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					United Nations Development Programme
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


         Angola Information Gateway

 197 Rua Major Kanhangulo P.O.BOX 910 Luanda - Email:
Website: - Tel: +244 222 331181/88/93/96 - Fax: +244 222 335609

    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:
    UNDP Luanda
    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.

    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
    working in.


    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.
     Rent-a-Car Companies

    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: E-mail: avis-                   E-mail:
    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
    Years Programme.
    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.
    School Year
    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
    primary level.
    (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


    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.


    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.


    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.

    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.

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:, or


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.
Yellow Fever:
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
chloroquine reported.
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.


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.