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Angola
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Republic of Angola

Last Updated: December 13, 2016

Embassy Messages

Luanda

 

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Luanda

Rua Houari Boumedienne #32
Miramar, Luanda
Angola

  • Telephone+(244) 222-64-1000
    +(244) 946-44-0977 
    +(244) 946-44-0982
    +(244) 946-44-0983
    +(244) 946-44-0987
  • Emergency After-Hours Telephone +(244) 222-641-000
    +(244) 923-64-0154
    +(244) 222-64-1000
  • Fax +(244) 222-64-1232
  • Email consularluanda@state.gov
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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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6 months from date of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Yes

VACCINATIONS:

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Yellow fever 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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Declare amounts over $10,000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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50,000 kwanzas + $10,000

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U.S. Embassy Luanda

Rua Houari Boumedienne #32
Miramar, Luanda
Angola

Telephone: +(244)  946-64-1000
                   +(244) 946-44-0977
                   +(244) 946-44-0982
                   +(224) 946-44-0983
                   +(244) 946-44-0987

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(244) 222-64-1000
                                                        +(244) 923-64-0154

Fax: (244) 222-64-1232

See our Fact Sheet on Angola for information on U.S. - Angola relations. 

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • World Health Organization (WHO) card with yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination at the airport is available for a fee.

Obtain your visa before traveling. Visit the Embassy of Angola’s website for the most current visa information. You can also apply online. Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Angolan Embassy or Consulate. Allow several weeks for visa processing. If you are traveling with minor children to Angola via South Africa, be aware additional documentation is required.

Arrange reliable and secure ground transportation from the airport in advance.

Immigration and customs officials at the airport have detained foreigners without cause and demanded gratuities before allowing them to enter or depart Angola. If harassed at a port of entry, ask to speak with the U.S. Embassy/Airport supervisor et al.

Currency Regulations: Anything over $10,000 must be declared but you may enter with up to $15,000. Non-residents can leave with the equivalent of $10,000 in foreign currency and residents with $15,000. Non-residents and residents and may also take out 50,000 kwanzas ($300). Expect to be searched at the airport and any amount over those limits to be confiscated.

HIV/AIDS restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Angola.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

 

Landmines are a risk throughout the country outside major cities.

Cabinda City: Murders, kidnappings and sexual assaults targeting foreigners have occurred in years past. And while a heavy security presence now remains in the region, militant groups have indicated their intention to continue to conduct attacks on foreigners and occasionally attack police and Angolan Armed Forces convoys and outposts.

Lunda North and South: These diamond-producing provinces have the potential for civil unrest and crime. There have been reports of violent incidents against foreigners who require official permission and documentation from the government of Angola to travel there. Failure to meet these requirements may result in detention.

  • Refrain from travel to Cabinda, Lunda Norte, and Lunda Sul.
  • Maintain caution at large gatherings and areas frequented by foreigners, including stadiums, markets, hotels, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and places of worship.
  • Monitor local news broadcasts and consular messages.

Crime: Armed assailants have killed some victims of muggings, robberies, and car-jackings which occur frequently in all areas of the country. Two Portuguese citizens were murdered in Viana in 2016 and kidnappers held several foreigners near Luanda. Armed assailants stormed a bakery stealing money and in another an armed group raided a police station releasing prisoners and shooting two officers. Vehicle thefts, purse snatching, and theft from vehicles occur in areas frequented by foreigners.

  • Avoid walking alone, especially after dark, and displaying cash and valuable personal property.
  • Vary your routes and travel times and let someone know your daily routine.
  • Dress conservatively. 
  • Drive with doors and windows locked.
  • Keep valuables out of sight and do not use cell phones or laptops while in stopped in traffic; bandits often brandishing guns use smash and grab tactics to steal valuables.
  • Travel with a certified copy of your U.S. passport and Angolan visa to prevent the originals from being taken. Keep original documents in a secure location.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Angola for police is 113; for firefighters: 115, and for ambulance services: 112. Emergency numbers listed may not have an English-speaking operator available.

Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

Due to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, victims of violent crime, especially rape, are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

Consult the CDC website for Angola prior to travel.

Medical facilities and services, including emergency care, are limited outside of Luanda and do not meet U.S. standards. In the capital some private clinics offer international standard medical care and 24 hour emergency services including ambulances. Find a list of facilities on our medical information web page. Local pharmacies provide a limited supply of medications.

Carry prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. Bring preventative and over-the-counter medicines. Check with the Embassy of Angola to verify your medications are legal before you travel.

You are responsible for all medical costs. U.S. Medicare does not cover you overseas. Most care providers expect payment in cash AOA/U.S. dollars before treatment is performed. Few facilities accept credit cards.

Medical Insurance: If your health insurance plan does not provide coverage overseas, we strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

The following diseases are prevalent:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

 

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws.  If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. You may be taken in for questioning by the police if unable to produce an acceptable form of identification or passport. Convictions for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs result in long prison sentences and heavy fines. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Photography: It is illegal to take pictures or use binoculars, maps, or GPS near government buildings, military installations, and key infrastructure. You could be fined, have your photographic equipment confiscated, and risk detention and arrest. Do not take photos of people without their permission.

Libel Laws/Slander: Disrespecting government officials is illegal and can lead to expulsion from the country. Angolan authorities confiscated the U.S. passports of a family for several weeks after they complained to immigration officials about the time it took to process their visas and passports at the airport.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Phone Service: Cellular phones are the norm, as landlines are non-existent. It is possible to purchase a SIM card locally and use a U.S.-compatible cell phone. The major cellular providers are Angola Telecom and Unitel.

Currency: The kwanza (AOA) is the official currency though U.S. dollars are accepted. Bills should be new and unblemished. ATMs dispense kwanzas only but frequently malfunction or run out of cash. Credit cards are accepted in a limited number of hotels and restaurants.

Currency Regulations:

  • Undeclared amounts over the equivalent of $10,000 - $15,000 may be seized.
  • Limits may change - verify with the Angolan Embassy or the National Bank. 
  • Declare in writing upon arrival to customs officials amounts in excess of $10,000.
  • Show your original declaration form to the airport customs officials to export currency over the $15,000 limit.
  • Obtain prior authorization from the National Bank to export currency over $15,000 that is acquired while in Angola.
  • Destruction of Kwanza notes is illegal.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Angola, although it is not socially acceptable. Same-sex couples have been harassed.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Major hotels have ramps. Persons with disabilities face limited access to transportation, public buildings, hotels, and communication accommodations. There are few sidewalks and no curb-cuts, and most buildings lack elevators.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Statistics on prosecutions for violence against women are not available. Most rape cases are not prosecuted. Domestic violence counseling centers, shelters, and various treatment centers and free legal assistance are available to abused women.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers

 

Road Conditions and Safety: Major roads between Luanda and the provincial capitals are improving, but some road conditions remain poor while the infrastructure for pedestrians is lacking. Drunk-driving is also a problem. Other hazards include potholes, lack of or attention to traffic signals, erratic driving habits, excessive speed, pedestrians, and roaming animals. During the rainy season, November-April, roads and bridges, already in poor condition, can become impassable and mines may become displaced and surface outside known mine fields.

When driving outside of Luanda on other than primary roads between major cities, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is useful. Secondary roads are often unpaved and nearly impassable. Major routes though are paved in most areas and feature gas stations and other roadside services.

Traffic Laws: You will need an international driving permit or Angolan license to drive. You may use a U.S. license for one month.

Checkpoints: Both inside and around Luanda, police set up spontaneous roadblocks to check for vehicle documentation. They may also solicit bribes or request immediate payment of "fines" for alleged minor infractions. Police and military officials are sometimes undisciplined and their authority should not be challenged. 

  • Make sure all vehicle documentation is available for inspection.
  • Resist paying bribes. Politely ask for a ticket or for the officer’s name and badge number if no violation is alleged. Ask to contact the embassy if you are not let go.
  • Remain inside your vehicle with doors locked and open the window slightly to communicate.
  • Carry color photocopies of your passport and other identity documents to give to security or police officials.
  • Report any incident to the U.S. Embassy in Luanda.

Accidents: In the event of an automobile accident, remain at the scene until the police arrive. If a hostile mob forms or you feel your safety is in danger, leave the scene and proceed directly to the nearest police station to report the incident. Do not stop at the scene of an accident where people have gathered, as mobs can develop quickly.

Landmines: Use caution in remote areas or off main roads outside of Luanda. Landmines are most common in the southern provinces. The provinces of Benguela, Bie, Cubango, Cuando, Huambo, and Huila, have a higher number of landmines than other areas of the country.

Public Transportation: Avoid all use of public transportation known as “candongueiros” or “taxistas,” (multi-passenger vans) and hire private transport from a reliable source. Any form of public transportation is unregulated, unreliable, and generally unsafe. The U.S. Embassy has determined Allo Taxi, Morvic, Transcoop SA, Divisao, and Universal are acceptable.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Angola, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Angola’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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