Authorities in Angola extend sanitary cordon through at least Nov. 7 due to COVID-19 activity. Movement restrictions eased in Luanda.
Alert Begins 09 Oct 2020 12:54 PM UTC
Alert Expires 06 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel and business disruptions
Authorities in Angola have extended the sanitary cordon through at least Nov. 7 in continued efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19); however, they have eased movement restrictions in Luanda. Several restrictions remain in place, including the following:
- Travelers entering Luanda no longer need permits but are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.
- Limited international travel is permitted; however, authorization from authorities to enter and leave Angola is no longer required, provided that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test is taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure or arrival, at the expense of the traveler. Only official travel, diplomatic travel, evacuation of the sick, and repatriation of citizens is permitted. No business or leisure travel is permitted.
- Domestic flights have been permitted to resume since Sept. 14. A serological COVID-19 test will be carried out at airports at the expense of domestic travelers.
- Any persons entering the country need to comply with a mandatory quarantine period of seven days.
- Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice, except for humanitarian and cargo transport.
- Religious and funeral services are permitted to operate four days a week nationwide. Funeral services are limited to 15 people for COVID-19-related deaths, but increase to 25 people in other cases.
- Public transport is permitted to operate at 75-percent capacity in Luanda and other provinces 0600-2200.
- Street vendors are permitted to operate five days per week, 0600-1800 Tuesdays to Saturdays.
- All other previously considered nonessential businesses are permitted to operate at 75-percent capacity 0700-2000.
- Beaches remained closed until Nov. 7.
- The wearing of facemasks in private vehicles is suspended; however, it is mandatory to wear facemasks while commuting with public transport, and in public spaces.
- Schools and tertiary education are reopening in a phased manner from Oct. 5-Oct. 26.
Those caught in breach of COVID-19 measures and restrictions will be subject to fines. Authorities may introduce new restrictions with little notice in the coming days.
Background and Analysis
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Avoid large public gatherings and concentrations of security personnel.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.