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Travel requirements.

Angola travel requirements

If you’re planning a trip to Angola, it’s important to know the travel requirements before you go. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your journey:

  1. COVID-19 Requirements
  2. Visa Requirements
  3. Health Insurance
  4. Currency
  5. Culture and Etiquette

COVID-19 Requirements

You need to show a COVID vaccination certificate or a negative COVID test result to enter Angola.

  • The Government of Angola has approved the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Sinopharm, and Sputnik V for emergency use. Angola has also received the Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J/Janssen vaccines through the COVAX program. The Sinovac vaccine has not been officially approved but has been used in-country.

Visa requirements

Passport validity

If you are visiting Angola, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.


Most foreign passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Angola. Angola has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel.

e-Visa allowed Countries:
  • European Union All EU citizens
  •  Algeria
  •  Argentina
  •  Australia
  •  Brazil
  •  Canada
  •  Chile
  •  China
  •  Cuba
  •  Eswatini
  •  Equatorial Guinea
  •  Guinea-Bissau
  •  Iceland
  •  India
  •  Indonesia
  •  Israel
  •  Japan
  •  Lesotho
  •  Madagascar
  •  Malawi
  •  Monaco
  •  Morocco
  •  New Zealand
  •  Norway
  •  Russia
  •  São Tomé and Príncipe
  •  South Korea
  •  Switzerland
  •  Timor-Leste
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  United Kingdom
  •  United States
  •  Uruguay
  •   Vatican City
  •  Venezuela

Health insurance

When traveling to Angola, it is essential to have comprehensive health insurance that covers any medical expenses incurred while abroad. Angola’s healthcare facilities can vary in quality, and private hospitals can be costly, particularly for foreign nationals. In case of an emergency, having reliable health insurance is crucial to avoid being stuck with hefty medical bills or denied treatment due to lack of funds.

Additionally, the risk of contracting an illness or experiencing an accident while traveling is always present. Having a valid health insurance policy is the best way to ensure that you receive adequate medical care. Traveling without health insurance can be a significant financial burden during an already stressful situation.

In Angola, medical treatment for severe conditions may require medical evacuation to neighboring countries like Namibia or South Africa, and this can be expensive. With reliable health insurance, visitors can access necessary medical treatment without significant financial strain. Therefore, the peace of mind that comes with having comprehensive health insurance during your travels to Angola is crucial to enjoy your holiday, remain safe, and avoid any disruptions caused by unexpected medical expenses


Angola’s currency is the Angolan Kwanza (AOA). It is advisable to exchange foreign currency at banks, authorized Forex dealers, or exchange bureaus in tourist areas, major towns, and cities. US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted in Angola, especially by hotels, restaurants, and shops catering to tourists. However, be aware that most places will only accept notes printed after 2006 and in good condition.

If you prefer to use your credit card while traveling in Angola, it’s best to carry one that has a Visa or Mastercard logo. Many of Angola’s high-end hotels, tour companies, and restaurants accept credit cards, but smaller establishments in rural areas may not. Additionally, many Angolan businesses add a 3-5% surcharge for credit card transactions, so it can be a good idea to carry cash as a backup.

It is advisable to carry both Angolan Kwanza and US dollars or Euros in cash when traveling to Angola. You can exchange foreign currency for Angolan Kwanza at banks and Forex bureaus or withdraw money from ATMs. However, be sure to notify your bank that you will be traveling to Angola before your trip to ensure uninterrupted access to your funds while abroad.

Culture and Etiquette

Angola is a culturally diverse country with many different ethnic groups, and it’s important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Angolans are generally warm and hospitable people who value family and community. When interacting with locals, it’s important to greet them appropriately. Handshakes are the most common form of greeting in Angola, and it’s customary to use the right hand when shaking hands or passing something to someone. It’s also advised to use appropriate titles like Sr. or Sra. when addressing someone.

Angolans tend to dress conservatively, particularly in rural areas or when visiting religious sites. Women should avoid wearing revealing clothing, particularly shorts or revealing tops, to show respect for local customs and avoid unwanted attention. Additionally, public displays of affection between couples are frowned upon, so consider being discreet about physical affection while in public.

When visiting someone’s home or a local community, it’s customary to remove your shoes before entering. You may also be offered food and drink during visits, and it’s customary to accept these offers to show appreciation and respect for local hospitality.

When eating, use your right hand to eat or pass food and avoid allowing your feet to point towards anyone, as this is considered disrespectful.

Overall, being respectful of local customs and practicing a few basic cultural norms will go a long way towards fostering good relationships between travelers and Angolans. By being mindful of local traditions and etiquette, visitors can gain a deeper appreciation for Angolan culture and have a more fulfilling experience while exploring this diverse country.


  • Passport
  • Visa if not from visa-free country
  • Travel insurance
  • Angolan Kwanza (AOA), or USD, GBP or EUR cash for exchange
  • You need to show a COVID vaccination certificate or negative COVID test result to enter Angola.