COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: April 6, 2022

The following guidelines are in effect as of April 1, 2022.  They will remain in effect until May 15 or until superseded by a new governmental decree.

Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • The majority of COVID-19 cases are in the capital city of Luanda, but COVID-19 has been confirmed throughout all provinces.  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 use of a face mask (covering both nose and mouth) is required in all public-access indoor areas, when outdoors in groups of 10 or more including at open air markets, in educational institutions, and while using public transportation (including moto-taxis).
  • Establishments may deny entry/service to individuals without a face mask.
  • Within Luanda, health centers and hospitals are fully operational.
  • Restaurants, gyms, and businesses, including supermarkets and retail stores, may be open for normal hours of operation at full capacity, as long as they comply with biosafety rules and maintain physical distance between customers.
  • Museums and monuments, libraries, media centers, and cultural and art fairs; cinemas, theaters, casinos, and game rooms; and music shows and night clubs can be open for normal working hours.  Masks are required.
  • Public and private academic institutions (including international schools) have  resumed in-person instruction.  Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school directly to receive information on the school’s operating status and COVID-19 mitigation measures.
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test result taken up to 48 hours prior may be required of anyone over the age of 18 (and recommended of anyone over the age of 12) in the following situations:
    • Departing Angola;
    • Interprovincial bus travel;
    • Teachers or administrative personnel at educational institutions;
    • Managers, employees, and customers at commercial establishments;
    • Anyone who works at or does business with a public agency;
    • To access restaurants, houses of worship, tourist attractions and accommodations, movie theaters, museums, monuments, theaters, historical sites, casinos, gyms, music venues, event spaces, night clubs, beaches, or public swimming pools;
    • To participate in activities and meetings in enclosed spaces.
  • Any private entity can ask to see a vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test result as a prerequisite for doing business.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Angola?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?  Yes
  • RT-PCR testing for COVID-19 is available at many clinics throughout Luanda, including Mediag, Luanda Medical Center (LMC), Sagrada Esperança, Girassol, Healthgest, and Centralab clinics.  Appointment requests should be made in advance of the date the test is needed.  The cost for the test varies between 120,000 and 187,500 kwanzas.  If you would like the technician to come to your place of employment or home, there is an additional fee.
  • A serological (rapid) test can be obtained at many pharmacies and the following clinics: Luanda Medical Center, Sagrada Esperança, Girassol, Mediag, Cligest, Centralab, and Cedil.  The cost for the rapid test varies between 19,000 and 50,000 kwanzas.  There is an additional fee if the technician comes to your place of employment or home.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the CDC requirement that all travelers arriving to the United States present a negative COVID-19 test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Angola approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.  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 is being used in-country.
  • Are vaccines available in Angola for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes.  Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to register.
  • Which vaccines are available in Angola? The AstraZeneca/Oxford, Pfizer BioNTech, J&J/Janssen, Sputnik V, Sinopharm, and Sinovac vaccines are available.
  • The Angolan government recommends that anyone 12 or over be vaccinated against COVID-19.  To be eligible for the vaccine, a person must be registered at http://www.vacina.gov.ao.  If you are a member of an institution, the institution must be registered.
  • Anyone who receives the vaccine in Angola will be issued a certificate from the Ministry of Health.  The Government of Angola states COVID-19 vaccination documents from foreign public health authorities will be recognized.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
    • 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.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • All passengers arriving internationally to the Aeroporto Internacional Quatro de Fevereiro, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, are required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test at the airport before being allowed to enter Angola.  This test currently costs 11,278.18 kwanzas (around 20 USD) and is charged to passengers upon arrival.  Angolan bank cards (“multicaixa”) are the preferred form of payment; international credit cards may be accepted, although some travelers have reported difficulty in using their American credit cards.  Cash is generally not accepted.  Any unvaccinated travelers who test positive upon arrival may be subject to institutional quarantine after undergoing a medical evaluation.
    • Authorities advise that the requirement to conduct COVID-19 testing at the airport will extend time spent at the airport on arrival.  Passengers are encouraged to be prepared for lengthy delays, possibly outside.
    • Passengers on international flights departing from Angola should be prepared to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 result from a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • The Government of Angola encourages staying indoors and away from public areas, except for urgent and essential reasons. 
  • Are there restrictions on interprovince travel?  Yes
  • The Angolan government requires proof of a negative serological (rapid) COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to boarding domestic flights or when crossing land borders between some provinces.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes, if the conditions below apply.
  • Anyone entering Angola is subject to a 7-day quarantine.  Travelers who present proof of vaccination and test negative upon arrival are exempt.
  • After 7 days, travelers may be discharged from quarantine upon receiving a negative COVID-19 antigen test result.
  • For those unable to quarantine at home, or for those who test positive upon arrival, 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.
  • Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients may be allowed to isolate at home.  Anyone with symptoms, anyone considered vulnerable, anyone who is not able to isolate appropriately in their home, or anyone coming from a country where new variants of COVID-19 are circulating, may be required to go into a government-run health center.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Failure to comply with the Angolan government’s measures carries penalties that vary from fines to potential criminal charges.
  • Not using a mask or using one incorrectly (not covering both the mouth and nose) carries a fine of 15,000 to 20,000 kwanzas.
  • Anyone under home quarantine who leaves their home may face a fine from 250,000 to 350,000 kwanzas.  They will also be placed in institutional quarantine and could face criminal charges.
  • Anyone who is under home isolation (for a suspected/confirmed case) and violates their isolation faces fines of 350,000 to 450,000 kwanzas, possible criminal charges, and mandatory institutional isolation at their own expense.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services:  Anyone requiring services, including passport applications or renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or notarial services must schedule an appointment online in advance.  Appointments are limited to ensure the safety of our staff and our clients.
  • Visa services:  Due to the ongoing Omicron surge, we are only processing F, H, and L visa applications at this time.  Requests for expedited appointments for other non-immigrant visas will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, appointments are limited. For non-immigrant visa appointments, please schedule through our online scheduling system.
  • In line with Angolan government requirements, we require all visitors to the Consular Section to show proof of full vaccination against COVID or a negative COVID test taken within the last 48 hours.

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