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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, instances of local transmission are 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 Angolan government has established quarantine areas: one, encompassing Luanda Province, and the second, around the municipality of Cazengo in Cuanza Norte province. Criminal charges may be brought against anyone who leaves the quarantine area. Within these areas, strict measures are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Fines may be imposed on violators.
- The use of a face mask is required in all public areas, including anytime you leave your house or hotel room, when driving (even when alone in your car), and in all establishments. Not wearing a face mask, or wearing one that does not cover both your mouth and nose simultaneously, could result in a fine. Face masks are not required for walking or exercising outside between the hours of 5:30a.m. and 8p.m., although 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 only operate between the hours of 6a.m. and 9p.m(restaurants must close their dining rooms at 9p.m., although they are permitted to offer take out through 10p.m.). Stores, including supermarkets, cannot stay open beyond 7p.m. Public transportation is limited to 50 percent capacity and is only available from 5a.m. until 8p.m. Museums and monuments, cultural and art fairs, and libraries and media centers are also limited to 50 percent capacity. Movie theaters remain closed and religious activities have been suspended.
- Access to beaches, public swimming pools, and all naval clubs is prohibited through October 15, 2020. Schools are permitted to hold classes virtually only, and not in person.
For updated information on the State of Calamity, please visit the Angolan government’s official website. Visit the local government Ministry of Health website for updated information on COVID-19 in Angola.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- The Government of Angola cancelled all international flights effective March 20, 2020, and Angola remains closed to commercial flights. While the U.S. government has no plans at present to organize further repatriation flights, occasional humanitarian charter flights from Luanda offer connecting service to the United States through Europe. Please contact our Consular Section for a list of travel agents who can offer more information on special flights departing Angola.
- The Angolan Ministry of Interior has extended the validity of all work, residence, and temporary visas through August 31, 2020.
- Land borders remain closed for all but commercial transport, and the areas within the quarantine districts (Luanda Province and the municipality of Cazengo, in the Province of Cuanza Norte) are closed to overland personal travel or domestic passenger flights through August 9, 2020.
- 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).
- The Angolan government has instituted mandatory quarantine for anyone entering the country, regardless of citizenship. 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 may choose between staying at one of several government-approved hotel quarantine locations (at personal expense) or a government-run quarantine center.
- Angolan citizens and foreign residents who tested negative prior to boarding their flight 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 at least seven days; if someone in home quarantine tests negative for COVID after seven days, they may be released.
- Asymptomatic COVID patients may be allowed to isolate at home. Anyone with symptoms, anyone considered vulnerable, or who is not able to isolate appropriately in their home will be required to go into a government-run health center.