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Comoros

Comoros: At a glance

Capital: Moroni

Population: 813,912

Official languages: French, Arabic, Comorian

Time zone: Eastern African Time

Emergency #: 17

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Comoros: Travel Health Information

Comoros is known for its natural landscapes, including its beaches and salt-water lakes. Mitsamiouli Beach and Lac Sale are popular destinations for tourists, as well as hiking Mt. Karthala volcano.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Comoros may differ from your home country. There is no formal healthcare system in Comoros so the quality of care and availability of medical facilities is limited. Public facilities are small, understocked, understaffed, and in poor condition. Private facilities often fail and close down due to the high costs of care being unaffordable to many locals.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Comoros typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for 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 Comoros.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are extremely limited in Comoros. Comoros’ reliance on foreign imports means that medicines are often in short supply. Make sure to pack an adequate supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Comoros’ 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 Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.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

Roads in Comoros are generally in poor condition. Roads may be narrow, congested, unpaved and poorly lit, which may pose a risk to travellers. Paved roads may be poorly maintained. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times.



Comoros: At a glance

Capital: Moroni

Population: 813,912

Official languages: French, Arabic, Comorian

Time zone: Eastern African Time

Emergency #: 17

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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