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Angola Insurance

You will need to think carefully about Angola insurance if you are considering travelling or operating there. 27 years of conflict left the country littered with landmines and its civilian population heavily armed. Visiting foreign nationals should be aware that specialist travel, life, accident and medical insurance in Angola will usually be required.

Angola insurance – quick facts

  • There is a high level of crime in Luanda
  • International health insurance in Angola is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
  • Foreign nationals are a declared target of separatist groups in Cabinda province
  • There have been incidents of kidnapping – kidnap and ransom insurance may be advised 

Potential risks in Angola

Separatist groups, most notably in Cabinda province, continue to clash violently with security forces and to carry out terrorist attacks. These groups are targeting western interests, and foreigners have been victim to rape, murder and kidnapping. Landmines and other unexploded ordnance remain a danger in large areas across the country.

British FCO advice is to be vigilant at all times and not to venture outside the capital Luanda and other cities without adequate security provision and trusted local guides. In Luanda there is a high incidence of crime, including mugging and carjacking, particularly involving foreign nationals.

Poverty is widespread and with it disease, including cholera, malaria, Hepatitis A and B and HIV/AIDS. Healthcare is extremely poor overall and international medical cover with emergency evacuation insurance in Angola is essential.

Due to safety issues, most Angolan airlines are banned from operating services to the EU. Be aware before you travel that using these airlines may not be covered by standard insurance.

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Advice from the FCO

The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.

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