Last updated: January 15, 2021
The vast majority of cases of COVID-19 are in the capital city of Luanda, but instances of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout the provinces. Officials continue to monitor the individuals who have tested positive. Please visit the Angolan COVID-19 Commission’s website for the most up-to-date case numbers.
The use of a face mask is required in all public areas, including anytime you leave your house or hotel room, while using public transport, and in all establishments. Face masks are not required if you are operating a vehicle alone or exercising outside. Individual and group exercise is permitted between the hours of 5a.m. to 8a.m. and 5p.m. to 8p.m. Groups exercising together are limited to no more than ten people. Everyone is encouraged to adhere to social distancing.
Health centers and hospitals are fully operational. Restaurants are open from 6a.m. to 10p.m. for table service or takeout. In person dining is limited to 50 percent capacity with no more than four guests per table. Stores, including supermarkets, can remain open until 10p.m. Museums and monuments, movie theaters, cultural and art fairs, libraries, and media centers are open but limited to 50 percent capacity. Religious activities are limited to four days a week with no more than 50 percent capacity or 150 people and are limited to a maximum duration of 2 hours if held in enclosed spaces.
Recreational use of beaches, public swimming pools, and marinas is prohibited through February 11, 2021. Secondary schools and universities are permitted to hold in-person classes. Classes for primary-school aged students remain suspended but are expected to reopen in February.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are foreign citizens permitted to enter?
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
As of January 16, 2021, upon arrival at the Aeroporto Internacional Quatro de Fevereiro in Luanda, all arriving passengers on international flights, regardless of citizenship, will be required to take a COVID test at the airport before being allowed to enter the country. Anyone testing positive will be required to enter institutional quarantine.
Authorities advise that the requirement to conduct COVID testing at the airport will extend time spent to pass through customs. Passengers are encouraged to be prepared for delays that may include standing for long periods of time, possibly outside.
The Angolan Ministry of Interior extended the validity of all work, residence, and temporary visas through February 28, 2021.
International flights have resumed in a limited capacity. Flights to or from South Africa, Australia, Nigeria and the United Kingdom have been suspended as of December 26, 2020. Flights to and from Portugal and Brazil are suspended as of January 24, 2021.
The Angolan government requires a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to leaving the country, a negative COVID test upon arrival at the airport, and negative test to leave quarantine; see below for information on testing.
Land borders remain closed for all but commercial transport.
Domestic flights between Luanda and the remainder of the country’s provinces resumed on September 14, 2020.
Is a curfew in place? No
The Angolan government recommends staying indoors and away from public areas between the hours of 10p.m. and 5a.m.
Are there restrictions on interstate travel? Yes
The Angolan government requires proof of a negative serological (rapid) COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to boarding domestic flights.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
The Angolan government has instituted mandatory home quarantine for anyone entering the country, regardless of citizenship. Government regulations require arriving passengers to re-test ten days after arrival and be released by the health authorities in order to leave quarantine. For those unable to quarantine at home, or for those who test positive upon arrival, the Government of Angola has set up multiple quarantine sites throughout the country, including two quarantine sites just outside of the capital city of Luanda.
Asymptomatic COVID patients may be allowed to isolate at home. Anyone with symptoms, anyone considered vulnerable, or anyone who is not able to isolate appropriately in their home will be required to go into a government-run health center.
RT-PCR testing for COVID is available at Luanda Medical Center (LMC), Sagrada Esperanca, Girassol, and Centralab clinics by appointment only. Appointment requests should be made at least five days in advance of the date the test is needed. The cost for the test varies between 120,000 and 187,500 kwanza. If you would like the technician to come to your place of employment or home, there is an additional fee. Test results are generally available within 72 hours.
A serological (rapid) test can be obtained at the following clinics: Luanda Medical Center, Sagrada Esperanca, Girassol, Mediag, Cligest, Centralab, and Cedil. The cost for the rapid test varies between 19,000 and 50,000 kwanza. There is an additional fee if the technician comes to your place of employment or home.
Please note that only the RT-PCR test (not the rapid test) will satisfy the requirements of airlines and international airports.
Are commercial flights operating? Yes
Is public transportation operating? Yes
Public transportation is limited to 75 percent capacity.
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 10,000 to 15,000 kwanzas.
Business and restaurants that operate outside of the proscribed rules face fines of 200,000 to 350,000 kwanzas and possible temporary closure.
Leaving the quarantine area of Luanda (without a negative COVID test result) carries a fine of 250,000 to 350,000 kwanzas. Criminal charges may be brought against anyone who leaves this area.
Anyone under home quarantine who leaves their home may face a fine from 150,000 to 250,000 kwanzas. They will also be placed in institutional quarantine and could face criminal charges. Anyone who is under home isolation (for a suspected/confirmed case) and violates their isolation faces fines of 250,000 to 300,000 kwanzas, possible criminal charges, and mandatory institutional isolation.