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Old 9 Oct 2012
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With the LOI it should be possible, at sample @ matadi, when you read this.

Africa: Through DRC...

Because of the elections in august in Angola, all transit visa's were blocked, the only option for tourists is now to get the visa in the home country, and this was no option for our group, now 5 people from different countries, as it would take too long and cost too much.
The election should be over.... But i would still suggest way suggestet from Titbird (sorry for duplicate the informations) -to get the visa in your homecountry.

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Originally Posted by Ronnie79 View Post
We got our Multientry Angola visa at the embassy in Sweden. They told me that it was valid for ENTRY within 60 days and then you could stay in the country for 30 days. Ask about twenty times. I really hope that's the case because we would like to exit after the expiry (60 days) date!
Just want to confirm that this was true and with multi its possible to re-enter within 30 days from the date of first entry, even if its later than then expiry date on the visa. But not many had seen a multi visa so a few of them had to call their boss.
The Angola customs didn't recognize our Carnet de Passage at Ruacana. After a couple of hours we had to buy TIP for 550 N$.
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is there any 'general consensus' that applying in the first instance for a 5 day transit visa is more successful than going for the 30 day tourist visa?

i am on a bit of a tight schedule. DHL'ing my passport to singapore would preclude me entering lesotho / swaziland (I only have 1 passport).

however I had planned to apply in pretoria / durban / cape town / windhoek.

someone suggests needing the LOI to be addressed to the specific embassy... is this 100% accurate? has anyone had luck at a different embassy / consulate to that which the LOI is addressed?? I don't want to pay for 4 LOI's, assuming Flamingo will in fact provide any.

what sort of time-frames are people getting for visa turn-around? a day? a week? i'd be happy to wait a week if i knew it would be successful. otherwise i'll save a whole bunch of effort, plan up lumbabashi-kinshasa and re-visit the caprivi.

thanks for all the replies & info.

i wonder if providing LOI's could become a 2nd 'job' for an industrious angolan???

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We - non-residents in Zambia - arranged our Angolan visa in Lusaka recently. We needed - among others - a bank statement (prints) and a letter from our embassy (Netherlands) in which was requested to be kind to us and issue the visa, but no invitation letter. Visa has to be used within 2 months after the date of issuing. Costed about USD 120 (and this would take 1 week) and we were granted 4 weeks. Hopefully the border officials will allow us entry on the basis of this visa.

It's a single entry by the way; does anyone has experience is changing this into a double entry, e.g. in Luanda? We prefer driving through Cabinda, but that's obviously not possible with our current visa.
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Any news on people travelling south getting the visa en route, we will probley be crossdding the DRC if not, but lets see how thing work out with m23 in the east first
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Another update: we managed to cross the border at Santa Clara with our visa issued in Lusaka, it took almost 4 hours, but we did not have any serious trouble. They asked for a letter of invitation, which we did not have, but we showed our letter from the Dutch embassy in Lusaka (which we used to get the visa) and they accepted this. Our conclusion: these days it seems to be possible to travel overland through Angola without a visa which is issued in your home country.
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lusaka is the place to go...

30 day ordinary visa issued.

letter from my embassy (australia, supplied gratis via email from harare)
bank statement
2 passport photos
1 passport copy

had to get the bank details for the embassy & head down the road to deposit $100 USD (local equivalent) then go back to the embassy & submit the application form.

took 1 week. didn't seem to be an express method.

i crossed from namibia into ruacana. they asked for the LOI. i handed over a copy of the letter and the immigration guy glanced at it, stamped my passport and returned the letter. no problems.

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There was an express method in Lusaka; you could get the visa in 2 days if you would pay USD 200.
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