Posts Tagged ‘Practicalities’

UNITEL to launch BlackBerry service in Angola

March 18, 2012

UNITEL has announced it will begin the country’s first BlackBerry service – aimed initially at corporate customers. As yet there are no additional details on the UNITEL website

Few petrol stations in Angola

February 25, 2012

For a country that pumps around 1.7 million barrels of oil a day and is twice the size of Texas or 5 times the size of Britain you would expect that finding petrol would not be a problem. Sadly you would be wrong as the country only has 534 petrol stations. So when traveling out of town always make sure you fill up when you can. Source – O Pais.


New currency regulations come into force in Angola

February 7, 2012

The National Bank of Angola has announced new regulations about the import and export of foreign currency and Kwanzas which will come into effect on 27 February 2012.

In summary adult residents can take out of Angola the equivalent of USD15000 in foreign currency and non residents can take out USD10000.

The total ban on exporting Kwanzas has been lifted and residents and non residents can take out of Angola 50000 Kwanzas in addition to the dollars or foreign currency mentioned above.

On entering Angola, residents continue to need to declare amounts over USD15000 and non residents amounts over USD10000.


Standard Bank opens for business in Luanda

February 5, 2012

On 27 September 2010, Standard Bank Group opened its first branch in Luanda at Belas Business Park. The branch was opened to initially service the personal banking market. They have since expanded to also offer corporate and investment banking services.

Standard Bank de Angola is part of the financial fabric of the Angolan market with system links to other banks in the country and Angola’s Central Bank. As part of Standard Bank Group, Standard Bank de Angola provides its customers with a connection to the rest of Africa and other key financial markets of the world.

The branch network will grow with new branches opening this year.

Standard Bank de Angola

Condominio Belas Business Park
Edificio Luanda 7 and/Av. Talatona
S/N (ao lado do Belas Shopping)

Tel: 244 222 396355
Fax: 244 222 394641

Living in the world’s most expensive city

February 3, 2012

By Louise Redvers, BBC News, Luanda

When you think of the world’s most expensive cities, the dusty Angolan capital of Luanda seems an unlikely contender.

Potholed, chaotic and still scarred by decades of civil war, the city has little of the glitz and glamour of Tokyo, New York or Moscow, and an estimated half of Angolans live on less than $2 a day.

But despite the obvious poverty and sprawling slums, Luanda still manages to boast some eye-wateringly high prices.

A house can be $10,000 (£6,500) a month to rent, a basic meal out for two is easily $50, a hotel room can weigh in at $400 a night and a kilo of imported tomatoes a staggering $16.

A basic saloon car without a driver (which foreigners need to negotiate the difficult traffic and parking) will be $90 a day, but upgrade to a SUV (recommended due to the poor quality roads) and you’re looking at $200. More……………

Angolan visa application forms now available on line

September 30, 2011

SME, the Angolan Foreigners and Migration service has just launched an on-line portal at The site (part of which is in English) provides information about visa requirements and you can download visa application forms, though these are in Portuguese.

Consulado-Geral de Angola em Faro inaugurado

September 20, 2011

O Consuldado-Geral de Angola em Faro é inaugurado recentemente, numa cerimónia presidida pelo ministro angolano das Relações Exteriores, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti. O consul-geral de Angola em Faro, Mateus de Sá Miranda Neto, apresentará as instalações, que vão acolher os sectores de migração, registo civil e notariado e gabinetes, entre outras dependências.

O novo Consulado-Geral da República de Angola em Faro funcionará na Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian, (Praceta Projectada à Rua de Moçambique), Lote Q, 1º Esquerdo, 8005-203, Faro.

France opens an Honorary Consulate in Lobito

May 5, 2011

Benguela – The city of Lobito, in the south-west province of Benguela has since Thursday a consular services of the French Embassy in Angola.

 The services of the French diplomacy in Benguela will be directed according to the French ambassador in Angola, Phillipp Garnier by Robert Bremaud. The diplomat said that the opening of the services in Lobito aims to meet with the reality of the number of joint ventures that are represented in the country. The companies like Sonamet, Angoflex, Ponticelli, services Getma and others from France are, according to the source, the ones that deserve monitoring by the French diplomacy.

The municipal administrator of Lobito, representing the governor of Benguela, Armando da Cruz Neto in the ceremony congratulated French authorities saying that this represents the socio-political dimension and trust that authorities of other countries have toward the region.

Source: ANGOP

Get Angolan updates direct to your inbox, Twitter or Facebook accounts

March 5, 2011

You can get an automatic copy of each new update on this site in various ways:

By email: simply click the “email subscription” button on the right hand side of this webpage and fill in your email address.  Each time I update the site you’ll get an email a couple of seconds later with the update. Normally I post about 5 times a week and mainly at weekends so you will not be swamped with emails and I promise you will not get Spam.

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New travel agent in Lubango

February 13, 2011

Marcar Viagens e Turismo is a travel agent in Lubango that I have found on the Internet. Their website looks promising.  I don’t know if they speak English.

Contacts: Marcar, Viagens e Turismo
Rua 10 de Dezembro

 Telefone: 00244 224 110


Changes to Angolan national holidays

January 22, 2011

The National Assembly has approved a new National Holidays law that reduces the number of national holidays but introduces national celebration days.

Fixed holidays are: January 1 (New Year), February 4 (Beginning of liberation struggle), March 8 (International women’s day), April 4 (Peace and national reconciliation day). May 1 (Worker’s day), September 17 (National Hero’s day), November 2 (All Souls’ Day), November 11 (Independence Day) and December 25 (Christmas).

Moveable holidays are Carnival and Good Friday.

Working national celebration days are: January 4, March 2 (Angolan Women Day), March 15 (National liberation struggle expansion day), April 14 (Angolan youth day), May 25 (Africa  day), June 1 (World child day) and December 10 (International human rights day)

New car rental portal for Luanda

October 31, 2010

Luanda Airport Car Rental is a new portal that links to a number of car hire operators in Angola. I have not used the site so cannot verify how reliable it is.

First time visitors to Luanda would be well advised not to hire a car on arrival. The roads are chaotic, traffic is very slow, there are few decent maps and even fewer road signs.  Instead I strongly recommend you ask your hotel if they will provide a transfer service or contact one of the local travel agents listed in the Bradt Guide to Angola.

Angola – the number of ATMs increases

October 10, 2010

10/8/10 7:40 PM

Number of automatic teller machines rises to 995


Luanda – The number of automatic teller machines (ATM) rose from 717 in 2008 to 995 in 2009, according to a “Banca em Analise/2010” study presented Friday in Luanda by the consulting and audit firm, Deloitte Angola.

According to the study, based on indicators of 2009, the number of ATMs has grown to 7,587 terminals, against the 2,660 that existed in 2008.
The number of credit and debit cards increased by about four percent, as well as the number of valid cards which recorded a growth of 12 percent, the source also said.
Simultaneously, the study adds, the number of transactions grew by about 34 percent compared to 2008, with an increase of 31 percent in transactions effected on ATMs and 94 percent on Automatic Payment Terminals (APT).
This study of the sector, prepared by Deloitte, is a compilation of public information available for 16 of the 19 commercial banks operating in Angola in 2009 and Angola Reserve Bank (BNA), in addition to data collected from other markets, including the Portuguese, Brazilian, South African and American.

Source – Angop

Luanda – new emergency telephone numbers for the police

June 20, 2010

The Luanda police have announced three new emergency telephone numbers –




The usual number of 113 remains in service

Namibian consulate opens in Ondjiva, Cunene province

June 19, 2010

Sorry, address and contact details not known, but as it’s a small town it should not be difficult to track down.

Changes to the Houston Express

June 4, 2010

Atlas Air has launched a new outsourced premium passenger private charter service on behalf of the United States-Africa Energy Association (USAEA). The service is  known as the “Houston Express”.

Atlas Air is operating three weekly nonstop flights between George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Luanda, Angola. The newly customized Boeing 747-400 aircraft, provided by SonAir’s parent company, feature 10 First Class, 143 Business Class and 36 Economy Class seats with the latest in-flight entertainment and comfort.

The service is not available to the public but  provides USAEA members with a premium, nonstop link to support long-term energy projects in West Africa.

The flights depart Houston on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the 14-hour, 20 minute eastbound journey, returning from Luanda on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a flight time of 15:05.

Europcar car hire in Angola

December 24, 2009

Europcar car rental is now available in Luanda

Australian diplomatic representation – revised details for Angola

October 24, 2009

The Australian Government now covers Angola from its High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.  

292 Orient Street,  Arcadia, Pretoria – Telephone: +27 12 423 6000 – Fax: +27 12 342 8442 (Admin & Consular);

Sixt car hire opens an outlet at Luanda airport

September 25, 2009

Sixt has just opened a franchise operation at Luanda airport. Bookings can be made via their website  – simply  select Luanda as the location.

Luanda police forces change “113” emergency phone number

September 20, 2009


 The police emergency number has changed – see Updates : Practicalities page