Last updated: 21 Jun 2019



Angola is re-emerging from decades of civil war, and adventurous travellers are beginning to tentatively discover its Portuguese architecture, miles of stunning coastline and little-visited wildlife parks.

Thick forest, elevated plains and forceful rivers define the country's landscape - along with the sands of the Namibe desert. Visitors can search for African wildlife, including the black palanca antelope, a species unique to Angola. A ceasefire was finally achieved in 2002, paving the way for a final political settlement and, in April 2003, the people and government of Angola celebrated their first year of continuous peace for more than a quarter of a century.

Although there is still some sporadic fighting, notably between government forces and separatist groups in the oil-rich Cabinda enclave, most of the country has now embarked upon the monumental task of reconstruction.
Capital:  Luanda (LAD)
Currency:  Kwanza (AOA)
Language:  Portuguese. Several African languages are also spoken.  Some French and Spanish is also spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 244
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2019: 

Jan 1; Feb 4; Mar 5, 8; Apr 4, 19; May 1; Sep 17; Nov 2, 11; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: June - September
Best for: Spectacular coastline, National Parks
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: Normal social courtesies should be observed
Local Offences / Laws: Drug trafficking carries serious penalties. Homosexuality is frowned upon. Permits for photography are required . Passengers arriving drunk at airports may be deported. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Credit cards are not widely accepted, although hotels and restaurants are increasingly accepting them. ATM’s may not accept foreign cards. Check the local political situation before finalising travel plans. Car hire is not easily arranged, and it is best to travel by taxi. Road travel outside of Luanda is not recommended. 
Duty Free:

The following items may be imported into Angola without incurring customs duty:
• 400 cigarettes or 500g of tobacco.
• 2L of wine and 1L of spirits.
• 250ml of eau de toilette or 50ml of perfume.
• General items for personal use, gifts or souvenirs up to a total value of USD 500.

Alcohol and tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 18 and over only. You must declare brand new electronic items.

Prohibited Imports: Firearms, narcotics, diamonds and plants.

Issuing Authorities

a) Embassy of the Republic of Angola
1030 Francis Baard Str, Pretoria 0038
P O Box 8685 Pretoria 0001
Tel: 012 342 0049/50
Fax: 012 342 7039
Submissions: Mon ,Tues, Wed 0930 - 1200
Collections: Wed & Fri 1430 - 1600
Web :

b) Consulate-General of Angola
Waterside Place, 15 Zulberg Close, Bruma, 2026
Tel:+27 (0) 11 622-6025 / 9621
Fax:+27(0) 11 622-7959
Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1200

c) Consulate General of Angola
109 Hertzog Boulevard, Foreshore,
Cape Town
Tel:+21 (0) 21 425-8700/01
Fax:+21 (0) 21 425-8705
Hours: Mon & Wed 0900-1200 submissions
Wed & Fri 1030-1300 collections

The Consulate General of Angola in CPT no longer deals with the public and are using a company called:
PRSJ Visas 
Telephone No : 072 229 1965 or 074 012 4652
Address : 201 Stellenvale Building, Santos Street, Rugby, Western Cape, 7441
Email or

 d) Embassy of the Republic of Angola

54 Gladys Manzi , Greyville, Durban, 4001
Tel: (031) 309 2132
Fax: (031) 309 2111


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SA Representative

South African Embassy,
Tel: +244 222 460 818



Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A &B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus & Polio
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