Getting There in Angola

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When visitng Angola, getting there requires some planning ahead. Almost all nationalities must secure a visa, and passports must be valid for at least six months with two blank pages left in the booklet. A series of vaccinations must be taken before being allowed to enter Angola. Also, an invitation from a private citizen, organization or company must be presented in the form of a letter before you can enter Angola.

Flights

Many travelers fly into Luanda-4-de-Fevereiro, an airport just outside of the capital city, Luanda. Regular flights can be taken from Portugal, France and Britain. Flights from other African countries such as Johannesburg, South Africa, Windhoek, Namibia, Harare, Zimbabwe, Kinshasa, Congo can also be taken. A few weekly flights from Rio de Janeiro have recently been added. In 2009, Delta Airlines started offering a flight from Atlanta to Luanda via Sal Island. If you are traveling to the city of Cabina, you can take a helicopter or a private jet.

By Car

Driving to Angola is quite a challenge. However, you can enter the country from the north through Namibia. Driving is highly discouraged during the rainy season, and the roads in Angola are never in good shape. Driving from the DRC or Zambia is not recommended.

By Boat

Official ferry service is not available between Angola and other countries. However, there are some ferries that travel between the enclave of Cabinda (in Angola) to Luanda. These ferries carry cars and people,and cost around $180 per person.

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By air

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Angola's national airline is TAAG Angola Airlines International airport. Luanda is located 4 km (2.5 miles) from the city. There are no taxis: visitors must be met by their sponsors. Airport facilities include a restaurant bar post office currency exchange (0800-1230 and 1430-1800) and 24-hour medical facilities with cholera and yellow fever vaccination available. Most foreign visitors with business interests in the Cabinda enclave bypass Luanda by flying to Gabon by then on by private jet. On arrival they are taken by helicopter to the more..

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By rail and road

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All land frontiers are currently open. The Benguela railway is open from Lobito to Cubal and is under Chinese reconstruction towards the Zambian/DRC border (2006)

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By boat

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The main ports are Cabinda Lobito Luanda and Namibe.

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