Angola and Brazilian authorities meet to Discuss Visa Issue

The immigration authorities of Angola and Brazil are due to discuss the visa processing issues between the two countries, especially for entrepreneurs and people seeking medical treatment in Brazil.

The information was disclosed Tuesday in Brasilia by Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chicoty, at the end of a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, António de Aguiar Patriota.

During the contacts, Angola and Brazil agreed on the strengthening of bilateral cooperation at the level of the political positions about world matters.

The Georges Chicoty told press that Angola counts on Brazil to boost its economy, particularly in the agricultural sector, where the Brazilian experience in research and development of crops will be used.

In the field of cooperation at international level, the minister explained that the two sides reviewed the conflicts in Africa, having agreed on the continuation of the support for the stabilisation in Guinea-Bissau.

In the first half of 2012 the two countries will be holding bilateral talks to flesh out the understanding reached.

António Patriota expressed his country’s availability to support Angola in the fields of education, strengthening of public management, industry and development of sciences and technology, where digitalisation of television becomes relevant.

 

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Angola & Portugal Speed Up Visa Processes in Bilateral Agreement

Angola and Portugal have approved and signed, on 15th September, a bilateral agreement that will simplify and speed up the processing of visas for travel between the two countries, in a move designed to cut bureaucracy, strengthen and facilitate growth and investment their already significant economic ties for their respective nationals.

Angolans have been frustrated with the visa process, while many Portuguese have had to wait months for business visas or work permits, with many of them rejected after the wait.

The deal would allow for the issuing of two new visas.

– A multiple-entry short-term business visa for stays of up to 90 days per entry within a six-month period.

– A multiple-entry long-term work permit will allow stays of up to 12 months per entry.

Both visas will be valid for travel for up to three years, compared to the previous one year, though in Portugal, the long-term visa will be issued in 12-month increments and must be renewed from within the country. The visas will also benefit from expedited processing.

The short-term visa will be processed in a maximum of eight days. The long-term work visa will be processed in a maximum of 30 days. Visa renewals and extensions will be processed in up to five business days.

“This deal will make things a lot easier, and I would consider it revolutionary for the movement of people and goods between the countries,” Angolan Foreign Minister George Chikoti told reporters after signing the agreement in Lisbon.

There have also been media reports that Angola and Norway are considering a similar bilateral agreement as well as Brazil and Angola.

 

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Entry/Exit Requirements into Angola

A passports and visas are required in advance. Angola does not issue airport visas.  If you arrive or remain in Angola without a visa, you will be subject to arrest or exclusion.  Travellers may also encounter delays if they do not have at least one completely blank visa page in their passports for entry stamps.

You should allow several weeks for the processing of your visa application unless you are applying for the urgent business visa.

As of November 1, 2007, Angola you are no longer required to have an exit visa.

International Certificate of Vaccination is required. If your international immunization cards do not show inoculations against yellow fever within the past ten years you may be subject to exclusion, on-the-spot vaccination, and/or heavy fines.

It is also illegal to attempt to carry local currency out of Angola and persons found attempting to carry local currency out of Angola are subject to having this currency confiscated by customs officers.

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