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Angola

Angola: At a glance

Capital: Luanda

Population: 29.78 million

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Angola: Travel Health Information

Angola is known for its 1,700 km (1,000 mile) coastline and beaches, national parks, and rainforest. Travellers can take in wildlife including giraffes and elephants on a safari park tour, or hike to the Kalandula Falls. Visitors can also take a tour of the capital city Luanda to see historical and cultural monuments and explore the city’s colonial architecture.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Angola may differ from your home country. Angola has a public healthcare system and a private health sector. Public healthcare does not meet international standards due to under-funding and staff shortages. Medical equipment in public facilities can be outdated and healthcare personnel capacity may be limited. Private medical care in Luanda meets international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Angola typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Angola.

Pharmacies and medications

Most pharmacies are located in Luanda. Shortages of routine medicines are common. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip. Pharmacies in hospitals and clinics are open 24 hours.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Angola’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Many roads in Angola are in poor condition. It is common for people to drive under the influence of alcohol, especially on weekends, which may pose a risk for other drivers and pedestrians. Pedestrians and animals on the streets may also be a hazard for drivers. Seat belts must be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times.



Angola: At a glance

Capital: Luanda

Population: 29.78 million

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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