Dangers & Annoyances
Angola has found it hard to shake off its history of conflict and civil unrest, but the war is confined to the history books. That’s not to say that travel here is straightforward or problem-free. The transport network and tourist infrastructure are challenging to navigate, and crime rates remain high in big cities such as Luanda. The country is also expensive (Luanda is regularly listed as one of the most expensive cities in the world). Most official travel advice recommends that travelers exercise a high degree of caution in Angola and avoid high-risk areas, such as Cabinda, altogether. Land mines are still a problem in rural areas. Check on your home country’s foreign office travel advice website before traveling for current warnings and updates.
Security aside, the main issue thwarting travelers from visiting Angola is visas. Procuring an Angolan visa is a complicated, expensive and long-winded affair with no guaranteed chance of success. Visas fall into nine different categories and most applicants require a ‘letter of invitation’ from someone in Angola before they can start tackling the rest of the paperwork (all of which must be translated into Portuguese). Do your homework before applying and be prepared for long delays.
Entry & Exit Formalities
Along with a visa, a yellow-fever certificate is a prerequisite for entry.
Thirty-day visas must be obtained well in advance. Angola doesn't issue many tourist visas and the application process is costly and complicated.
Emergency & Important Numbers
|Angola's country code||244|