Tue 18 Jun

Procedures and practical informations

Time and deadlines
The attention of travelers is drawn to the fact that their presence is required at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time. Most companies close their check-in counters at least 30 minutes before departure time. Once registered, it is also advisable to immediately go to the boarding lounge for police formalities that can be long if several departures are planned.
Arriving passengers must count an average of 30 to 40 minutes to complete the formalities of police and customs and to retrieve their luggage.
Entering the country and visas
Entry into Angolan territory through Luanda International Airport requires a passport valid more than 9 months after the passage of the police station. The exemption or the method of obtaining the visa depends on the nationality of the traveler. You can either be exempted or have to obtain your visa in an embassy/consulate.
WARNING: Bi-national travelers who can not justify their Angolan nationality (identity card or Angolan passport) are subjected to the same formalities as the citizens of the country of which they hold the passport.

See the page about visas and immigration

Pets with a recent health certificate are allowed in Angola. Rabies vaccination must be at least 1 month and max. 1 year prior to arrival.
Airlines are particularly demanding on the allowed weight of luggage. To avoid problems at check-in counters, it is expressly required for travelers to check before their arrival at the airport if their baggage do not exceed the permitted allowance. In this case, expensive and non-negotiable luggage fees may be asked. In addition, it is recalled that the luggage must be strong enough to be handled and transported. Plastic bags are prohibited because they tear easily.
Health requirements
The yellow fever vaccine is required to enter Angolan territory. In addition, travelers coming from countries affected by various other epidemics (eg Ebola ...) can be imposed special formalities: declarative form, taking of body temperature ... Pregnant women are reminded that airlines each have a specific policy on the duration of pregnancy not to exceed to be allowed to travel. From the 7th month of pregnancy, flying may be prohibited or a medical certificate may be required. Please check with your airline to avoid being denied boarding.
Drugs and illegal or regulated products
Some products can not cross borders on arrival or departure from Luanda Airport without special authorization. This is the case of animal remains, live animals and certain items of historical heritage of Angola. Thank you to contact the Veterinary Services or the Ministry of Culture if you have any doubt about this type of product. Hazardous products (firearms, explosives, corrosives, pressurized container, etc.) are generally prohibited or regulated. Thank you to contact your airline to find out its policy on the transportation of these products.

See also the customs handbook for passengers

Furthermore, a strict control of drugs is carried out by airport police officers.


See the customs handbook for passengers


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