Angola Traveler Information — Travel Advice

Quick Facts

Embassies and Consulates

Destination Description

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

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

Safety and Security

  • 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.
  • 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 stopped in traffic; criminals 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.
  • 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

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

  • Residents of Angola must declare upon arrival amounts over the equivalent of $10,000. Non-residents must declare amounts over the equivalent of $5,000. Amounts over these limits may be seized.
  • Limits may change — verify with the Angolan Embassy or the National Bank.
  • Show your original declaration form to the airport customs officials to export currency over the authorized 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.


Travel and Transportation

  • 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.

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