Canadian citizens and permanent residents need a visa to travel to Angola, just like most people throughout the world. The Angola tourist visa is valid for 30 days and must be used within 60 days of approval. Angola is believed to be joining the KAZA visa program in the near future. Transit visas are not normally required if you are not leaving the airport.
- Angolan Climate
- Angolan Culture
- Angolan Embassy in Canada
- Travel Alerts
- Calling Angola
- Angolan Money
- Angolan Electrical Information
- Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Angola
- Calling Canada from Angola
- Transportation: Buses and Taxis
Angola is located in tropical Africa, and can be devided into five climate zones. Like most tropical countries, it has a dry season and a rainy season. The climate zones are:
- tropical savanna climate in the north of the country (and a little bit in the extreme southeast);
- humid subtropical climate in the east;
- subtropical oceanic highland climate in the centre-west of the country;
- warm, semi-arid climate along the southern border and along the central and north coast (including Luanda, the capital city);
- warm dessert climate in the extreme southwest of the country.
All parts of Angola experience a cooler “winter” from June to September and a rainy “summer” the rest of the year. In the north, there is a lot more rain than in other parts of the country.
For most of Angola, the rainy season lasts from October to May, though it is extended in the far north of the country.
The dry season in Angola is typically hot as well, but the heat and dryness both depend on which climate region you are in – the tropical areas are hotter and wetter even in the “dry” season, the sub-tropical areas are milder and dryer, with the exception of the dessert regions.
Weather for Luanda
The capital and most populous city of Angola is Luanda. Luanda is located on the semi-arid coast. The table below highlights the average weather for Luanda throughout the year.
|Record high °C||32.8||35.0||35.0||34.4||36.1||31.7||29.4||28.3||28.9||31.7||36.7||34.4||36.7|
|Average high °C||28.3||29.4||30.0||29.4||27.8||25.0||23.3||23.3||24.4||26.1||27.8||28.3||26.9|
|Daily mean °C||25.8||26.7||27.0||26.7||25.3||22.5||20.8||20.6||21.9||23.9||25.3||25.8||24.4|
|Average low °C||23.3||23.9||23.9||23.9||22.8||20.0||18.3||17.8||19.4||21.7||22.8||23.3||21.8|
|Record low °C||20.6||21.1||21.1||21.1||17.8||15.0||14.4||14.4||16.7||18.3||20.0||19.4||14.4|
|Average precipitation days
(≥ 0.1 mm)
|Average relative humidity (%)||77.5||75.5||77.0||79.5||79.5||78.5||79.5||81.0||80.0||79.0||78.0||77.0||78.5|
Here are some things you need to know about Angola and its cultural traditions.
- Angola is the 7th largest country in Africa, but there are only about 24 million Angolans, making the country one of the least dense in Africa and the world.
- Though the official language of Angola is Portuguese, the country recognizes six native languages and the population speaks over 100 different dialects.
- Angola has many Christians of different sects, as well as somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 Mulisms.
- Angola is home to a number of different African tribes – there are about 10 major tribes and numerous off-shoots.
1970 Map of Angolan Ethnicities [Public Domain]
- Angolan music is usually thought of as a mixture of traditional African music, Portuguese music and Brazilian music. Angola’s semba music is closely related to Brazil’s samba music.
Languages of Angola
Portuguese is the native language of approximately 40% of the population and the second language of the vast majority of the people. French is also spoken as a native or second language in Cabdina and some other northern areas.
At independence, the new country of Angola selected six of the different tribal languages to be “national” languages, taught across the country. All six languages are from the Bantu family. Those six are:
|Language||Speakers in Angola|
|Kikongo||1.5 million approximately|
There are a number of ethnic groups in Angola:
|Ethnic Group||Language||Religion||Approximate Population|
|Ovimbundu||Umbundu||Christian (IECA, Catholic)||6 million|
|Ambundu||Kimbundu, Portuguese||Christianity, Bantu religions||4 million|
|Bakongo||Kikongo, Lingala, Portuguese, French||Christianity, Bantu religions||1.5 million|
|Other AFrican (Ambo, Herero, Xindonga,
Ganguela, Haneca-Humbe, Chokwe)
|Uchokwe, Ukwanyama, Nganguela, etc.||Various||5.3 million|
Etiquette in Angola
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There are 11 types of visas for Angola, which makes it somewhat confusing as to what you need. What most people are looking for is an “Ordinary Visa,” the name Angola uses for a regular tourist visa.
General Requirements for Angolan Visas
The applicant must
- Hold a Canadian or foreign passport valid for a minimum of six months;
- Have completed the application forms;
- Provide an itinerary;
- Provide an Invitation Letter;
- Provide proof of vaccination;
- Paid the application fees;
- Provide proof of no criminal record, translated into Portuguese.
Submitting an Angolan Visa Application in Person
All visas must be submitted in person to the Embassy of Angola in Ottawa between the hours of 9:30AM and 3:30PM. (Note: The Embassy closes for Lunch.)
Please see the list of diplomatic missions in Canada below.
Eligibility for an Angolan Tourist Visa
You can apply for a Angolan Ordinary Visa if you are coming to Angola for recreation, sports or a “cultural visit” and you are not planning on staying longer than 30 days.
Terms and Conditions of Your Angolan Ordinary Visa
- You must enter Angola within 60 days after receiving the visa.
- You must leave Angola within 30 days of entering.
- The visa holder cannot engage in any “paid activity” nor can they establish residence
Requirements for an Angolan Ordinary Visa
In order to get your Ordinary Visa, you must submit the following to the Embassy:
- Copies of biographical pages and visa pages of your Canadian (or foreign) passport (validity must be greater than 6 months).
- Two application forms, fully completed.
- Two passport photos.
- Copy of your International Vaccination Card.
- Copy of your itinerary in Angola.
- Your letter of Invitation authenticated by the Angolan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX).
- A Money Order of CAD$125, payable to the Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Canada.
You can pick up the Visa on Fridays between 9:30 and 3:30 at the Embassy in Ottawa.
There is no business visa for Angola. You can apply for an ordinary visa, provided you will not be receiving any money. If you will be receiving funds, you will have to apply for a Work Visa.
|Type of Visa||Type of Travel|
|Diplomatic, Official and Courtesy Visas||For diplomats and “offical characters”|
|Priviledged Visa||For investors|
|Transit Visa||For people travelling through Angola to another country|
|Work Visa||There are 6 types.|
|Tourism Visa||The same as an ordinary visa but with stricter requirements|
|Short Stay Visa||For travellers staying in Angola between 72 hours and 7 days|
|Temporary Stay Visa||Stay in Angola up to 1 year|
|Residence Visa||Stay in Angola up to 120 days (extendable)|
All Canadian passport holders, whether they are holders of diplomatic passports, service passports, with Business and Tourism purposes, are required to get a visa before they can enter Angola.
There is only the Embassy of Angola in Ottawa, where you must submit your visa application in person.
|Vaccination or Disease||Recommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases|
|Routine||Required if you are not up-to-date with routine shots, such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.|
|Hepatitis A||Highly recommended for all unvaccinated travellers|
|Hepatitis B||Recommended for all unvaccinated travellers who will have sex, get a tattoo or receive medical care while in Angola|
|Malaria||Highly recommended as you can be exposed to Malaria in all parts of Angola|
|Typhoid||Highly recommended for all unvaccinated travellers|
|Yellow Fever||Required for all travellers 9 months of age or older. You must submit proof of vaccination with your visa application.|
Other Health Considerations
If you would like more health information about Angola, please let us know by completing the form at the bottom of this page.
Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Angola
To make a direct call to Angola from Canada, you need to follow the international dialing format given in the box below. The dialing format is same for calling Angola from a mobile or land line from Canada.
To call Angola from Canada
Dial 011 – 244 – 9 digit local number
- 011 – Exit code for Canada, and is needed for making any international call from Canada
- 244 – ISD Code or Country Code of Angola
List of area codes in Angola
Area Codes are included in the local number when you dial.
|Area Code||Area/City||Area Code||Area/City||Area Code||Area/City||Area Code||Area/City|
|358||N’Dalatando||36||Kuanza Sul||363||Sumbe||364||Porto Amboim|
|728||Baía Farta||729||Catumbela||777||Dama Universal|
Angola is on West Africa Time (GMT+1). They do not observe Daylight Savings.
|Canadian Time Zone||# of Hours Difference with Angola||# of Hours Difference during Canadian DST|
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours||8 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||8 hours||7 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan)||7 hours||6 hours (except Saskatchewan)|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||6 hours||5 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||5 hours||4 hours|
|Newfoundland||4.5 hours||3.5 hours|
Angola uses the Kwanza (AOK). Use the converter below to see how it compares to the Canadian dollar:
|3-Course Meal for Two||USD$65.00||USD$60.00-$80.00|
|Fast Food Combo||USD$20.00||USD$15.00-$25.00|
|Domestic Beer (Pint)||USD$2.00||USD$2.00-$3.00|
|Imported Beer (333ml bottle)||USD$3.00||USD$2.00-$5.00|
|Soda Pop (333ml can or bottle)||USD$1.34||USD$1.00-$2.00|
|Water (333ml bottle)||USD$1.00||USD$1.00-$1.02|
|Milk (1 litre)||USD$2.26||USD$1.73-$3.00|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||USD$1.71||USD$1.30-$2.50|
|Local Cheese (1kg)||USD$26.95||USD$20.00-$35.85|
|Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (kg)||USD$9.41||USD$9.00-S10.00|
|Head of Lettuce||USD$3.00||USD$3.00-$3.00|
|Water (1.5 litre bottle)||USD$1.29||USD$1.00-$1.50|
|Decent Bottle of Wine||USD$15.00||USD$10.00-$16.39|
|Domestic Beer (tallboy)||USD$1.68||USD$1.00-$2.05|
|Imported Beer (333ml litre bottle)||USD$1.58||USD$1.50-$1.70|
|Pack of Cigarettes||USD$1.70||USD$1.54-$2.00|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transit)||USD$1.00||USDD$1.00|
|Monthly Pass (Regular Price)||USD$60.00||USD$60.00|
|Taxi Starting Price)||USD$1.50||USD$0.51-$2.00|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Traffic)||USD$1.51||USD$0.51-$2.50|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting||USD$12.00||USD$12.00|
|Gasoline (1 litre)||USD$0.73||USD$0.60-$1.00|
|1 minute of Prepaid Mobile Phone (No Discounts or Plans)||USD$0.60||USD$0.21-$1.00|
|Sports And Leisure||Average||Price Range|
|1 Hour Tennis Court Rental||USD$20.00||US$20.00|
|1 Ticket for a Hollywood Movie||USD$17.00||USD$15.00-$20.00|
|Clothing And Shoes||Average||Price Range|
|1 Pair of Jeans||USD$150.00||USD$150.00|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store||USD$100.00||USD$100.00|
|1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes||USD$160.00||USD$120.00-S200.00|
|1 Pair of Men’s Leather Business Shoes||USD$118.67||USD$56.00-$200.00|
You can exchange money at the following places:
- bureaux de changes
- grocery stores with “change windows”
- and even on the street (at black market rates).
The best rates are at the bureaux de changes. It’s more likely you will be able to change American dollars or Euros for Kwanzas, rather than Canadian dollars. Be aware that Banks may not have enough Kwanzas to exchange for your dollars or Euros.
Most ATMs do not allow you to access your home bank account. Most ATMs are in Luanda or a few of the other major cities. There are no ATMs outisde of major cities at the moment. Better off bringing cash.
Traveler’s cheques are not accepted in many places in Angola. Do not bring them with you.
Credit Cards are not normally accepted at most places, including many hotels and restaurants. A few in Luanda may accept them. Also, the few ATMS will likely not accept your credit cards.
Tipping is not common in Angola, however, as a westerner, with a lot more money than most Angolans, it is considered good form to tip at least a little bit:
|Bars||Round up to the next major domination of Kwanza if you’re feeling generous, but it is not expected|
|Hotels||More expensive hotels will add a tip to your bill but this may not go to the staff. Feel free to give a tip to any staff that help you out or clean your room|
|Restaurants||If you’re very happy with your meal, tip 10%, but it is not expected|
|Taxi||Round up to the next major denomination of Kwanza|
|Tours||Tip your Guide 10% and tip your Driver 5%|
Portuguese Phrases Related to Money
|Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars?||Aceita dólares americanos / australianos / canadianos?|
|Do you accept British pounds?||Aceita libras britânicas?|
|Do you accept Euros?||Aceita Euros?|
|Do you accept credit cards?||Aceita cartões de crédito?|
|Can you change money for me?||Posso cambiar dinheiro para mim?|
|Where can I get money changed?||Onde posso cambiar dinheiro?|
|Money or Cash||Dinheiro|
|Numbers||um, dois, três, quatro, cinco, seis, sete (seche), oito, nove, dez|
|ATM Machine||Caixa (caysha) Eletronica|
|Credit Card||Cartão de Crédito|
|Exchange||troca or câmbio|
Angolan outlets provide electricity in the range between 220 and 240 volts. Many North American appliances are built for only 110-120 volts, so make sure to check before using a socket. (Some appliances may be able to handle 240 volts.)
If your appliance cannot handle over 200 volts you will need both a voltage converter and an adapter.
Angola uses two types of plugs:
- “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Europlug
- “Type E/F” European CEE 7/4 or 7/5 Schuko
So whether or not your appliances are built to handle 200+ volts, you will need an adapter.
Canadian Diplomatic Missions in Angola
Consulate of Canada in Luanda
Telephone: 244 222 448-371, 448-377 or 448-366
E-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of Canada in Zimbabwe
Telephone: 263 4 252-181, 252-182, 252-183, 252-184 or 252-185
E-mail: [email protected]
Lost or Stolen Belongings in Angola
What Happens if Your Wallet is Stolen in Angola
Helpful Portuguese Phrases for Emergencies
|Crime and Theft|
|You must go to the police station.||Você tem que ir à esquadra da polícia.|
|Is there a police station near here?||Há alguma esquadra da polícia perto?|
|My watch has been stolen.||Roubaram-me o relógio.|
|I think I put my wallet on the counter.||Acho que pus a minha carteira no balcão.|
|Can I have your name and address, please.||Pode dar-me o seu nome e morada, por favor?|
|Where have you looked for it?||Onde o/a procurou?|
|Where did you lose your bag?||Onde perdeu o seu saco?|
|What was inside it?||O que tinha lá dentro?|
|There was a camera inside.||Tinha uma máquina fotográfica dentro do saco.|
|When did you lose your camera?||Quando perdeu a sua máquina fotográfica?|
|What’s it like?||Como é?|
|What shape is it?||Qual é o feitio?|
|Was it marked with your name?||Estava marcado/a com o seu nome?|
|How valuable is it?||Quanto vale?|
|You must fill in a report form.||Tem que preencher um impresso de queixa.|
|I’ve lost my passport.||Perdi o meu passaporte.|
|There has been a accident.||Houve um acidente.|
|We must call the police.||Temos que chamar a polícia.|
|We must phone for an ambulance.||Temos que chamar uma ambulância pelo telefone.|
|How did the accident happen?||Como sucedeu o acidente?|
|Was he going fast?||Ele ia depressa?|
|Do you have your driving license?||Tem a sua carta de condução?|
|Do you have your insurance certificates?||Têm os vossos papéis de seguro?|
|Were there any witnesses?||Houve alguma testemunha?|
|I witnessed it happening.||Eu vi o que aconteceu.|
|It wasn’t my fault.||Não foi culpa minha.|
|It wasn’t his right of way.||Ele não tinha prioridade.|
|I crashed into the truck.||Eu bati no camião.|
|The accident happened at the crossroads.||O acidente aconteceu no cruzamento.|
|The strong winds blew the tree down.||O vento forte deitou a árvore abaixo.|
|The storms caused flooding.||As tempestades causaram inundações.|
|There is a bomb alert.||Há um alerta de bomba.|
|There was a big explosion.||Houve uma grande explosão.|
|Telephone the fire service.||Telefone para os bombeiros.|
|Can you help me.||Pode ajudar-me?|
|He broke the window.||Ele partiu a janela.|
|Evacuate the building, please.||Evacuem o edifício, por favor.|
|Leave me alone!||Deixe(a)-me em paz! (DAY-sheh(shah)-meh ehn pahsh!)|
|Don’t touch me!||Não me toque(s)! (now meh TOH-keh(sh)!)|
|I’ll call the police.||Vou chamar a polícia. (voh shah-MAHR ah poo-LEE-syah)|
|Stop! Thief!||Ladrão! (lah-DROW!)|
|I need your help.||Preciso da sua(tua) ajuda. (preh-SEE-zoo dah swah(twah) ah-ZHOO-dah)|
|It’s an emergency.||É uma emergência. (eh OO-mah ee-mehr-ZHEHN-syah)|
|I’m lost.||Estou perdido(a). (ish-TOH pehr-DEE-doo(ah))|
|I lost my bag.||Perdi o meu saco. (PEHR-dee oo MEH-oo SAH-koo)|
|I lost my wallet.||Perdi a minha carteira. (PEHR-dee ah MEE-nyah kahr-TAY-rah)|
|I’m sick.||Eu estou doente. (EH-oo ish-TOH doo-EHN-teh)|
|I’ve been injured.||Eu fui ferido. (EH-oo fwee feh-REE-doo)|
|I need a doctor.||Preciso de um médico. (preh-SEE-zoo deh oon meh-DEE-koo)|
|Can I use your phone?||Posso usar o seu(teu) telefone? (POHS-soo OO-sahr o SEH-oo(TEH-oo) teh-leh-FOH-neh)|
|Help me!||Ajude(a)-me! (ah-ZHOO-deh(dah)-meh!)|
|Look out!||Atenção! /Cuidado! (ah-tehn-sow! / “cooy-DAH-doo!”)|
|I have had an accident||Eu teve um acidente|
|This is an emergency||Temos uma emergência|
|I need an ambulance||Preciso uma ambulância|
|I need a doctor||Preciso um médico|
|I need the police||Chamar a polícia|
|I have had / he/she has had a stroke||Eu sofrei/ ele/ela sofreou um aneurisma, ataque apopléctico|
|Very sick||Muito doente|
|Where is the nearest hospital?||Onde e o hospital mais próximo?|
|Is there a pharmacy near here?||Há uma farmácia aqui perto?|
|Call the fire services||Chamar os bombeiros|
|I have had a car accident||Eu teve um acidente de carro|
|I have been robbed/mugged||Eu fui vitimo dum assalto!|
To make a direct call to Canada from Angola, you need to dial 00 plus the country code for Canada (1), followed by the number.
To call Canada from Angola
Dial 00 – 1 – Area Code – local number
1 – ISD Code or Country Code of Canada
List of area codes in Canada
|Alberta||403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
|BC||236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
|Ontario||226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)
249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)
289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)
343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)
416 / 647 (Toronto)
807 (northwestern Ontario)
|Manitoba||204 / 431||PEI||782 / 902|
|New Brunswick||506||Quebec||418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Regions of Angola
Don’t buy a car. Cars often cost nearly double what they would cost in Canada. Rental cars are cheap, but make sure to get insurance. Gas is cheap but hard to find.
Driving is hazardous, both because of a lack of road signs and lights (and overall congestion) and because of the lack of upkeep on the roads, especially during the rainy season. Angola is one of the more dangerous countries to drive in the whorld.
To get more information about driving in Angola, leave us a message in the box at the bottom of this page.
Buses in Angola
Buses in Angola are privately owned and operated. There is no effective regulation. In Luanda, use TURA (Transporte Urbano Rodoviario de Angola). Most buses are overcrowed and can often be driven very recklessly. There are loads of smaller “minibuses.” They are usually blue and white.
Hotels in Luanda will usually provide their own shuttle services.
Taxis in Angola
Taxis are not common in Angola. People normally use minibuses instead of taxis.
Only about 17% of the country has access to the internet, and most of this access is not yet up to the broadband standard.
There are four major telecommunications companies and seven ISPs, some of which are subsidiaries of the telecom comapnies:
- ACS (ISP)
- Angola Telecom (owned by the government) and its Multitel and TV-Cabo ISPs
- ITA (ISP)
- MS Telcom
- TSOL Networks
There are a couple of internet cafes in Luanda but you are unlikely to find any outside of the capital.
Luanda is considered by many to the Most Expensive City in the World, so shopping is not something you should plan on doing while in Angola in Luanda unless you are very well off.
Outside of Luanda, there aren’t malls and shopping revolves more around “African” handmade products and trinkets.
Angolan food has a large Portuguese influence. Pork, chicken and fish are the most common proteins. Rice is a major staple, as is flour. Prominent vegetables include sweet potatoes, tomatoes, onions and okra.
Angolan Liquor and Beer
Angolans consume a number of different types of home made liquors. There are is also an Angolan style of beer (regularl lagers are also popular).
Kussangua is a popular corn-based non-alcoholic drink. Pops are also very popular.