Angola

Travel information, guide and need to know information for Angola including flight Information, when to go, visa requirements, health advice, government travel advice, travel news, recommended books and maps, money matters, getting around and other essential travel information.

Map of Angola

Plugs and Electric in Angola

Electricity

Voltage

220 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Round pin attachment plug

Flights in Angola

Air travel within the country should be limited to airports in the provincial capitals with paved landing strips.  Maintenance of domestic aircraft, especially Antonovs, is unreliable. TAAG Angolan Airlines are the main domestic carrier with flights between most regional cities.

TAAG Angolan Airlines flights in Angola

TAAG Angolan Airlines operates domestic flights to most major cities throughout the country.

Flights from UK to Angola

International flights arrive at Luanda International Airport.

British Airways flights from United Kingdom to Angola

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British Airways fly four times a week from London Heathrow to Luanda.  Flight time approximately 8 hours 40 minutes.

Weather in Angola

Located in a sub-tropical zone, Angola’s climate is not typical of such climatic areas due to the following factors:  the cold current from Benguela runs along the southern part of the coast; the highlands in the interior; and the influence of the Namibe desert, situated southwest.  As a result Angola has its own specific climate, with two distinct seasons:  the rains, from October to April and the mist or “Cacimbo” from May to September, a much dryer season with lower temperatures.

Best Time to Visit Angola

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice For Angola

Local Currency

Kwanza (AOA)

General Advice

The Kwanza is not convertible on the international market and cannot be imported or exported. Currency should be changed on arrival. Take USD cash for funding.

Money Exchange

Newer US dollar notes are favoured in Angola due to the ease with which the older bills are counterfeited.

ATM Availability

ATM machines, where available, do NOT accept international credit cards.  For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or theAmerican Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world

Credit Cards

Credit cards are only accepted in a few of Luanda’s largest hotels.

Other Information

No more than USD 5,000 may be taken out of the country by non-residents unless an official declaration is signed upon entry to Angola.

Petty crime is a concern in Luanda, despite a considerable police presence. Pickpockets are active outside the arrivals and departure gates of the airport. Do not show signs of affluence.

Entry Requirements for Angola

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is required.
Denmark A visa is required.
Ireland A visa is required.
Netherlands A visa is required.
New Zealand A visa is required.
South Africa A visa is required.
United States A visa is required.
United Kingdom A Visa is required. Visas take approximately one month to issue, the embassy will only take applications on a Monday or Tuesday. An authorisation and guarantee letter for the tour operator organising travel is required, single entry fee currently £40.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Angola

Buses

Local transport is not normally recommended for travellers.

Taxis

Only use recognised taxis, the use of shared ‘van taxis’ is not recommended for travellers.

Car Hire

It is recommended to hire a car with driver who will be far better equipped to deal with the road conditions in the country.

Driving

Driving is on the right.  Drivers must be extremely careful of bad road conditions and unexpected hazards on the road such as pedestrians and animals.

Other

Road conditions in the country are poor and landmines remain a serious danger.  Many areas of the countryside, including secondary roads and bridges are heavily mined.  Travellers should be aware of possible banditry.

Local drivers may often be under the influence of alcohol, especially at weekends when roads can become particularly hazardous.

Money in Angola

Money Advice, Currency and Credit Cards in Angola

Local Currency

Kwanza (AOA)

General Advice

The Kwanza is not convertible on the international market and cannot be imported or exported. Currency should be changed on arrival. Take USD cash for funding.

Money Exchange

Newer US dollar notes are favoured in Angola due to the ease with which the older bills are counterfeited.

ATM Availability

ATM machines, where available, do NOT accept international credit cards.  For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world

Credit Cards

Credit cards are only accepted in a few of Luanda’s largest hotels.

Other Information

No more than USD 5,000 may be taken out of the country by non-residents unless an official declaration is signed upon entry to Angola.

Petty crime is a concern in Luanda, despite a considerable police presence. Pickpockets are active outside the arrivals and departure gates of the airport. Do not show signs of affluence.

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