State of Emergency declared

28 Mar 2020 / Angola

The Government of Angola has declared a State of Emergency, effective 27 March for a period of 15 days. The main purpose of this action is to encourage people to stay indoors to prevent/minimise spreading of the virus. Non-essential private instituitions have been asked to close offices and work from home as much as possible.

Government institutions, ports and offshore terminals will continue to function, though with a skeleton staff, to provide essential services.

The following services have been suspended during this period:
- Crew changes and transportation of personnel offshore (except medical emergencies)
- Immigration and visa services
- Domestic flights

Cargo operations at all onshore and offshore terminals will continue. However, boarding vessels has been restricted with only the Customs (fiscal police) representative permitted on board, in addition to the mandatory terminal representatives.

GAC boarding representatives are stationed inside the port/terminal complexes (where permitted) for an indefinite period and they will liaise with the respective terminal representatives, vessel masters and other authorities (Customs-Immigration-Port Health) to ensure inward/outward clearance of vessels is performed without any delay.

GAC staff in Luanda, Soyo and Cabinda remain operational, though offices are physically closed, and can be contacted on their mobile phones and/or email.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Angola, contact GAC Angola at [email protected]

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