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Our vision is to support Angola in its achievement of the Millennium Development
Goals by enhancing national capacity for pro-poor growth and accountable governance
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197 Rua Major Kanhangulo P.O.BOX 910 Luanda - Email: email@example.com
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On first arrival personal and household effects can be brought into the country
duty free. Experts may then import duty free consumer goods only within six
months of their initial arrival.
Packing and Shipping of Goods
Goods may be shipped direct to Luanda by air or sea.
Shipments by air are received in good time and the airport operates efficiently.
Exemptions are required for clearing goods from the airport with a valued list of
items and the original of the airway bill. The customs clearance process has
become very complicated early this year. Government is restricting access to
airport and port for the public in general, thus protecting the role of the customs
clearance agents. As with general airmail, also, consignments should be
addressed as follows:
ATT: Mr./Mrs. (Name of s/m)
197, Rua Major Kanhangulo
(Republic of Angola)
Clearance formalities are as follows: Upon receipt of the shipping details the
Administration carries out all necessary procedures for tax exemption. Staff
members will need to have a permanent visa in the UN-Laissez passer or to
possess a diplomatic card. A detailed list of all the personal belongings arriving
will also have to be delivered to the UNDP administration. Upon arrival, the
UNDP Customs clearance section needs a copy of staff members passport; copy
of the diplomatic card, keys to the luggage and a detailed list of all personal
effects. Staff members will also have to be present for the checking of personal
effects. The UNDP office ensures that the goods are moved from the airport to
the staff member’s residence.
SPOUSE AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
PTT, TV, RADIO AND INTERNET SERVICES
For international calls you may use the Public Post and Telephone Company
(Angola Telecom) which has planted several phone boxes/public phones in
many towns or the “Centro de Imprensa Anibal de Melo-Press Centre” in
Luanda where telephone/fax communications are easily available. Phone
cards/calling cards can be purchased in local currency.
Landlines are sometimes hard to come by. Angola Telecom is the
country’s service provider. Local and International communications can
sometimes be difficult in that connections are often lost and there can be a lot of
interference making it difficult to hear the person you are talking too. Calls cost
about $0.08 per unit. A unit being 3 minutes.
There are two cell phone service providers, Movicel and Unitel. In order to
make a call to a cell phone from a landline one must first dial 912 or 923
depending on the service provider of the person you are trying to call.
Facsimile facilities exist, and messages can also be received through the UNDP
office for forwarding to experts (number: 244-222-335609).
There are several private Internet service providers in Luanda with links to
different local towns, which can be accessed at reasonable prices. The other
alternative for UN staff members is to be connected through the UN agencies
ROAD CONDITIONS AND VEHICLE AVAILABILITY
Luanda , the capital city, is in general poorly supplied with public transport and
a private vehicle is essential for anyone staying for any length of time. Buses are
generally unsecured and full to capacity and their schedules are irregular. A
private radio taxi company has been operational since 2001. Their vehicles are
generally secure and reliable.
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Staff members can at present
import one car duty free for the first six months after their arrival. The market
for second-hand cars is in expansion and some good deals may happen in
exchange for USD cash. The speed limit in town is 60 KMH and in the country
side 100 KMP.
Although third party insurance coverage is not compulsory, all United Nations
Systems personnel must have sufficient insurance to cover them against claims
arising from injuries or death to other people or from damage to the property of
others. Third party insurance or full comprehensive insurance policies for cars
are both written in US or local currencies.
An Angolan driving license will have to be applied upon the presentation of a
valid driving license. The procedure to get it may take some months.
Gasoline and similar products are purchased at commercial prices.
Like most international car rental agencies, rental agencies have price schedules
that vary depending upon length of rental and class of car. Cars range from small
Daewoos to Nissan Minivans. Most prices include insurance and the length of
rental influence the price per kilometer. However for short-term rentals the use
is generally unrestricted. An international driver's license is required.
Equador Avis-Angola Somitour
Tel: (244-222) 390-720 Tel: (244-222) 321-551 Tel: (244-222) 337-965
Fax: 330-745, 395-698 Fax: (224-222) 326-381, 323-515 Fax: (224-222) 335-635
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: avis- E-mail: email@example.com
Without driver: $78-$210 Without driver: $75-$160
With driver: additional $40 Without driver : $60-$150 With driver: additional $45
With driver: add $30
Public hospitals have an insufficient supply of medicines, which are provided
free of charge, if available. Local pharmacies carry large stocks of medicines,
mainly in Luanda . However, it is advisable for staff members staying out of
Luanda to bring along with them most of common medicines.
There are some private dentists in Luanda . However it is recommended that a
thorough check-up and treatment if necessary be undertaken before arrival and
during home leave.
There are some opticians in Luanda . However, at least two pairs of eyeglasses
should be brought along with persons using prescription lenses.
For any serious illness or dental problems it is usually necessary to seek
treatment abroad. The closest full service location is or .
The UN System through UNDP assisted by WHO operates a dispensary in the
building. The dispensary has its own permanent doctor, a Lab technician, a nurse
and a basic stock of medicines. Also, the UN is presently using the support
service of some recently opened private clinics. The UN clinic has laboratory
facilities where blood and urine tests can be carried out.
Education Facilities for Foreign Residents
There are several schools operated by foreign communities in Luanda . English,
French, Portuguese, Scandinavian and Russian. A number of private schools are
functioning on a high fee-paying basis:
(a) The French school is run on a fee-paying basis starting from Kindergarten to
junior secondary level and charges a monthly average price of USD 300,00.
Priority is given to French speaking children. The kindergarten section
sometimes accepts non-French speaking children. The school has around 300
(b) The Portuguese school is a teaching co-operative subsidised by the
Portuguese Government. It starts from kindergarten to senior secondary level.
Priority is given to Portuguese children for acceptance and on a space available
basis. There is a new Portuguese school in the southern province of Huíla . Fees
are paid quarterly
(c) There are two English Schools in Luanda :
The Luanda International School
Opened on the 30th of September 1996 with 27 pupils and 4 teachers.
It was founded by a group of volunteer parents and professionals from the
Luanda English speaking community.
The school has recently moved to a newly built school in Luanda Sul.
The school is an associate (because it is not located in Europe ) member of the
European Council of International Schools (E.C.I.S), a full member of the
Association of International Schools of Africa (A.I.S.A) and has authorisation
from the International Baccalaureate Organisation to administer the Primary
A special arrangement were made for the children of the UN staff as follows:
- to allow families to pay the registration fee in instalments;
- children of UN staff will pay the registration fee of $10,000 per child. This
is one-time fee, but payable in instalments. Children in Pre-Primary classes are
not subject to the registration fee.
Tuition for children of UN staff will pay the following amounts for 2005-6
school year: pre-primary students – US$ 14,500 annually, Year 1-9 students –
17,000 annually and Year 10-13 students US$ 19,000 annually
The English School Community of Luanda, , (ESCOLA) is an
interdenominational, independent school catering for learners in the medium of
The formal curriculum, which is recognised internationally, will be offered from
Pre Primary to Grade 7.
A supervised facility is provided for Grade 8, 9 and 10 learners undertaking the
Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
through a distance-learning programme.
ESCOLA is associated with the well-established “Colegio Portugues” of Luanda
and the learners will benefit from the cross-cultural exposure.
ESCOLA is associated with the Association of Independent Schools of Southern
Africa and will follow the curriculum recommendations of that Association.
The school year will run from the end of August/ beginning of September until
the end of June/ beginning of July.
(d) The Russian school linked to the Russian Embassy conducts courses at
(e) The Congolese school also linked to the Congolese embassy offers courses at
primary and secondary levels. Classes are held in French.
More detailed information can be obtained directly from the above schools on
HOUSE HUNTING/HOUSEHOLD HELP
Accommodation is a serious issue in Luanda for several reasons, mainly the very
limited availability of acceptable standard of houses and apartments on the local
housing market; the extremely if not to say exorbitant level of rentals; the
limited selection of secure residential areas. Private houses and apartments/flats
are rented either fully furnished (equipped generally with generator in view of
the recurrent power cuts and water tank/pomp in view of the frequent shortage
of water supply), or semi/basically furnished or not furnished at all. The rentals
vary depending of these categories. It is a general practice here that the payment
in advance of six to twelve months rentals is required by the landlord prior to
occupancy. As an indication, the monthly rental cost of a fully furnished
apartment: US$ 1500 to 2500 for a one bedroom; US$ 2000 to 3000 for a two
bedroom; US$ 3000 to 4500 for a three bedroom. Rentals of private houses are
obviously higher: from US$ 4000 to 7500 for a two and/or three
bedroom house. There are even houses rented by multinational oil companies for
their expatriate staff at far more than the above range. The security guards are
required and it is reimbursed at 100% for 2 guards 24/7 at a maximum
reimbursement of US$ 1,700.
However, the UNDP Office when requested could assist in house search in
secured areas i.e. at Swedish compounds, one located in Miramar and another in
Maianga. The compound at Miramar has houses of 2 bedrooms (US$ 2,625 per
month) and 3 bedrooms (US$ 3,150 per month). The compound at Mainaga has
apartments of 2 bedrooms (US$ 2,500) and 3 bedrooms (US$ 3,000). Water,
electricity, security payment are already included in the rents. Telephone is on a
pre-paid system and maintenance services are available when required.
FURNITURE/APPLIANCES AND UTILITIES
Newcomers are advised to bring some of their own furniture/equipment or buy
them locally. It is possible to buy new furniture and appliances in Luanda ,
however they are usually very expensive.
BANKING AND CREDIT CARD INSTITUTIONS
There is no restriction on the amount of foreign exchange or travelling checks,
which may be brought into the country, but the amount MUST be declared upon
entry, and the same form presented upon departure. It is prohibited to take
Angolan currency out of the country.
Currently, there are several national (BPC, BCI, BFA, SOL, BAI) and foreign
banks namely Portuguese in Luanda , which open from 8:00 to 12:00 hrs. In the
morning and from 14:30 to 15:30 in the afternoon. Local banks offer the
possibility of opening bank accounts in foreign currency (however, bank
accounts in foreign currency are subject to changes of economic policy). The
minimum amount required to open such an account is USD 2,000. -. When
travelling to it is recommended that staff members bring along some cash,
mainly in US dollars and at least 3,000 to 5,000 to be able to cover the first hotel
expenses and other immediate costs. Credit cards (AMEX, MASTER CARD
and VISA) are accepted in some establishments.
There are currently several exchange houses in Luanda . Exchange rates
fluctuate. It is illegal to exchange money in the street, though in practice most
people change money on the streets.
SHOPPING AND MARKETS
The UN community may shop at Palanca (Elf Store), Esco, Fina, Jumbo, Casa
dos Fresco, Martal, Intermarket, the open vegetable/fruit markets and other
supermarkets. A few shops selling carpets, paints and books exist in Luanda ,
but they run very limited stock of items.
Jumbo and other supermarkets listed above are not duty-free shops. They are
organised in a self-service supermarket fashion and usually have in stock most
daily necessities. Baby foods such as Gerber and Purity may at times be out of
There are several open markets in Luanda . However, the prices are high and the
choice of produce varies. The variety of some vegetables is seasonal
Papayas/bananas are the most common fruits with a seasonal appearance of
mangoes, oranges and pineapples.
HINTS FOR FOOD AND RESTAURANTS
CULTURAL DOS AND DON'TS
An entry visa is required in all cases and must be obtained prior to travel from the
country of departure. Travel should in no circumstances be undertaken before a
Visa is obtained from an Angolan Embassy. Agencies are requested to ensure that
travellers are provided with complete documentation on their mission to Angola as
they will be required to present it with their application.
Please note that the Government of Angola has recently stopped issuing
visas on arrival at the airport in Luanda. Although no official explanation
has been provided, the reality is that no visa is issued on arrival.
Therefore, entry visa to Angola must be obtained either from the point of
departure or from the nearest Angolan Representation abroad.
In case visa has to be obtained from the nearest Angolan representation
abroad, travellers must inform the UNDP Office and provide a copy of passport and
reason for the travel. Upon receipt of these details, UNDP Country Office will issue
an invitation letter to the concerned Angolan Representation to facilitate visa
application. Please note that the lead time for issuance of a visa differs from one
Embassy to another. For further information on visa issuance, please
contact Angolan Embassies at the following links:
Travel should in no circumstances be undertaken before a visa is obtained
from an Angolan Embassy. Failure to comply with the above could result in
non-admittance to Angola and immediate deportation.
For all incoming shipments to Angola, the Air Waybill or Bill of lading should be
addressed as follows: UNDP - Resident Representative Rua Major Kanhangulo nr
197 Luanda Angola Attn: ............................... (Name of staff or project) * No
services will be rendered unless the above procedures are adhered to.
For further assistance, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There has been an outbreak of Cholera in Benguela, Luanda and Namibe provinces
of Angola. All visitors should be vaccinated before undertaking travel. A Cholera
vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age
and coming from all countries.
Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the entire country. Resistance to
Recommended: Tetanus, typhoid, poliomyelitis, yellow fever, Hepatitis A or
immune-globulin and B; and meningococcic meningitis.
Visitors to Angola must notify the UNDP office of their arrival at least one month in
advance in order for hotel reservations to be made. All visitors must ensure that
confirmation of available accommodation has been secured before arrival to avoid
any out-of-pocket expenses.
Due to limited transportation facilities, the UNDP office is no longer in a position to
provide official visitors with transportation throughout their stay in the country. Car
rentals are available in town and travellers who foresee a need for such services
should ensure to secure authorization from their agencies. The UNDP office,
meanwhile, will provide transportation to and from the airport, on request, charging
travellers upon arrival a fee of US$16.00 per trip.
TRAVEL & SECURITY ADVISORY
The UNDP Office in Luanda has discontinued its practice of paying hotel bills for
staff members or consultants except in cases where prior requests have been
received, indicating the account number to which charges will be made in strict
compliance with financial rules. Local hotels accept travellers cheques in dollars as
well as American Express and Diner cards. It will not be possible for the UNDP
Office to intervene in the visitor's hotel arrangements. 1 Check current validity.