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Comoros

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Comoros
Union of the Comoros
Last Updated: November 4, 2016
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes – available upon arrival

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

No

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

No

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo

Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro, Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Madagascar

Telephone: +( 261) (20) 23-480-00

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (261) (20) 23-480-00

Fax: +(261) (20) 23-480-35

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Destination Description

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

 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Onward/return ticket

Visas:  Visas are available upon arrival. Visit the Mission of the Union of the Comoros to the United Nations  website for the most current visa information. Overseas inquiries should be made at the Comoran Mission to the United Nations in New York, NY.

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

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Comoros has experienced occasional strikes and civil unrest, resulting in violent clashes between police and demonstrators.

Precautions:

  • Avoid demonstrations, large gatherings and any political rallies.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, monitor local news broadcasts, and consular messages.

Piracy:  Small craft on the open seas are vulnerable to attack. See MARAD’s page for advisories.

Marine hazards:  Be aware of jellyfish, coral, and sea urchins when swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Currents can be strong in the Mozambique channel and rip tides exist on some beaches.

Crime:  The most commonly reported crimes are petty crimes of opportunity such as pickpocketing.

  • Be vigilant, particularly when visiting crowded markets, parks, and beaches.
  • Ensure personal belongings, passport, and other travel documents are secure at all times.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially after dark, and displaying cash and valuable personal property.

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

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.

Report crimes to the local police at 17, 18 for the Gendarmerie; and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(261) (20) 23-480-00. 

Remember local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

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:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Convictions for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs result in a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and heavy fines.  You may be fined or possiblely imprisoned for public intoxication. 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 of government buildings, military installations, and other key infrastructure such as ports, train stations, and airports.  You could be fined, have your photographic equipment confiscated, and risk detention and arrest. Do not take photos of Comorians without permission.

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. The U.S. Embassy in Madagascarprovides consular assistance; there is no full-time official U.S. presence in Comoros.

Clothing:  Comorians dress conservatively. Shorts or short sleeves should be avoided, except at the beach.

Phone Service: Cellular phones are the norm, as other telephone service is unreliable and landlines are nearly non-existent. It may be possible to purchase a SIM card locally and use a GSM-compatible cell phone.  Cellular data packages, at 2G or 3G speeds, are also available for purchase.

Currency: The Comorian Franc (KMF) is the official currency. This is a cash society; credit cards are not widely accepteded. There is one bank on the island to exchange currency.

Utilities Outages:

  • The supply of electricity is frequently disrupted, sometimes for extended periods. 
  • Water supplies can fluctuate (including potable water), affecting tourist and other public services.

Faith-Based Travelers: Reports of religious-based violence are rare. Proselytizing or the public practice of non-Sunni Muslim religious ceremonies is against the law in the Comoros.  See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers:  Same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in the Union of the Comoros. They remain illegal and punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 2,300 USD. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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

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

Women Travelers: Sexual harassment is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. Such harassment are a common problem, and the government does not effectively enforce penalties against it. Rape is illegal and punishable by imprisonment for five to 10 years or up to 15 years if the victim is younger than 15 years of age. The government enforces the laws on rape with some effectiveness if survivors pursue charges.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Consult the CDC website for the Comoros prior to travel.

Medical care is limited on all three islands including Grande Comore. There are private facilties requiring advance membership.

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

You are responsible for all medical costs. U.S. Medicare does not cover you overseas. All care providers expect payment in KMF/U.S. dollars in full before treatment is performed.   

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

The following diseases are prevelant:

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

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Some urban roads are paved, but most including rural roads are not and are poorly maintained. Roads are very narrow, poorly lit, full of potholes, and have dangerous curves.  Do not drive more than 30 miles an hour. Pedestrians and drivers should exercise extreme caution after dark.  Professional roadside assistance service is not available. 

Traffic Laws: You will need an international driving permit to drive in Comoros.  Drivers and front seat passengers are required to wear seat belts.

Public Transportation: Taxi or a rental car with driver are preferable to public transportation.

Boat Travel: Travel between the islands by boat is common but is poorly regulated. Boats may be overcrowded and lacking safety equipment resulting is capsized vessels and fatalities. Death by drowning is common. Use only commercially licensed ferry services which are equipped with adequate safety devices, and ship-to-shore communications.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of Comoros’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Comoros, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Comoros’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.

Hague Convention Participation
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo

Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro, Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Madagascar

Telephone: +( 261) (20) 23-480-00

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (261) (20) 23-480-00

Fax: +(261) (20) 23-480-35

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 $31.00 A One A 45 Days A
B-2 $31.00 A One A 45 Days A
B-1/B-2 $31.00 A One A 45 Days A
C-1 None Two 3 Months
C-1/D None Two 3 Months
C-2 None Two 3 Months
C-3 None Two 3 Months
CW-1 None One 3 Months
CW-2 None One 3 Months
D None Two 3 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C None One 3 Months
F-1 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
F-2 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-1C $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-2A $31.00 N/A N/A3
H-2B $31.00 N/A N/A3
H-2R $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-3 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-4 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
I $31.00 One 3 Months
J-1 4 $31.00 One 3 Months
J-2 4 $31.00 One 3 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 $31.00 One 3 Months
L-2 $31.00 One 3 Months
M-1 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
M-2 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
O-2 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
O-3 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-1 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-2 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-3 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-4 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
R-1 $31.00 One 3 Months
R-2 $31.00 One 3 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

 

Tiered Fee Schedule

Fee Number
of Applications
Validity
Period
$94.00 Multiple 12 Months
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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Available. Actes de Naissance are available from the prefecture of applicant's birth.

Death/Burial

Available. Death is pronounced by an Islamic Cadi, who charges a fee. A copy of the Judgement de Deces is available from the prefecture at the place of death. There may be a fee for this service.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available. Actes de marriage are available from the Prefecture where the marriage took place.

Divorce

Available. Divorce is pronounced by the Islamic Cadi, who charges a fee. A copy of the Judgement de Divorce is available from the prefecture where the divorce took place.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable. Adoption is not the subject of any current legislation.

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Identity Card

Unavailable.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

In lieu of a police certificate, a "Bulletin no. 3 de casier judiciaire" can be obtained from the "Greffier en Chef at the Tribunal de Moroni, Comores", (Chief Clerk of the Court of Moroni) upon presentation of the original birth certificate and for married women a marriage certificate. Non-Comorians must have lived at least 6 months in Comoros to obtain a Bulletin. The processing time is 5 days. Fee: CF1,000.

Court Records

Unavailable.

Prison Records

Unavailable.

Military Records

Military records are available directly from the Forces Armees Comoriennes or from the Gendarmerie Federale.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

The Department has determined that Comoros “economic citizen” passports are not valid for visa-issuance purposes. Those who have obtained  “economic citizen” passports (ECPs) do not have the right to return to Comoros or their country of origin and may be Stateless. Since the Comoran economic citizenship travel document does not give the holder a right to reside in the Comoros, it does not meet the requirement in INA 212(a)(7)(B)(i) that a passport permit the alien to return to the Comoros (or another country) after a stay in the United States. Applicants may need to  present other supporting documents to establish and their nationality and identity to the satisfaction of the consular officer.   During the course of the interview, officers should pay close attention to where the applicant was born (since only those born in Comoros are likely considered Comoran citizens), or through examining supporting documents presented, such as a Comoran national ID cards. As the Comoran government does not issue national ID cards to economic travel document holders, these applicants will not be able to legally obtain them. Nonimmigrant visa applicants with a only a Comoros economic citizenship travel document, including K1 visa recipients, will require a waiver of the passport requirement per guidance in 9 FAM 41.113 PN2.2. Given that these applicants are ineligible for a visa under INA 212(a)(7)(B)(i), Customs and Border Protection will need to concur with waiving the passport requirement before the visa can be issued on a DS-232. Consular officers should contact the consular section in Embassy Antananarivo with any questions regarding the Comoros economic citizen travel documents.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Antananarivo, Madagascar (Embassy)

Visa applications for nationals of Comoros are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Visa Services

Please check back for update.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

New York, NY (212) 750-1637 (212) 750-1657

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo
Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro, Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Madagascar
Telephone
+( 261) (20) 23-480-00
Emergency
(261) (20) 23-480-00
Fax
+(261) (20) 23-480-35
Comoros Country Map

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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Comoros
Union of the Comoros
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes – available upon arrival

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

No

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

No

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo

Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro, Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Madagascar

Telephone: +( 261) (20) 23-480-00

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (261) (20) 23-480-00

Fax: +(261) (20) 23-480-35

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Destination Description

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

 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Onward/return ticket

Visas:  Visas are available upon arrival. Visit the Mission of the Union of the Comoros to the United Nations  website for the most current visa information. Overseas inquiries should be made at the Comoran Mission to the United Nations in New York, NY.

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

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Comoros has experienced occasional strikes and civil unrest, resulting in violent clashes between police and demonstrators.

Precautions:

  • Avoid demonstrations, large gatherings and any political rallies.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, monitor local news broadcasts, and consular messages.

Piracy:  Small craft on the open seas are vulnerable to attack. See MARAD’s page for advisories.

Marine hazards:  Be aware of jellyfish, coral, and sea urchins when swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Currents can be strong in the Mozambique channel and rip tides exist on some beaches.

Crime:  The most commonly reported crimes are petty crimes of opportunity such as pickpocketing.

  • Be vigilant, particularly when visiting crowded markets, parks, and beaches.
  • Ensure personal belongings, passport, and other travel documents are secure at all times.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially after dark, and displaying cash and valuable personal property.

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

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.

Report crimes to the local police at 17, 18 for the Gendarmerie; and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(261) (20) 23-480-00. 

Remember local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

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:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Convictions for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs result in a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and heavy fines.  You may be fined or possiblely imprisoned for public intoxication. 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 of government buildings, military installations, and other key infrastructure such as ports, train stations, and airports.  You could be fined, have your photographic equipment confiscated, and risk detention and arrest. Do not take photos of Comorians without permission.

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. The U.S. Embassy in Madagascarprovides consular assistance; there is no full-time official U.S. presence in Comoros.

Clothing:  Comorians dress conservatively. Shorts or short sleeves should be avoided, except at the beach.

Phone Service: Cellular phones are the norm, as other telephone service is unreliable and landlines are nearly non-existent. It may be possible to purchase a SIM card locally and use a GSM-compatible cell phone.  Cellular data packages, at 2G or 3G speeds, are also available for purchase.

Currency: The Comorian Franc (KMF) is the official currency. This is a cash society; credit cards are not widely accepteded. There is one bank on the island to exchange currency.

Utilities Outages:

  • The supply of electricity is frequently disrupted, sometimes for extended periods. 
  • Water supplies can fluctuate (including potable water), affecting tourist and other public services.

Faith-Based Travelers: Reports of religious-based violence are rare. Proselytizing or the public practice of non-Sunni Muslim religious ceremonies is against the law in the Comoros.  See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers:  Same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in the Union of the Comoros. They remain illegal and punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 2,300 USD. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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

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

Women Travelers: Sexual harassment is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. Such harassment are a common problem, and the government does not effectively enforce penalties against it. Rape is illegal and punishable by imprisonment for five to 10 years or up to 15 years if the victim is younger than 15 years of age. The government enforces the laws on rape with some effectiveness if survivors pursue charges.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Consult the CDC website for the Comoros prior to travel.

Medical care is limited on all three islands including Grande Comore. There are private facilties requiring advance membership.

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

You are responsible for all medical costs. U.S. Medicare does not cover you overseas. All care providers expect payment in KMF/U.S. dollars in full before treatment is performed.   

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

The following diseases are prevelant:

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

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Some urban roads are paved, but most including rural roads are not and are poorly maintained. Roads are very narrow, poorly lit, full of potholes, and have dangerous curves.  Do not drive more than 30 miles an hour. Pedestrians and drivers should exercise extreme caution after dark.  Professional roadside assistance service is not available. 

Traffic Laws: You will need an international driving permit to drive in Comoros.  Drivers and front seat passengers are required to wear seat belts.

Public Transportation: Taxi or a rental car with driver are preferable to public transportation.

Boat Travel: Travel between the islands by boat is common but is poorly regulated. Boats may be overcrowded and lacking safety equipment resulting is capsized vessels and fatalities. Death by drowning is common. Use only commercially licensed ferry services which are equipped with adequate safety devices, and ship-to-shore communications.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of Comoros’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Comoros, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Comoros’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.

Hague Convention Participation
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo

Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro, Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Madagascar

Telephone: +( 261) (20) 23-480-00

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (261) (20) 23-480-00

Fax: +(261) (20) 23-480-35

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 $31.00 A One A 45 Days A
B-2 $31.00 A One A 45 Days A
B-1/B-2 $31.00 A One A 45 Days A
C-1 None Two 3 Months
C-1/D None Two 3 Months
C-2 None Two 3 Months
C-3 None Two 3 Months
CW-1 None One 3 Months
CW-2 None One 3 Months
D None Two 3 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C None One 3 Months
F-1 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
F-2 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-1C $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-2A $31.00 N/A N/A3
H-2B $31.00 N/A N/A3
H-2R $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-3 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
H-4 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
I $31.00 One 3 Months
J-1 4 $31.00 One 3 Months
J-2 4 $31.00 One 3 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 $31.00 One 3 Months
L-2 $31.00 One 3 Months
M-1 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
M-2 $94.00 Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
O-2 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
O-3 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-1 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-2 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-3 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
P-4 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 $31.00 One 3 Months 3
R-1 $31.00 One 3 Months
R-2 $31.00 One 3 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Tiered Fee Schedule

Fee Number
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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Available. Actes de Naissance are available from the prefecture of applicant's birth.

Death/Burial

Available. Death is pronounced by an Islamic Cadi, who charges a fee. A copy of the Judgement de Deces is available from the prefecture at the place of death. There may be a fee for this service.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available. Actes de marriage are available from the Prefecture where the marriage took place.

Divorce

Available. Divorce is pronounced by the Islamic Cadi, who charges a fee. A copy of the Judgement de Divorce is available from the prefecture where the divorce took place.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable. Adoption is not the subject of any current legislation.

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Identity Card

Unavailable.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

In lieu of a police certificate, a "Bulletin no. 3 de casier judiciaire" can be obtained from the "Greffier en Chef at the Tribunal de Moroni, Comores", (Chief Clerk of the Court of Moroni) upon presentation of the original birth certificate and for married women a marriage certificate. Non-Comorians must have lived at least 6 months in Comoros to obtain a Bulletin. The processing time is 5 days. Fee: CF1,000.

Court Records

Unavailable.

Prison Records

Unavailable.

Military Records

Military records are available directly from the Forces Armees Comoriennes or from the Gendarmerie Federale.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

The Department has determined that Comoros “economic citizen” passports are not valid for visa-issuance purposes. Those who have obtained  “economic citizen” passports (ECPs) do not have the right to return to Comoros or their country of origin and may be Stateless. Since the Comoran economic citizenship travel document does not give the holder a right to reside in the Comoros, it does not meet the requirement in INA 212(a)(7)(B)(i) that a passport permit the alien to return to the Comoros (or another country) after a stay in the United States. Applicants may need to  present other supporting documents to establish and their nationality and identity to the satisfaction of the consular officer.   During the course of the interview, officers should pay close attention to where the applicant was born (since only those born in Comoros are likely considered Comoran citizens), or through examining supporting documents presented, such as a Comoran national ID cards. As the Comoran government does not issue national ID cards to economic travel document holders, these applicants will not be able to legally obtain them. Nonimmigrant visa applicants with a only a Comoros economic citizenship travel document, including K1 visa recipients, will require a waiver of the passport requirement per guidance in 9 FAM 41.113 PN2.2. Given that these applicants are ineligible for a visa under INA 212(a)(7)(B)(i), Customs and Border Protection will need to concur with waiving the passport requirement before the visa can be issued on a DS-232. Consular officers should contact the consular section in Embassy Antananarivo with any questions regarding the Comoros economic citizen travel documents.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Antananarivo, Madagascar (Embassy)

Visa applications for nationals of Comoros are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Visa Services

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Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

New York, NY (212) 750-1637 (212) 750-1657

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo
Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro, Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Madagascar
Telephone
+( 261) (20) 23-480-00
Emergency
(261) (20) 23-480-00
Fax
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.