Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance. Go to the traveler's office and take all the necessary vaccinations and prevention medications, if applicable.
On the coast, the average temperature is 21ºC in the summer and 16ºC in the winter. The dry season is typically from May to October and the hot and rainy season from November to April.
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Angola is a country in southwest Africa, with an Atlantic Ocean coastline. It has a combination of African traditions and the influence of hundreds of years as a Portuguese colony. The current political regime in Angola is a presidential system, in which the president is also the head of government, has legislative powers and also appoints the supreme court.
The local currency is the Kwanza (AOA). The banking system is well developed, especially in large cities. Check with your bank in advance if your card will be valid in Angola. Tips are not mandatory. It is up to you whether to tip, depending on the quality of the service provided.
The official language is Portuguese. Other national languages exist, such as Umbundu and Kimbundu. Some useful phrases in Portuguese are: “olá” = hi, “por favor” = please; “muito obrigado/a” = thank you very much; “desculpe” = sorry.
You can be at ease with your body language - Angolans are a very close people. They feel more comfortable dealing with people they already know and trust, so try to establish a personal relationship before you talk about business.
You must not interrupt someone when they are talking, it is a sign of disrespect. At your first meeting with someone to talk business, do not immediately start with business talk. This moment usually serves for everyone to get to know each other better.
The business world, especially in Luanda, is as formal as it is in the Western world and it is normal to wear a suit when doing business.
The most common form of greeting is the handshake. Sometimes a slight bow is also made when meeting someone senior in age or status. Asking for the family and being genuinely interested is a sign of respect. Hierarchy is important, and titles and surnames are usually used as a demonstration of respect.