Angola Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Oct 06, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to provide updated information on the
security situation in Angola. This Travel Warning supersedes the one issued
on March 24, 2003.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the considerable risk of
travel within the Republic of Angola. The November 21, 2002, signing of a
peace agreement marked the definitive end of 27 years of civil conflict.
However, fighting in most of the country damaged or destroyed much of the
physical infrastructure including roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.
Travel by road is difficult and can be dangerous due to the extensive
presence of land mines in many areas. Services outside of major urban areas
are virtually non-existent, and secondary roads may be impassable during the
rainy season. Domestic air service is limited. Unreliable communications
and the difficulty of travel within the country restrict the Embassy's
ability to provide consular assistance outside of the capital, Luanda.
Street crime is a regular occurrence in the capital. The most common crimes
are pick pocketing, purse snatching, vehicle theft, and vehicle break-ins.
Armed criminals also commit muggings, robberies, and car-jackings. Police
and military are sometimes undisciplined and their authority should not be
challenged. Occasional acts of banditry have been reported on roads in the
interior. Any ground travel in rural areas should be undertaken during
daylight hours only. In Luanda and other cities, visitors are strongly
advised to avoid unnecessary travel after dark.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to register with and obtain updated information
on travel and security from the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in
Luanda located at the Casa Inglesa Complex,
Rua Major Kanhangula No. 132/135, tel. 244-2-371-645 or 396-727; fax
244-2-390-515. The Embassy is located on Rua Houari Boumedienne in the
Miramar area of Luanda, P.O. Box 6468,
tel. 244-2-447-028/(445-481)/(446-224); (24-hour duty officer
244-92-404-209); fax 244-2-446-924. The Consulate may be contacted by e-mail
at [email protected] or
Further information on travel to Angola is also located on the Embassy
website at http://angola.usembassy.gov. For further information about
conditions in Angola, please consult the Department of State's latest
Consular Information Sheet on Angola and the Worldwide Caution Public
Announcement, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.