All foreign visitors to Angola except those from visa-exempt nations must secure proper travel authorization from the country’s government. The government of Angola issues short-term and long-term visas for various purposes such as tourism, business, cultural activities, study, and work. The government also grants simplified visas for travelers from eligible countries. They can get a pre-visa approval online and submit a hard copy to get a short-term tourist visa on arrival at select international airports in Angola.
Note that an Angola pre-visa must be used within two months. The maximum number of stays is 30 days and can be extended.
Yes, all foreign travelers except those from visa-exempt countries need a visa to enter and remain in Angola. The government of Angola allows visa-free entry to citizens of around ten countries, including Botswana, Mauritius, and Zambia. They can enter Angola visa-free three times a year. Visitors arriving on a tourist visa are not allowed to engage in gainful activities.
Citizens of Namibia are allowed to stay in the country for an indefinite period without a visa. They can enter the country an unlimited number of times without a visa. The Angola government also grants simplified visas for citizens of over 60 foreign nations. They can get a pre-entry visa electronically before traveling to the country and change it to a visa on arrival.
The South African country is expected to join the KAZA UniVisa program, which is planned to make travel between Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana free of visas.
An Angola pre-visa is an electronic document issued to citizens of a few eligible countries to enter and remain in the country for tourism, business, and visiting family members.
The application process is 100% online and easy. This saves travelers from visiting an Angola embassy for in-personal interviews or document submission. They can upload all the required documents online. They can submit this pre-entry visa approval document at an airport in Angola on their arrival. They will receive a physical Angolan visa for tourism.
This is a legal travel authorization granted to foreign visitors to stay in the country for a short term, and foreigners arriving on this visa do not have permission to work in Angola.
The South African country allows visa-free entry to travelers from eligible countries like Singapore and South Africa. Travelers from these ten (at present) nations can visit Angola with their identity and travel documents. They can stay up to 30 days and are allowed entry three times a year. However, travelers from Namibia can enter the country unlimited time and can stay indefinitely.
Apart from them, diplomatic and official passport holders from eligible nations such as Russia, France, China, Brazil, Spain, and Switzerland can also visit the country visa-free. Transit passengers who have a booked onward flight ticket can stay in the transit areas of international airports in the country visa-free for 24 hours. If they are staying more than that, they will need a tourist visa.
The Angola government launched the Angola eVisa which is valid for 30 days for visitors from over 60 foreign countries.
They must apply for a pre-visa (also known as Angolan pre-registration) online at the official website of the Angolan Immigration and foreign service under the Ministry of interiors. They can upload all the documents required online. This will save them from visiting an Angolan embassy or consulate. They can obtain a paper visa on arrival at designated airports in Angola, including Curoca, Lubango, Massabi, Quatro de Fevereiro, and Luau airports.
They need to pay a fee of around US$120. The fee may vary, and travelers should check with an Angolan mission to know more about it.
An Angolan pre-visa must be used within 60 days of issuance. It is valid for up to 120 days. The maximum number of days a tourist can stay in the country is 30, and it can be extended for up to 90 days. Apart from passports, all applicants for a pre-visa have to submit proof of funds, accommodation information, and return tickets. They also must share vaccination certificates.
A pre-visa does not guarantee entry to Angola. The officers at the airports may decline entry if they found something amiss with the documentation. Travelers must be careful while uploading documents and details in the online application form. Errors in the form can result in a visa denial. The information in the form must also match that in the passport.
Tourists from other foreign countries are required to get an Angolan visa to cross the country’s borders. They have to complete the online application form and send it along with all the required documents to the embassy.
To apply for a tourist visa, the passport must be valid for six to nine months and should at least have two blank pages. They also have to pay a processing fee. Foreigners arriving on a tourist visa cannot buy a home or work in the country. Apart from a tourist visa, the government of Angola issues other short-term and long-term visas for purposes of business, study, and work.
An Angolan business visa allows foreigners to attend business meetings and trade shows, and it should be obtained from an embassy or consulate before reaching the country. Foreigners who wish to engage in activities such as hands-on technical work, consultation, and marketing (paid or unpaid) are required to get a work visa. An Angolan student visa is issued to foreign students who wish to pursue their education in the country.