Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Angola. Some areas have increased risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp and or visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

[244] 946440977 or Tel: 222641000; US Embassy in Luanda, Rua Houari Boumediene 32, (in the Miramar area of Luanda), Luanda, Angola, C.P. 6468;;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

emergency response number 112, Ambulance: 118; Fire: 118; Police: 110


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for all travelers. See WHO recommendations.


Semiarid in south and along the coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (November to April)

Currency (Code)

Kwanza (AOA)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C

Plug Type C

Major Languages

Portuguese 71.2% (official), Umbundu 23%, Kikongo 8.2%, Kimbundu 7.8%, Chokwe 6.5%, Nhaneca 3.4%, Nganguela 3.1%, and other minority languages

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 41.1%, Protestant 38.1%

Time Difference

UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Luanda; Kissama National Park; Tundavala Gap; Dilolo Lake; Kalandula Falls; Benguela; Maiombe Forest

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball, handball

Cultural Practices

If you are invited to an Angolan's home, bring fruit, flowers, or chocolates to the host.

Tipping Guidelines

If a service charge is not included in the bill, a tip of 10% is acceptable, though is not officially encouraged.


Wood carvings, pottery, malachite sculptures; tribal masks, weapons, baskets, and drums; precious stone necklaces, woven rugs, tapestries/textiles

Traditional Cuisine

Moambe chicken — a savory chicken dish made by combining chicken, spices, and palm butter to create a stew-like consistency

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Thursday, September 08, 2022