COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: June 14, 2022

***Effective June 12, 2022, the pre-departure testing requirements for air travelers to the United States have been lifted.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order from December 2, 2021 requiring persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded, effective June 12, 2022.  This means air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the U.S. regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.  Travelers should verify the COVID-19 entry requirements for all transit or layover countries, as these may still require a negative test result.  All U.S.-bound nonimmigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers are still required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the U.S. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.***

***The following guidelines are in effect as of May 16, 2022, when the Government of Angola announced the end of the State of Public Calamity related to the COVID-19 pandemic.***

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.  Please visit the Angolan COVID-19 Commission’s website for more information.
  • The use of a face mask (covering both nose and mouth) is required in all public-access indoor areas.
  • Any private entity can ask to see a vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken no later than 48 hours prior, as a prerequisite for doing business, or gaining entry.  CDC vaccination cards, which do not have QR codes, are not always accepted as valid proof of vaccination.  If possible, travelers should also carry vaccination records that contain a QR code from their medical provider, or state’s department of public health.

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 has been 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 can 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.  U.S. travelers are encouraged to have their CDC vaccination cards formally recognized by the Angolan government, which will result in the issuance of an Angolan certificate, as the CDC card is not widely accepted for travel or throughout Angola.
  • 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, except those on layover, 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.  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 test result if required by the airline or destination/transit country.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on interprovince travel?  No

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival may be required to complete a period of home isolation.

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.

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.
  • Visa services:  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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