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Angola: how to get there and transport

Angola: how to get there and transport

How do you get to Angola?

The usual way to visit Angola is by plane.


There are direct flights to Luanda from Frankfurt/M, Brussels, Paris and Lisbon. The best way to get to the Cabinda exclave is via Gabon and from there by private plane or helicopter.


The main shipping ports in the country are Cabinda, Lobito, Luanda, Namibe and Malongo.


The railway connections to the neighboring countries are being expanded rapidly. Most of the border crossings to neighboring countries are open again.

Travel in the country

Air connections

There are domestic air connections between all major cities.


There were three railways within the country, with daily trains running between Luanda and Malanje, Luanda, Lobito and Dilolo as well as Luanda, Mocamedes and Menongue. However, rail transport is very irregular due to the uncertain political situation.


There are bus connections between the main cities and especially in the coastal region of the country.

Roads, rental cars

A large part of the road network of around 8,000 km was destroyed in the civil war. But in recent years, hundreds of kilometers of roads have been tidied up and often paved. An international driver's license is required for rental cars.

Ferry connections

Angola has a total of 1,300 km of navigable waterways.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Angola's international license plate is:


Angola: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

To enter Angola, tourists need a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months, a visa and a return or onward ticket. A valid yellow fever vaccination must be proven when entering from a yellow fever infection area. Issuing of visas in Germany

Visa department of the Embassy of Angola

Wallstrasse 58

10179 Berlin

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 240 89 70

Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 24 08 97 57

Email: [email protected]

Import and export of foreign currency

Local currency

The import of the local currency is allowed up to an amount of 15,000 Kwanza, the export is prohibited.

Foreign currencies

The import of foreign currency is permitted without restriction, but must be declared. Export is permitted up to the declared amount.

Import and export of goods

The following articles may be imported into Angola duty-free:

400 cigarettes or 500 g cigars or other tobacco products

1l spirits and 2l wine for people aged 18 and over

250 ml eau de toilette or 5 ml perfume or after shave

personal items as well as gifts with a total value of up to US $ 500.

There is a ban on the import of firearms, ammunition, explosives, medicines and foods that are harmful to health, drugs, pornographic material, 100% alcohol, slot machines, plants from infected areas, postage stamps and valuables. A special permit is required for animal products, animals and parts of animals. There are no known restrictions on the export of goods.

Angola: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

In Angola, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Malaria: There is a high risk of infection throughout the country, including cities, all year round. Up to 90% of the infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • HIV infection, AIDS
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Schistosomiasis mainly in the Maharashtra area
  • cholera
  • Dengue fever disease
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Ebola: There are frequent outbreaks of the hemorrhagic Ebola disease.
  • Filariasis
  • Typhus, especially in the northeast of the country
  • Yellow fever, especially in Luanda and Bengo provinces
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Marburg fever: There are frequent outbreaks of the hemorrhagic Marburg fever.
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Polio, polio
  • Sleeping sickness
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • typhus
  • Tick bite fever

Vaccination recommendations

  • Diphtheria - a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Yellow fever - absolutely !!
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Polio, polio - vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Tetanus - a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies - but only for high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
  • Typhoid - but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever. Since the country itself is one of the yellow fever infection areas designated by the WHO, vaccination is always strongly recommended.

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a "stand-by preparation" with you.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most people in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007. There is even no 10 € practice fee - but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price - that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge. Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis. As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens Service

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 2000

Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 51000

Angola: currency, shopping and exchange rate

The national currency of Angola is the

Kwanza (AON) = 100 Lwei.

The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:

  • 5
  • 10
  • 50
  • 100 AON

Exchange rate

The exchange rate to the euro and other currencies can be found at the following URL:

Bank opening times

Banks in Angola are open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.


Shop opening times

The shops in Angola are usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays sometimes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Inexpensive or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Souvenirs from Angola are wood carvings, jewelery made of ivory, wood and shells as well as plates painted with sand.

Angola: embassies and consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Angola embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Angola embassies and consulates

Representations of Angola in Germany

The embassy of the Republic of Angola in Berlin is located on Wallstrasse in the immediate vicinity of the Brazilian embassy. On May 28, 2001, the Angolan embassy moved into the first floor of the commercial building built between 1999 and 2000 by the Berlin architects Pysall, Stahrenberg und Partner together with the building of the Brazilian embassy. If you want to visit the embassy by public transport, you can use the underground line 2 - Bahnhof "Märkisches Museum" or the bus line 265. Both stops are less than 100 m from the embassy.

Embassy of the Republic of Angola

Wallstrasse 58

10179 Berlin

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 2408 970

Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 2408 9712

Email: [email protected]

Consulate General of the Republic of Angola in Frankfurt am Main

Lyoner Strasse 34, 6th floor

60528 Frankfurt/Main

Tel: 0049 - (0) 69 - 6605 3780

Fax: 0049 - (0) 69 - 6605 37810

Email: [email protected]

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Angola in Bremen

Utbremer Straße 67 (in the house of B&O Gebäudetechnik GmbH & Co.KG)

28217 Bremen

Tel: 0049 - (0) 421 - 3802 3929

Fax: 0049 - (0) 421 - 3802 3917

Email: [email protected]

German representations in Angola

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Luanda

Avenida 4 de Fevreiro

120, Luanda

Embaixada da República Federal da Alemanha

Caixa Postal 12 95

Luanda, Angola

Tel: 00244 - (0) 222 - 334 773

00244 - (0) 222 - 399 269

00244 - (0) 222 - 334 516

Fax: 00244 - (0) 222 - 37 25 51

Email: [email protected]

Austrian representations in Angola

The Federal Republic of Austria does not have a diplomatic representation in Angola; the embassy is responsible in:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Austria in Harare

13, Duthie Road, Alexandra Park

Harare, Zimbabwe

POBox 4120


Tel: 00263 - (0) 4 - 702 921

00263 - (0) 4 - 702 922

00263 - (0) 4 - 707 648

Fax: 00263 - (0) 4 - 705 877

Email: harare-ob @

The Austrian Embassy in Zimbabwe is still responsible for:

  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Zambia

Representations of Angola in Austria

Embassy of the Republic of Angola

Seilerstätte 15/10 - 11

1010 Vienna

Tel: 0043 - (0) 1 - 718 7488

Fax: 0043 - (0) 1 - 718 7486

Email: [email protected]

Swiss representation in Angola

Embassy Harare, Embassy of Switzerland in Luanda

Rua Agostinho Tomé das Neves 8

Bairro da Maianga



Embaixada da Suiça

Caixa Postal 3163

Correio central



Tel: 00244 - (0) 222 - 353 710

00244 - (0) 222 - 352 316

Fax: 00244 - (0) 222 - 353 689

Email: [email protected]


Representations of Angola in Switzerland

Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Bern

Laubeggstrasse 18

3006 Bern

Tel: 0041 - (0) 31 - 351 8585

Fax: 0041 - (0) 31 - 351 8586

[email protected]






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