorities have confirmed that tourist visas applied
for online can also be used for business travel.
However, if you stay longer than 90 days in the country,
you must contact the Angolan authorities.
The passport must be valid for at least six months
from the end of your stay in Angola. Visitors must have
a valid yellow bear certificate.
It is not possible to enter Angola by emergency
If you overstay a visa, or in other ways violate the
conditions for granted a visa, you will receive daily
The Foreign Service is not responsible for
information on entry regulations or visa requirements.
For general visa matters, the Angolan Embassy in
Stockholm can be contacted: Phone: +46 82 42 890,
E-mail: [email protected] or
Coronavirus (covid-19): Coronavirus
has been detected in Angola. Norwegian travelers should
keep abreast of the development of the corona virus.
Feel free to follow local authorities' advice, guidance
and instructions on how to deal with the situation.
Everyone who arrives at airports in Angola will have
their body temperature measured, as well as having to
disinfect their hands with antibac.
According to the Angolan Ministry of Health, anyone
arriving from China, South Korea, Iran and Italy,
Portugal and Spain will be placed on a 14-day quarantine
upon arrival. The same could be the case if you come
from an outbreak country or arrive in the country with
symptoms such as fever and cough. Quarantine is not
voluntary, if you do not comply with the authorities'
requirements you may be sent by first flight back to
your departure destination.
Angolan authorities have declared that all air
traffic in and out of the country (commercial and
private) will be suspended from March 20, 2020 at 00.00
and 14 days ahead in time, with the possibility of
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create
travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is
the Public Health Institute that provides health advice.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The standard and quality of health services, clinics
and hospitals are varied and often low. The public
offering is academically weak and poorly equipped. For
visitors, it is strongly recommended to use the private
offer. Even at private clinics and hospitals, the staff
only speak Portuguese, with a few exceptions. The
medical supply outside Luanda is weak and partly
non-existent. Evacuation to South Africa or Europe in
case of serious accidents, operations and births is
common. A comprehensive and good health insurance is
Yellow vaccine book with valid yellow fever vaccine
is required upon entry and must be submitted with the
visa application. Malaria, dengue, cholera and other
tropical diseases are widespread, as are tuberculosis.
In the capital there are some hospitals and medical
centers that hold a certain standard. Payment for the
services is high and must be made before treatment is
given. If you need local treatment, you can contact the
following clinics, among others:
- Climed Services of the South, Alameda do
Principe Real 65, Luanda Tel +244 222 4435142
- Clinica Girassol, Rua Comandante Gika 225,
Luanda. Tel +244 226 698 415
- Cl®™nica Sagrada Esperança, Av. Murtala Mohammed,
Luanda Tel +244 222 014 571
Angola is a country where malaria is widespread. The
same goes for tuberculosis. Seek medical advice well in
advance of departure. Reference is made to the Norwegian
Institute of Public Health for official health
professional travel advice and health professional
guidance to Norwegians when traveling abroad.
Most people who travel to Angola will find that their
stay goes smoothly without sacrificing the great
practical challenges. There is no time difference
between Angola and Norway, with the exception of the
summer time period in Norway.
Electricity: 220 volts and you use the same outlet as
National phone code is +244. The telephone network is
relatively stable, but at times overloaded, often with
the result that calls do not go through or text messages
do not appear.
The coin value in Angola is kwanza (AOA).
Credit cards are increasingly common in cities,
especially at larger hotels and restaurants, but one
should always be prepared to pay cash, even in Luanda.
You can withdraw cash from an ATM, but be careful if you
withdraw money at street level.
Normal opening hours: Banks are open from 08:00 to
15:00. Shops are often open until 18:00 or 19:00. Some
are closed between 12:00 and 14:30. Most shops are
closed on Sunday, with the exception of larger grocery
stores and shopping centers
National holidays are January 1, January 4, February
4, March 8, April 4, May 1, May 25, June 1, September
17, November 2, November 11, December 24, December 25,
It is forbidden to photograph military facilities and
their surroundings. Also, be reluctant to photograph
even civilian public buildings. It is also true that
many Angolans dislike being photographed and can be
severely annoyed if you take pictures without asking for
permission in advance.
Always carry a passport, or a copy of the passport
with you. Foreigners must be able to identify themselves
on request. You can risk fines if you do not have valid
Upon departure, there is compulsory control of