Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Angola on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some third countries have placed additional entry restrictions on people travelling from Angola. If you are travelling from Angola, you should check the entry requirements published by your destination country to make sure you understand any specific restrictions. Airline schedules may change at short notice, and airlines may have additional requirements in place, for example specifying the type of face mask that must be worn on board. If you have a flight booked, you should read their requirements in detail and check with your airline before travelling.
There are a number of indirect commercial flights between the UK and Angola operated by TAP Air Portugal, Lufthansa, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines. Because of ongoing conflict in Ethiopia, you should check our Ethiopia Travel Advice if you plan on transiting through Ethiopia.
Angola’s borders are temporarily closed to all foreign nationals except those with resident and/or work permits and those on official, humanitarian or business visits. This restriction is due to be reviewed on 13 February 2022. See Entry requirements
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Angola.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
If you test positive for COVID-19 in Angola before returning to the UK, you must self-isolate in private accommodation or in a hotel, for 10 days. If you are visiting and staying in a hotel, you may be asked to self-isolate in your room.
If you test positive, the Angolan authorities may occasionally conduct wellbeing checks during the period of quarantine, to ensure self-isolation compliance. You are not permitted to leave your accommodation during self-isolation. Food and household essentials can be ordered online and will be delivered to your hotel room or private accommodation.
Travel in Angola
Travel around the country is permitted, but the Angolan government has imposed a number of restrictions and public health measures to limit the spread of the virus:
- you are encouraged to stay at home, particularly between midnight and 5am
- you should only go out if required (e.g. to work or shop) and practise social distancing
- face masks are compulsory in all public spaces and enclosed public areas including public transport, shops, and educational facilities. Immediate on-the-spot fines will be issued for non-compliance
- higher fines will be imposed for breaching a number of restrictions
Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. You should contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place.
Public places and services
The majority of shops, banks, restaurants and markets continue to operate, with some restrictions (e.g. reduced opening hours) and, since 1 November, you may be required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter. Angola will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. It is recommended that you carry a printed copy whilst in Angola. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
Further COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place including capacity limits for events, meetings and funerals. There are limits on the numbers allowed to do collective sports. Public beaches are closed to help control the spread of the virus.
Healthcare in Angola
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your nearest clinic or medical centre or dial 111 to contact the public health authorities.
COVID-19 Vaccines if you live in Angola
We will update this page when the Government of Angola announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Angolan national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Sinopharm and Sputnik V vaccines. The Government of Angola has stated that British nationals resident in Angola are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Ministry of Health website (only in Portuguese).
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad. If you’re a British national living in Angola, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
Further guidance from the Angolan government on coronavirus (only available in Portuguese) can be found on the Angolan government’s COVID-19 page.