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Most foreign nationals need a visa for Angola, though some nationalities are allowed visa-free entry. Those who require a visa to enter Angola will either have to apply beforehand or they may be able to obtain a visa on arrival. Anyone entering the country must hold a passport valid for at least nine months from date of entry.
Tourist visas for Angola
Tourist visas allow short-term entry to the country for leisure or business purposes.
Expats should check if their nationality allows them visa-free entry or permits them to obtain a visa on arrival. If not, they will need to apply for a visa in advance of their trip. This can either be done at one's local Angolan embassy or online via the country's electronic visa (eVisa) system. Those eligible for a visa on arrival can speed up the process by using the eVisa system to pre-register and pay for their visa ahead of time instead of at the border.
Tourist visas are valid for one stay of 30 days and must be used within 60 days of being granted. Once in the country, it is possible to apply for an extension allowing an additional 30 days in Angola.
Expats travelling on this Angolan visa aren't allowed to establish residence or engage in work for monetary gain in the country.
Work visas for Angola
Work visas for Angola are granted to those who obtain a contract of temporary employment in the interest of the state or on behalf of an Angolan company. Work visas are valid for the duration of the work contract. A work visa does not allow foreigners to take up residence in Angola; if they wish to do so, they are required to apply for a residence visa.
Residence visas for Angola
Foreign nationals are allowed to set up residence in Angola with a residence visa. Residence visas allow for stays of up 120 days and can be renewed until a final decision is made for the application of a residence permit.
Residence visas allow for multiple entries and expats with a residence visa are allowed to work in Angola. Residence visa applications can be submitted in person, by a third party or through an accredited agency.
*Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.
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