Exercise normal precautions in Comoros.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Comoros:
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist
See our Fact Sheet on Comoros for information on U.S. - Comoros relations.
Requirements for Entry:
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.
Comoros has experienced occasional strikes and civil unrest, resulting in violent clashes between police and demonstrators.
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.
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.
• 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
We do not pay medical bills. You are responsible for all medical costs.
Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
All care providers expect payment in KMF/USD 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:
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.
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.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Comoros should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Web Portal. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and as a broadcast warning on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website.
Travel between the islands by boat is common but is poorly regulated. Boats may be overcrowded and lack 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.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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Available. Actes de Naissance are available from the prefecture of applicant's birth.
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.
Available. Actes de marriage are available from the Prefecture where the marriage took place.
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.
Unavailable. Adoption is not the subject of any current legislation.
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.
Military records are available directly from the Forces Armees Comoriennes or from the Gendarmerie Federale.
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.
Antananarivo, Madagascar (Embassy)
Visa applications for nationals of Comoros are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
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