Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 14 December 2016, 17:12 NZDT
  • Still current at: 24 November 2017

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the provinces of Cabinda, North Lunda and South Lunda due to violent crime, banditry and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Angola due to violent crime and we advise caution.

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Violent Crime
There is a high level of violent crime in Angola, especially in the capital Luanda.  Armed robbery, carjackings and muggings are common. Incidents can occur at any time of the day but are more prevalent at night.

The provinces of Cabinda, North Lunda and South Lunda have particular security concerns. Armed groups are active in Cabinda and there have been reports in the past of violent attacks targeting foreigners in all three provinces.

New Zealanders are advised not to travel outside the capital Luanda unless you have made adequate security arrangements with a reliable organisation that is familiar with local conditions. 

We recommend you avoid walking alone and travelling after dark and to isolated areas. You should avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable, such as mobile devices and jewellery. Exercise particular vigilance when withdrawing money from ATMs or exchanging cash.

No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery, carjacking or mugging as this could lead to an escalation in violence. New Zealanders should be aware that areas frequented by foreigners are particular targets and crowded places, such as markets, should be avoided.

Kidnapping
Kidnappings have occurred Angola, including in and around Luanda, with foreigners being taken from their vehicle by criminals motivated by financial gain through ransom demands. When travelling by car, it is advisable to keep doors locked and windows up at all times and hide valuables from view. Be wary of any attempts to stop your vehicle.

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations, protests and strikes occur from time to time in Angola, including in Luanda. New Zealanders in Angola are advised to avoid all demonstrations and protests as they have the potential to turn violent. 

Landmines
Landmines and unexploded munitions present a hazard outside major cities.  We recommend you remain on well-used roads and paths as mined areas are often unmarked.

General Travel Advice
The Angolan authorities are sensitive to the presence of foreigners in the diamond producing areas of North and South Lunda provinces. Official documentation giving authorisation for travel to these areas is required. Travellers may be subject to restrictions on movement or detention by security forces in these areas.

As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Angola, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Angola should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

 New Zealanders in Angola are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa is accredited to Angola

Street Address 125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa Postal Address Private Bag X27, Brooklyn Square 0075, Pretoria, South Africa Telephone +27 12 435 9000 Fax +27 12 435 9002 Email enquiries@nzhc.co.za Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/south-africa Hours Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600hrs

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Accredited New Zealand High Commission South Africa

Street Address
125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa

Telephone: +27 12 435 9000

Fax: +27 12 435 9002

Email: enquiries@nzhc.co.za

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/south-africa

Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600hrs

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