Angola Travel Restriction

From midnight on 24 January, Angola closed its borders to arrivals from South Africa, Portugal and Brazil.

On the opposite, north-eastern banks of the river lies Bufalo in Caprivi and the two towns are linked via a nearby border post.

All passengers are required to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test completed 72 hours before entry to Angola.

Angola travel health form

All passengers are required to complete an Advance Passenger Information form (FRV form) 72 hours before entry to Angola. Several travel documents must be uploaded in PDF format to be accepted before entry to Angola.

Testing prior to arrival and departure

From 16 January, all air passengers are required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test immediately on disembarking the plane. This is currently free of charge, which is undertaken in a hangar at the airport, but can take time. Passengers arriving in Angola, should carry water and a refreshment in case there is a long wait.

Those receiving a negative result will be allowed entry and can continue through immigration. You will need to undertake compulsory self-quarantine for 10 days before undergoing a further COVID-19 test. Those receiving a positive COVID-19 result will go immediately into mandatory quarantine at a government facility for observation and further testing.

All passengers are required to show evidence of negative COVID-19 test completed 24 hours before departure from Angola.

Quarantine requirements

All air passengers arriving in Angola will need to undertake compulsory self-quarantine for at least 10 days once tested for COVID-19 on arrival. If you test negative, returning residents can quarantine in their own homes. Non-resident essential workers have to quarantine in a government or government-approved facility. The Angolan authorities will release you from quarantine once you have tested negative for coronavirus. You must spend at least 10 days in quarantine before being tested.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result on arrival in Angola, you will be required to enter mandatory quarantine in a government facility for observation and further testing.

On arrival, passengers with short-term and visitor visas can expect to have their passports retained by the Angolan authorities at the Immigration desk. Passports can be recovered at the end of the 10 day quarantine period, on presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate at the SME Department in the Departures lounge.

Regular entry requirements

Applying for Angola Visas You must apply for a valid visa and/or work permit before travelling to Angola, otherwise you will be detained at the airport and then deported. The process can take a long time. You should check all entry requirements with the Angolan Embassy in London well in advance.

The Angolan government has extended the validity of existing visas for all foreign nationals in-country to 31 December 2020.

If you’re applying for a tourist visa, you can submit documentation online in advance of travel and be granted a pre-approval within 72 hours. This allows you to receive your physical visa on entry into Angola, subject to a fee equivalent to USD $120, paid in cash, Visa or MasterCard. Further information can be found on the online application portal.

Passport validity for Angola Visa

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Angola.

What to pack for Angola Travel
In winter (June to August): for the coast, bring spring/autumn clothes, a sweatshirt or sweater and a jacket, especially south of Luanda. For the northernmost area, light clothes for the day, a sweatshirt and a light jacket for the evening, and a sun hat. For the south-central plateau, light clothes for the day, but also a sweater, a jacket and a hat for the evening, and hiking shoes.

In summer (December to February): along the coast, bring light clothing, a light sweatshirt for the evening, a light jacket for the southern part (see Namibe). For the northernmost area, light, loose-fitting clothes of natural fibers, a sun hat, a light sweatshirt for the evening, and a light raincoat or umbrella. For the south-central plateau, light clothes for the day, a sun hat, a sweatshirt and a spring jacket for the evening, a light raincoat or umbrella, and hiking shoes.

Movement Restrictions:

Latest data on the COVID-19

Is a curfew in place? No

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.

Quarantine Information:

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.

Stay safe!