Visa and entry requirements Angola:
Passport required
German nationals require a visa to enter Angola, which must be obtained in person at one of the Angolan diplomatic missions abroad, such as the Embassy of the Republic of Angola must be requested.
Visa cost: 150, - Euro

Information from the Foreign Office on her Angolareise:

Angola is a state in southwestern Africa with about 27 million inhabitants. The country borders Namibia, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Congo and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The official language of the country is Portuguese and the official currency is the Angolan Kwanza, where 1, - Euro is about 264, - AOA.

The largest mountain range in the country is the highlands of Bie, whose highest peak is the mountain Moco with 2.619 meters. In Angola there is a tropical climate for the most part. The river Zambezi flows through the east of Angola. Along the west coast, a desert stretches from Namibia.

Angola is rich in wildlife, with elephants, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeests, ostriches, rhinos and zebras.

The population of Angola is one of the fastest growing in the world, more than 50% of them are Christians. Only 30% of people have access to healthcare and adequate drinking water. The nutrition and health situation in the general country is largely catastrophic. Every year, thousands of people die of diarrheal diseases, malaria, meningitis or tuberculosis. In addition, the mortality rate of children under the age of five is the second highest in the world.

The largest cities in Angola include Luanda, Benguela, Lobito, Huambo, Lubango and Kuito.

The country's two main industries are its rich oil reserves and diamond mining. Its mineral resources make the country one of the richest in Africa. However, the biggest problem of Angola today is corruption. The country is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, where billions of dollars of its revenues are lost each year. Oil revenues even account for 98% of Angola's exports. In agriculture, about 85% of the working population of the country work. The most important products for export are coffee, sugar cane, corn, coconut oil, potatoes, rice and cocoa.

The capital of Angola is Luanda with about 6,8 million inhabitants, in Greater Luanda nearly 10 live millions of people. This Luanda is one of the largest cities in Africa. Luanda's major attractions include the Sao Miguel fortress with the Central Army Museum, the Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto, Miradouro da Lua, the Citadel of Alta, the Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Cathedral, the Ship Cemetery, the Palacio de Ferro, the Church Holy Family, Sangano Beach, Museum of Local History, Museum of Slavery, Museum of National History, Ilha do Cabo Peninsula and Luanda Bay.

In August 2017, I traveled to Angola as the last country on my second Africa tour. Although the visa of Angola is considered to be one of the most difficult in the world, I had no problems getting my visa in Berlin.

In Luanda, the statistically most expensive city in 2018 in the world, I stayed at a modern hotel on the Ilha do Cabo peninsula right on the beach. The peninsula is by far the most beautiful and safe district of the capital. However, one should not stay there in the immediate vicinity of the beach, because it is inhabited by hundreds of people in tents. My accommodation kindly offered me a two-hour city tour, which I gratefully accepted due to local crime. Despite some historical and interesting buildings, Luanda is basically not a tourist city. Because the hotels and restaurants in Luanda are so expensive, I lost the fun relatively quickly.

In addition, I involuntarily brought with me a lasting memory of my entire Angolan life. My return flight via Casablanca to Berlin was a whopping six hours late. Since the waiting room at the airport in Luanda was so full of mosquitoes, I had caught another violent malaria "Tropica".

Two days after my return to Germany, the first symptoms with strong and short fever episodes came to light. Interestingly, the fever always came around noon and flattened off again during the day. After a permanent lack of appetite began, I finally went to medical treatment. Due to the relatively rare occurrence of malaria in Germany, the symptoms of the disease were initially not properly recognized and predicted as conventional angina.

However, after my health deteriorated dramatically in the following days, I finally came to the hospital on the ninth day after the first signs. After the rapid evaluation of the first blood picture, I was immediately taken to a neighboring special clinic and transferred to the local intensive care unit. By now, I have had 3,8% malaria parasites in my body, even kidney and liver failure, and fought for my life for a short while.

In the end, it was damn close, because at about 4,5 to 5% parasite percentage, no chance of survival would have existed. The malaria "Tropica" is the only one of the three forms of malaria, where one can also die as a result of an infection.

After four days of intensive care and a total of one week's stay, I was able to leave the hospital again. But since my whole body felt like a lolled lemon, I then needed another five to six weeks, until I had recovered to some extent.

THEREFORE THE WARNING TO ALL: PLEASE, if you travel to Africa or other malaria areas, take the malaria tablets "Malarone" daily before and during the trip, even if they seem too expensive !!!