In order to come to visit the country, tourists should have passport and visa issued by an Angolan Consulate in the country of origin; some documents are required as photos, passport and a filled form. You can obtain further information about forms at www.consuladogeral-angola.pt.
The International Health Regulations stipulates that the only vaccine to be demanded to travelers for crossing the borders is the Yellow Fever Vaccine. This vaccine is not recommended to infants younger than 9 months of age. It can cause soreness, redness and swelling after the shot was given, as well as fever and headaches for 2 or 3 days. It is also not recommended to persons with a history of allergy to egg proteins and to those who suffer from diseases that affect the immune system. Its validity lasts for ten years.
Whenever you want to travel outside Europe you should go to a Travel Health Consultation. If you are traveling with your family, namely with children or aged persons, you should be aware of the special care they need.
Travel health consultations are made by doctors familiar with infectious diseases and tropical medicine (traveling department).
There are consultations and international vaccinations centres all over the country.
An international or a local driving license is required in order to drive a car.
To travel to another city you can drive a car, or to fly there. The only way of traveling to Cabinda is by plane. Angola has a good airport network which covers the entire country.
Car traffic is made on the right hand. There are several rent-a-car companies. Public transportation in the main cities is still not enough for the needs.
For further information, please see: Hertz (Luanda) Tel: (+244) 222 393 679 Europcar (Luanda) Tel: (+244) 222 641 580 Avis (Luanda) Tel : (+244) 222 321 551 Inter Rent - Angola (Luanda) Tel: (+244) 222 331 233 R.M.C - Rent A Car, Lda (Benguela) Tel: (+244) 272 226 227 Inter Rent - Angola (Luanda) Tel: (+244) 222 331 233
There is a TAXI company in Luanda since January 2010.
An individual taxicab service is provided in Luanda by Afritaxis, from 19 points of the province: 4 de Fevereiro International Airport (International and Domestic terminals), Centro Comercial Chamavo, Correios de Angola headquarters and Square in front of the Agriculture Ministry, Sagrada Família, Hotel Trópico, Mutamba, Presidente, Continental and Alvalade hotels, Dhália, Clínica do Prenda, Américo Boavida and Maria Pia Hospitals, Lucrécia Paim and Augusto Ngangula maternity hospitals, Luanda Island e Belas Shopping.
Fares are taximeter controlled. The initial fare is 300 kwanzas plus 30 kwanzas by kilometre.
In spite of being located in a tropical zone, Angola has an uncharacteristically tropical climate due to the confluence of three factors:
- the Benguela cold current along the south coast. - the inland relief. - the Namibe desert influence, in the southwest.
The climate of Angola has, consequently, two main seasons: the Rainy Season, from October to April, and the Dry Season (cacimbo), from May to September, which has colder temperatures. While the coastline shows higher rainfall, that decreases from North to South and from 80 mm to 50 mm, and has average annual temperatures above 23ºC, the inland can be divided in three different areas:
- higher rainfall and higher temperatures in the North. - a dry season with average temperatures of 19ºC in the Central Plateau. - strong thermal amplitudes in the South due to the proximity of the Kalahari desert and the influence of tropical air masses.
The weather is hot and wet in the rainy season, October to April, and mild and dry, in the cacimbo season, May to September. Clothing should be light through all the year; life in the inland requires warmer clothes.
Concerning telecommunications, there are several fixed line operators, which allow easy connections to and from the outside by telephone as well as by fax or internet. There are also two mobile phone networks.
To make an international call, you should dial 00 plus de country code (Portugal 351; Spain 34,...) plus the phone number. To make an international call to Angola you should dial the international code, followed by the country code (244) and the phone number.
1st January New Year; World Peace Day 4th February Beginning of Armed Fight 8th March International Women's Day 4th April Abril Peace Day 14th April - Angolan Youth 1st May - Worker`s Day 17th September National Hero Dr. Agostinho Neto's Day 2nd November All Saints Day 11th November Independence Day 25th December Christmas
Note: Whenever a holiday coincides with a weekly rest day, it will be postponed to the first following business day.
Important business should be closed personally. Negotiations could be carried in English, but it is necessary to make sure if an interpreter is needed.
Angolans are, in general, friendly and cheerful people. Lunch is usually between noon and 3 p.m. Dinner is usually between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Lunch is often a crucial time for business. Meeting business partners personally is seen as an important event.
Angolans are courteous, serviceable and receptive to visitors. Because of their entrepreneurship they are equally rather receptive to new business ideas.
ANIP is the National Agency for Private Investment and its aim is to promote private investment by Angolan citizens as well as foreigners in well identified industrial sectors and development areas. ANIP works within a legal frame which provides financial stimulus to the investment and aims to give support to investors through modern application procedures.For further information, please see: www.investinangola.com.