For driving in Angola, foreign visitors must have valid driver licenses issued by their domestic countries. An International driving permit is recommended.

The general road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
  • The minimum age restriction is 18 years.
  • Overtaking is prohibited:
  1. at the bumps;
  2. immediately before and at pedestrian crossings;
  3. immediately before and at intersections and junctions;
  4. immediately before and at railway crossing;
  5. pedestrians;
  6. at curves;
  7. at all locations with insufficient visibility;
  8. on bridges and in tunnels;
  9. to overtake a vehicle that is overtaking a third.
  • The speed limit for vehicles without trailers is: in built up areas – 60 km/h, outside built up areas – 90 km/h, on open roads in lanes for cars and motorcycles – 100 km/h, on highways – 120 km/h.
  • The speed limit for vehicles with trailers is: in built up areas – 50 km/h, outside built up areas – 70 km/h, on open roads in lanes for cars and motorcycles – 80 km/h, on highways – 100 km/h.
  • The driver must give way to traffic coming from his right in intersections and junctions. The driver with the right of way should observe the necessary precautions to traffic safety.
  • The driver must always give way:
  1. when exiting a parking lot, a supply zone Fuel or any building or particular path;
  2. when entering a highway or in a lane reserved for cars and motorcycles, duly signed by the respective branches
  3. access;
  4. when entering a roundabout;
  5. to vehicles coming out of a level crossing.
  • Outside the towns, in which lane roads have only one route transit affects each direction, the driver of heavy or agricultural vehicle, traction, and other vehicles proceeding at idle should keep in relation to vehicle which precedes a distance of not less than 50 meters allowing its safe passing.
  • Reversing the direction of travel is prohibited:
  1. at the bumps;
  2. curves, intersections or junctions of reduced visibility;
  3. on bridges, at level crossings, and in tunnels;
  4. wherever visibility is insufficient;
  5. where there is intensive traffic.
  • Outside the towns, the stop must be made out of traffic lanes or it being impossible closest to its boundary right, parallel with it and the direction of travel. Within the towns, stopping and parking are allowed only in permitted places which are specially designed for this purpose and in the manner indicated or in lane closest to the respective right boundary, parallel with it and the direction of travel.
  • It is forbidden to stop or park:
  1. on the bridges, at roundabouts, in tunnels, at level crossings, on underpasses and everywhere insufficient visibility;
  2. less than 5 m on either side of intersections or junctions;
  3. less than 3 m or 15 m on either side of signals indicative of stopping of vehicles in public passenger transport, depending transiting or not on rails;
  4. less than 5 m before and passages marked for crossing pedestrians or bicycles;
  5. less than 20 m before the signal lights placed at the entrance of intersections and junctions;
  • Parking is also prohibited less than 10 m on either side of level crossings, less than 5 m on either side of the filling stations.

Additional information:

  • In Angola, road conditions vary outside its capital. During the rainy season from October to March, driving is dangerous since potholes and erosion can be on the roads; some roads are impassable during that time.
  • Tourists from the United States can drive in Angola using their domestic driver licenses for one month only. During this month they should apply for an Angolan driving permit.
  • There are no toll roads in Angola.
  • The driver should have the following documents: the identity card or passport, driver license, and certificate of insurance.


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