Angola: visa-free for tourists from 98 countries, TAAG connects Gatwick

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Angola has joined the growing list of countries in Africa allowingvisa-free entry. For its part, the national company TAAG Angola Airlines has secured slots at London/Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom, and is expected to begin regular flights between Luanda and the British capital on December 14.

The new policy adopted in a resolution in Angola last week will allow visa-free entry for stays of 90 days to nationals from more than 90 countries. According to a presidential decree published this Monday, October 2 in the “Diário da República”, citizens of these countries are now exempt from tourist visas for a period of up to 30 days per entry and 90 days a year. They must comply with the “formalities applicable at border posts”present a passport valid beyond the duration of the stay and an international certificate of vaccination whenever justified. This 90-day visa-free stay is however granted to people arriving in the country exclusively for tourist purposes. This comes as the southern African country opens its borders to visitors from a host of countries to boost its tourism sector.

Fourteen African countries are on the list for visa-free entry. They include Tanzania, Eswatini, Morocco, Lesotho, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Cape Verde and Algeria. Since December 2017, South Africans no longer need a visa to travel to Angola, following the signing of an abolition agreement between the two countries.

THE 11 Asian countries The list includes China and Japan, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore, South Korea and East Timor.

There European list includes 35 countries, including all those that are part of theEuropean Union, there Russiathere Norway and the Türkiye. The United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are among the countries on the American continent exempted.

Finally, the country’s national airline TAAG – Linhas Aéreas de Angola (TAAG Angola Airlines) will connect Luanda to London Gatwick on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with returns on the following days. The routes will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER configured to accommodate 292 passengers, 12 in first class, 56 in business and 224 in economy.

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