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COVID-19 Information 

Last updated:  October 16, 2020

Country-Specific Information

  • Local transmission of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Angola. The vast majority of cases are in the capital city of Luanda, but instances of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout the 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 is required in all public areas, including anytime you leave your house or hotel room, while using public transport, and in all establishments.  Face masks are not required if you are operating a vehicle alone or exercising outside between the hours of 5:30a.m. and 9p.m.  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 seat guests between the hours of 6a.m. and 10p.m. and can offer take out between the hours of 6a.m. and 11p.m.  Stores, including supermarkets, are open until 9p.m.  Museums and monuments, movie theaters, cultural and art fairs, libraries, and media centers are open but limited to 50 percent capacity.  Religious activities are limited to 50 percent capacity or 150 people and are limited to a maximum duration of 2 hours if held in enclosed spaces.
  • Access to beaches, public swimming pools, and all naval clubs is prohibited through November 7, 2020.  Schools are permitted to hold in-person classes as of October 5, 2020, with most classes scheduled to resume by October 19, 2020.

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. Arriving passengers must re-test within seven days of arrival and be released by the health authorities in order to leave quarantine.  Travelers will generally be allowed to quarantine at home.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
  • The Angolan Ministry of Interior extended the validity of all work, residence, and temporary visas through December 31, 2020.
  • International flights have resumed in a limited capacity. The following reasons for travel are permitted:  Angolan citizens and foreign residents returning to their home; foreign professionals doing work in Angola; foreigners with a work visa; foreigners returning to their home country; official travel; cargo; humanitarian aid; medical emergencies; technical stops; and diplomatic personnel.
  • The Angolan government requires a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to leaving the country; see below for information on testing.
  • Land borders remain closed for all but commercial transport. Domestic flights between Luanda and the remainder of the country’s provinces resumed on September 14, 2020. 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on interstate travel?  Yes
    • The Angolan government requires proof of a negative serological (rapid) COVID-19 test for all travel in and out of Luanda Province. Travelers who cannot show proof of a negative test result are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government-run facility.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes
  • The Angolan government has instituted mandatory home quarantine for anyone entering the country, regardless of citizenship.  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 and is completed after a negative COVID test. For those unable to quarantine at home, 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 patients may be allowed to isolate at home.  Anyone with symptoms, anyone considered vulnerable, or anyone who is not able to isolate appropriately in their home will be required to go into a government-run health center.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • RT-PCR testing for COVID is available at Luanda Medical Center (LMC), Sagrada Esperanca, Girassol, and Centralab clinics by appointment only.  Appointment requests should be made at least five days in advance of the date the test is needed.
  • The cost for the test varies between 120,000 and 187,500 kwanza.  If you would like the technician to come to your place of employment or home, there is an additional fee.  Test results are generally available in 72 hours.
  • Please note that only the RT-PCR test (not the rapid test) will satisfy the requirements of airlines and international airports.  A serological (rapid) test is sufficient for overland or air travel within Angola and can be obtained at the following clinics: Luanda Medical Center, Sagrada Esperanca, Girassol, Mediag, Cligest, Centralab, and Cedil. The cost for the test varies between 19,000 and 50,000 kwanza. There is an additional fee if the technician comes to your place of employment or home.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes
  • Public transportation is limited to 75 percent capacity.

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 5,000 to 10,000 kwanzas.
    • Business and restaurants that operate outside of the proscribed rules face fines of 100,000 to 250,000 kwanzas and possible temporary closure.
    • Leaving the quarantine area of Luanda (without a negative COVID test result) carries a fine of 200,000 to 250,000 kwanzas.  Criminal charges may be brought against anyone who leaves this area.
    • Anyone under home quarantine who leaves their home may face a fine from 150,000 to 250,000 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 250,000 to 300,000 kwanzas, possible criminal charges, and mandatory institutional isolation.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services:  All U.S. citizens in Angola who require consular services are encouraged to email us at ConsularLuanda@state.gov.  Our hours are limited, and we are not currently open for online scheduling of routine services; however, we will schedule emergency appointments for citizenship services, including passport renewals and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, upon request.
  • Visa services:  Our Consular Section remains closed for non-emergency visa processing.  Applicants who wish to request emergency visa services should do so through our online scheduling system.

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