According to medicinelearners, Angola is a country in Africa bordering Namibia, Zambia and Congo-Kinshasa. The Angolan province of Cabinda does not border Angola. It is completely enclosed between Congo-Kinshasa and Congo-Brazzaville. The capital of Angola is Luanda. The majority of the inhabitants also live in that city (approximately 1 in 3). A number of major cities in Angola are: Benguela, Cabinda, Huambo and Malanje.
Angola used to be known for its coffee exports. Today, this market has subsided and Angola has to rely mainly on oil wells. Much work is also being done in the field of mining. For example, gold, copper, iron ore, lead and zinc are mined in the mines of Angola. Because of the many landmines that are scattered in Angola, little arable and agricultural work is done. Food must therefore largely be imported to feed the population. Angola is known for being one of the poorest countries in Africa. 70% of the population lives below the poverty line. Angola has a rich flora & fauna. There are several national parks and many animal species live in the wild (elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra).
Where is Angola located?
Travel information of Angola
Official name: Republic of Angola
Area: 1,246,700 km²
Capital city: Luanda
Country code: AO, AGO
Population: 32,522,339 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Highest point: 2,620 m (Moco)
Distance (Amsterdam – Luanda): 6,826 km
Flight time: approximately 9 hours and 45 minutes
Current status: Non-essential travel to certain areas in Angola is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow and orange.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Angola that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Angola, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Angola. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Angola?
Weather and climate
Angola has a tropical climate. There are major climate differences between the north, east, south and west. In general, temperatures fluctuate between 20 and 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Angola can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Angola can be found at Climate info.
June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Angola. In these months there is the least precipitation and the temperatures are the most pleasant.
Portuguese is the official language in Angola. In addition, Kongo, Chokwe, Umbundu and Kimbundu are considered national languages.
Would you like to translate from or into Portuguese for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is still valid for 6 months when applying for a visa.
A visa is required. You can apply for this in person at the Angolan consulate in Rotterdam.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Angola: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Angolan Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Angola, it is mandatory to be vaccinated against yellow fever and cholera.
In addition, there are one or more vaccinations that are recommended.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in Angola. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Angola people pay with the Angolan kwanza (AOA).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Angola can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Angola are much higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +66% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (21% more expensive), food (100% more expensive), imported beer in catering (20% cheaper), cigarettes (62% cheaper) and public transport (34% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Angola it is not customary to tip.
During our summer time it is 1 hour earlier in Angola.
During our winter time there is no time difference.
Angola has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Angola can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Angola you have to drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Angola, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Angola.
In Angola, the flat plug known in the Netherlands is used.
More information about electricity in Angola can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 110
– Fire: 118
– Ambulance: 118
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Angola can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Angola can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Angolan websites end in.ao.
Official website of Angola: governo.gov.ao
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Angola is 00244 or +244.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Angola? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in Angola’s Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Angola.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Angola.
An overview of all public holidays in Angola can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in Angola, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Angola?
At Waarbenjij.nu you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Angola. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Angola can be found on Protected Planet.
Angola is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Places of interest
A number of well-known and frequently visited places of interest in Angola are as follows:
– Lunar landscape Miradouro da Lua
– Kalandula waterfalls
– Kissama National Park
– Fort of São Miguel
– National Museum of Slavery
– Serra da Leba mountain range
– Iona National Park
– Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto
– Ship cemetery Luanda
– Tundavala Gorge
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Angola? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Angola.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Angola, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Angola, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Angola.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: No maximum permitted alcohol content.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: Unknown
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Varying punishments.
Did you know that…
…Luanda is the most expensive city in the world for expats?
…Angola was gripped by a civil war from 1975 to 2002?
…The national basketball team has been the strongest in Africa for years?
…The Kizomba and Kuduro music genres originated in Angola?
…Angola, together with Nigeria, is the only oil-producing country in Central and South Africa?