The vast majority of cases of COVID-19 are in the capital city of Luanda, but instances of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout the provinces. Officials continue to monitor the individuals who have tested positive. Please visit the Angolan COVID-19 Commission’s website for the most up-to-date case numbers.
The use of a face mask is required in all public areas, including anytime you leave your house or hotel room, while using public transport, and in all establishments. Face masks are not required if you are operating a vehicle alone or exercising outside. Individual and group exercise is permitted between the hours of 5:30a.m. to 7:30a.m. and then again between the hours of 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Groups exercising together are limited to no more than five people. Everyone is encouraged to adhere to social distancing.
Health centers and hospitals are fully operational. Restaurants are limited to 50 percent capacity and can seat guests between the hours of 6a.m. and 4p.m. and can offer take out between the hours of 6a.m. and 10p.m. Stores, including supermarkets, are open until 8p.m. Museums and monuments, movie theaters, cultural and art fairs, libraries, and media centers are open but limited to 50 percent capacity. Religious activities are limited to four days a week with no more than 50 percent capacity or 150 people and are limited to a maximum duration of 2 hours if held in enclosed spaces.
Access to beaches, public swimming pools, and all naval clubs is prohibited through November 22, 2020. Secondary schools and universities are permitted to hold in-person classes, while classes for primary-school aged students remain suspended.
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Local transmission of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Angola. The vast majority of cases are in the capital city of Luanda. While the number of cases is relatively low, local transmission is steadily increasing. Officials continue to monitor the individuals who have tested positive. Please visit the Angolan COVID-19 Commission’s website for the most up-to-date case numbers.
The use of a face mask is required in all public areas, including anytime you leave your house or hotel room, while using public transport, and in all establishments. Face masks are not required if you are operating a vehicle alone or exercising outside between the hours of 5:30a.m. and 10p.m. Groups exercising together are limited to no more than five people. Everyone is encouraged to adhere to social distancing.
Health centers and hospitals are fully operational. Restaurants are limited to 50 percent capacity and can seat guests and offer take out between the hours of 6a.m. and 10p.m. Stores, including supermarkets, are open until 10p.m. Museums and monuments, movie theaters, cultural and art fairs, libraries, and media centers are open but limited to 50 percent capacity. Religious activities in Luanda Province can resume on September 19, 2020 but are limited to Saturdays and Sundays. In provinces outside of Luanda, religious gatherings can take place up to four days per week.
Access to beaches, public swimming pools, and all naval clubs is prohibited through October 15, 2020. Once reopened, capacity will be limited to 50%. Schools will be permitted to hold in-person classes beginning on October 5, 2020.
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Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
Anyone arriving in Angola must present proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test; passengers may take the test up to 72 hours prior to travel and may be given credit for those days toward the mandatory 14-day quarantine (see below).
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
The Angolan Ministry of Interior extended the validity of all work, residence, and temporary visas through December 31, 2020.
International flights are currently suspended but are expected to resume on September 21, 2020. While the U.S. government has no plans at present to organize further repatriation flights, upcoming commercial flights to and from Luanda will offer connecting service to the United States through Europe and the United Arab Emirates. The Angolan government requires a negative COVID test prior to leaving the country; see below for information on testing.
Land borders remain closed for all but commercial transport. Domestic flights between Luanda and the remainder of the country’s provinces resumed on September 14, 2020.
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Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
The Angolan government requires proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test for all travel in and out of Luanda Province. Travelers who cannot show proof of a negative test result are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government-run facility.
All travellers and U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
The Angolan government has instituted mandatory quarantine for anyone entering the country, regardless of citizenship. Angolan citizens and foreign residents who tested negative prior to boarding their flight to Angola may be permitted to quarantine in their homes. The Angolan authorities will determine when it is safe for an individual to be released from home quarantine. Home quarantine will last for seven days if someone in home quarantine tests negative for COVID at that time. Home quarantine lasts 14 days with no test required at the end of the two week period.
For those unable or unwilling to quarantine at home, the Government of Angola has set up multiple quarantine sites throughout the country, including two quarantine sites just outside of the capital city of Luanda. Upon arrival in Luanda, travelers unable to quarantine at home may choose between staying at one of several government-approved hotel quarantine locations (at personal expense) or a government-run quarantine center, where standards may not match those of international-standard hotels.
Asymptomatic COVID patients may be allowed to isolate at home. Anyone with symptoms, anyone considered vulnerable, or anyone who is not able to isolate appropriately in their home will be required to go into a government-run health center.
RT-PCR testing for COVID is available at Luanda Medical Center (LMC), by appointment only. Appointment requests should be made at least five days in advance of the date the test is needed.
The cost for the test is 185,000 kwanza. If you would like the technician to come to your place of employment or home, there is an additional fee of 30,000 kwanza. Test results are available in 72 hours.
Clinica Sagrada Esperanca will collect COVID samples and send them to LMC for processing.
Please note that only the RT-PCR test (not the rapid test) will satisfy the requirements of airlines and international airports.
Are commercial flights operating? No
Commercial flights with service to Portugal and Brazil are expected to resume on September 21, 2020 and service to Dubai on October 1, 2020.
Is public transportation operating? Yes
Public transportation is limited to 50 percent capacity until October 1, 2020 and 75 percent from that day onward.
Failure to comply with the Angolan government’s measures carries penalties that vary from fines to potential criminal charges.
Not using a mask or using one incorrectly(not covering both the mouth and nose), carries a fine of 5,000 to 10,000 kwanzas.
Business and restaurants that operate outside of the proscribed rules face fines of 100,000 to 250,000 kwanzas and possible temporary closure.
Leaving the quarantine area of Luanda (without a negative COVID test result) carries a fine of 200,000 to 250,000 kwanzas. Criminal charges may be brought against anyone who leaves this area.
Anyone under home quarantine who leaves their home may face a fine from 150,000 to 250,000 kwanzas. They will also be placed in institutional quarantine and could face criminal charges. Anyone who is under home isolation (for a suspected/confirmed case) and violates their isolation faces fines of 250,000 to 300,000 kwanzas, possible criminal charges, and mandatory institutional isolation.