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

 Angola - General Info

Time Zone

UTC + 1

Money

Kwanza (Kz)

US$1 = 80Kz (approx 2009)

ATMs exist but do not generally accept foreign cards.

Travellers' cheques are not accepted.

Credit cards only accepted in a few places (hotels, airlines etc.)

US dollars are widely accepted.

Communications

International dialing code for Angola is +244.

There is limited mobile phone coverage and some internet availability.

Transport

Although improving, the roads in Angola are in a very poor state.

Several international airlines provide flights in and out of the country, including British Airways and Air France.

Local minibus transport is unsafe.

Update History

July 2017: Formalities and security updated from comment by Christian Alby.
November 2015: Immigration, customs, health and restrictions updated.
November 2013: Formalities checked/updated.

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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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