Important COVID-19 travel guidance
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not leave home or travel, including internationally, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
From 4am on 18 January, if you intend to travel to England, Scotland, or Wales, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival. All other current entry requirements and restrictions continue to apply.
If you are legally permitted to travel, check our advice for the country you are visiting. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning. Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. Also check if you need to self-isolate.
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:
- the province of Cabinda (but not including Cabinda city)
- within 1km of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Lunda Norte province, except at official border crossings and their access roads.
- the remainder of Angola based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
From 4am on Saturday 9 January, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Angola in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British, Irish and third country nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents arriving in the UK from Angola, need to self-isolate on their return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
From 1 January onwards, those with residence rights includes: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
Travel to Angola is subject to entry restrictions
- Angola has closed its borders to arrivals from the UK.
- Entry to Angola is prohibited except for Angolan nationals and foreign nationals travelling for business reasons and resident in Angola.
- All passengers are required to complete an advance passenger information form 72 hours before entry to Angola.
- From 16 January, all air passengers are required to take a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test immediately on disembarking the plane. Those receiving a negative result will be allowed entry but you will need to undertake compulsory self-quarantine for 10 days before undergoing a further COVID-19 test.
- Those receiving a positive COVID-19 result will immediately go into mandatory quarantine at a government facility.
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to Angola, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
You should avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, be vigilant and respect advice and instruction given by local security authorities.
You must get a valid visa and/or work permit before you travel to Angola. The process can take a long time and you should apply several weeks before your intended travel date. See Entry requirements
UK health authorities have classified Angola as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
There is a high level of crime in Luanda. Be particularly careful when withdrawing money from banks and ATMs. Don’t walk around the city after dark. See Crime
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Angola, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is limited in parts of Angola where FCDO advise against all but essential travel.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.