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By No owner — last modified Jul 12, 2017 10:37 AM

 Angola - Formalities

Clearance

Entering an official Port of Entry for a short visit for repairs or stores or to visit the town, does not appear to be a problem (see comment below). Ensure all your documentaion is in order.

Last updated July 2017.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for at least 9 months.

Visas for short visits to a port appear to be granted on arrival to cruisers.

If visiting inland, all citizens, except those of Namibia, require a visa in advance. Visas are valid for stays of up to 30 days and can be renewed twice.

Visas can now be applied for online at www.angola.org.uk/visas and take about 15 days. The visa must be used within 60 days of being issued.

Penalties for over-staying a visa is a fine of US$150 per day.

Last updated July 2017.

Customs

Again, ensure paperwork is in order. An 'offical' boat stamp is helpful.

The ban on local currency being taken out of the country has now been lifted.

Last updated July 2017.

Health

Yellow fever inoculations are mandatory.

Protection against malaria essential.

Drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks.

Rabies is common and visitors should take appropriate precautions. The rabies vaccine is in short supply.

The country is classified as having a risk of Zika virus transmission.

Poisonous snakes can be found in most regions of Angola. Scorpions are common in the drier areas. Antidotes are in short supply.

The rural areas are still full of unexploded landmines.

There are several competent private clinics run by expatriate organisations in Luanda. Fees are high and are charged in advance. Outside Luanda health care is very limited.

Restrictions

You must not use cameras, binoculars, maps, GPS equipment, etc. near government buildings of any description.

Taking photographs in the streets can draw the attention of the authorities. Your equipment may be confiscated.

Carry a certified copy of your passport (data page and visa) and/or identity documents at all times for identification purposes or you will be liable for an on-the-spot fine of $US 100.

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Noah D.
Noah D. says:
Jul 11, 2017 06:30 PM

Posted on behalf of Christian Alby:

Concerning security in Angola Coast from Luanda down to the Cunene river down South: no problem whatsoever with piracy or theft in ports, sailing or whilst riding at anchor in isolated anchorages. Plenty of unused fisheries along the coast. Fishermen are friendly and when met offshore will be happy to sell part of their catch or exchange for water & food. They stay up to three days 30nm offshore in open deck wooden boats 18 to 20'.

Be extra careful with charts and information when looking for anchorages and be mindful of sea swells when going ashore in a dinghy. Strong currents and heavy swells can create havoc when beaching or launching.

Just the usual warnings in cities at night. Wear nothing flashy, carry little cash, get information on places to avoid. When in country, respect the people and the hierarchy: go for the boss (otherwise called 'Soba') of the village and present yourself and you will be most welcome as they will make sure that all around know who the strangers are.

Concerning the coast North of Angola, best to avoid the entrance to the Congo river - Cabinda - as armed groups are still active and Angolan Navy are suspicious of illegal entry. There is a little piracy in Congo also, attracted by the offshore oil installations.

Great place for hiking and discovering, but a little poor for sailing (little wind) but in exchange very rarely hit by storms. You see them coming from the North with good advance notice (storm clouds). Not cheap though when looking for imported stuff as the country is struggling with heavy debts draining foreign currency availability (oil trouble since 2014).

Visas can be obtained when entering a port of entry for limited period (time for repairs & stores) and location (port and town). If wishing to visit inland you will need to apply for a tourist visa normally available only from the consulate in your country of origin! Can be obtained form the consulate in RSA, with the help of an agent or with proper documentation including invitation by Angolan Yacht Club. Better be careful with this as local authorities can be touchy about foreigners and documentation.

Same applies with customs: proper documentation with loads of official stamps eases the way in and out.

Hope this helps clear the way to Angola. Not great as a destination, but can be accessed on the way from Cape Town back to the Caribbean.

Christian Alby - France

Bicoco
Bicoco says:
Jun 15, 2017 03:33 PM

For sailors coming from the South (Namibia, RSA) the ports of Namibe & Lobito can be also used as ports of entry as immigration, customs & Coast guard services are present. Often easier than Luanda (small towns) with good facilities in Lobito at the Clube Nautico da Restinga.

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