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Last updated: October 7, 2021
All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days 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.
- The majority of COVID-19 cases are in the capital city of Luanda, but COVID-19 has 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.
- In the city of Luanda, individual and group exercise is permitted between the hours of 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Groups exercising together are limited to no more than five people. Everyone is encouraged to adhere to social distancing.
- Within Luanda, health centers and hospitals are fully operational. Restaurants can be open Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. In person dining is limited to 50 percent capacity with no more than four guests per table. Stores, including supermarkets, can remain open until 8:00 p.m. Museums and monuments, libraries, and media centers must close by 6 p.m.; cultural and art fairs by 8 p.m.; movie theaters by 10 p.m., and all are limited to 50 percent capacity. Night clubs remain closed. Religious activities are limited to 50 percent capacity up to a maximum of 100 people with a maximum duration of two hours if held in enclosed spaces. Gatherings in one’s home are permitted up to 15 people.
- As of October 15, proof of vaccination (at least one dose) or a negative COVID test is required of anyone over the age of 18 in the following situations:
- Teachers or administrative personnel at educational institutions;
- Managers and employees at commercial establishments;
- Anyone who works at or does business with a public agency;
- To access restaurants, movie theaters, museums, theaters, historical sites, casinos, or music venues;
- To use gyms or sporting facilities;
- To participate in activities and meetings in closed spaces.
- Any private entity can ask to see a vaccination card as a prerequisite for doing business.
- Beaches and public swimming pools are temporarily closed. Recreational use of boats is permitted, up to 50 percent of capacity.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Angola? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- RT-PCR testing for COVID is available at Mediag, Luanda Medical Center (LMC), Sagrada Esperanca, Girassol, Healthgest, 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.
- A serological (rapid) test can be obtained at the following clinics: Luanda Medical Center, Sagrada Esperanca, Girassol, Mediag, Cligest, Centralab, and Cedil. The cost for the rapid 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.
- Please note that only the RT-PCR test will satisfy the requirements of airlines and international airports.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the CDC requirement that all travelers arriving to the United States present a negative COVID 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. Angola has also received the Pfizer and J&J/Janssen vaccines, through the COVAX program. The Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines have not been officially approved but are being used in-country.
- Are vaccines available in Angola for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to register.
- Which vaccines are available in Angola? The AstraZeneca/Oxford, Pfizer BioNTech, J&J/Janssen, Sputnik V, and Sinovac vaccines are available.
- The Angolan government recommends that anyone 18 or over be vaccinated against COVID. In order 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.
- 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.
- Passengers are also required to complete an online Travel Registration Form.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- As of January 16, 2021, upon arrival at the Aeroporto Internacional Quatro de Fevereiro in Luanda, all arriving passengers on international flights, regardless of citizenship, may be required to take a COVID test at the airport before being allowed to enter the country. This test may be at the traveler’s expense. Anyone testing positive will be subject to institutional quarantine.
- Authorities advise that the requirement to conduct COVID testing at the airport will extend time spent to pass through customs. Passengers are encouraged to be prepared for lengthy delays, possibly outside.
- International travelers arriving in Luanda with a tourist visa are advised that immigration authorities may hold their passport from their arrival in Angola until the traveler presents a second negative COVID-19 result following seven days of quarantine.
- International flights have resumed in a limited capacity. Suspensions of flights to and from Portugal, South Africa. Brazil, Nigeria, and India have been lifted. These flights will resume on a gradual basis.
- The Angolan government requires travelers leaving the country to present a negative COVID results from a test taken 72 hours prior to travel as well as proof of vaccination.
- 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- The Angolan government recommends staying indoors and away from public areas between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
- Are there restrictions on interstate 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.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, except those who present proof of full vaccination and test negative for COVID upon arrival in Angola.
- For those who are not fully vaccinated, the Angolan government has instituted mandatory home quarantine for anyone entering the country, regardless of citizenship. Government regulations require arriving passengers to re-test seven days after arrival and be released by the health authorities in order to leave quarantine. 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 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 are circulating, will be required to go into a government-run health center.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Public transportation is limited to 75 percent capacity.
Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)
- 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.
- Fines for accessing a beach or public pool are 30,000 to 50,000 kwanzas.
- Business and restaurants that operate outside of the proscribed rules face fines of 350,000 to 450,000 kwanzas and possible temporary closure.
- 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.
- 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: Routine processing of non-immigrant and immigrant visas has resumed; however, appointments are limited. For non-immigrant visa appointments, please schedule through our online scheduling system.
- In line with Angolan government requirements, beginning October 15 we will require all visitors to the Consular Section to show either proof of having had at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID or a COVID test taken within the last seven days.
- For updated information on the State of Calamity, please visit the Angolan government’s official website. Visit the local government’s Ministry of Health website for updated information on COVID-19 in Angola.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- International travel information for Angola
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