The Comoros Travel Advice

Security travel advice for The Comoros

Security information

Threat level: Medium
Most visits to The Comoros should be trouble-free as the crime rate is relatively low and most crime only occurs in the main cities at night. The threat of terror in The Comoros is also low, however, you should still be vigilant when in the main cities and keep local laws and customs in consideration during your visit.

There has been civil unrest on the Island of Anjouan, where gunshots and explosions have been reported recently. It is advised to limit your movements around Anjouan and avoid crowds and demonstrations, as clashes have occurred before between protesters and security forces.

Recent Security Risk Events
The Comoros is a predominantly Islamic country. To avoid getting into any trouble with the local authorities, you should respect all local traditions and religious customs. Be aware that actions that you would normally consider acceptable may offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Homosexuality is illegal in the Comoros and acts of homosexuality can result in severe punishments including up to 5 years in prison. There is still no recognition of legal rights or legal protection for same sex couples so you should exercise extreme caution when visiting the country.

Security Risks
Crime rates are low throughout the country but you should be cautious in built up areas and popular tourist locations. Basic security precautions will help to ensure a trouble-free visit. Avoid walking alone at night and do not carry large sums of cash as pick pockets often target tourists and are known to operate in popular tourist locations.

There have been some instances of sexual assault. Cases like these are uncommon and are not thought to be specifically aimed at foreign visitors. To decrease your vulnerability, be cautious in bars and nightclubs, avoid leaving your drink unattended and be wary of accepting drinks from strangers.

The threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships is significant, with attacks occurring in coastal waters in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

International Relations
The Comoros is a well-established member of the United Nations and the African Union. The country has strong relations with its African neighbours and many Arab countries, it is also a member of the Arab League. Their most significant international relationship is that with France as the country offers aid, cultural, and defence support to their former colony.

Travel considerations
You can drive in the Comoros with some national licences, but some nationalities will need an international driving licence. You can find out more information from your local Comorian Embassy.

Roads around the main cities are in relatively good condition but roads in rural areas tend to be quite poor condition. The rainy season, which typically runs from December until June, can render some roads impassable due to landslides.

General information

Capital: Moroni
Official languages: Comorian, Arabic and French
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Currency: Comorian franc (KMF)
Time now in Moroni:

Visa requirements
Most nationalities will require a visa to enter the Comoros. Visas are typically issued upon arrival if you are intending to stay for less than 30 days. A tourist visa costs 30 Euros. Passports must also be valid for a minimum period of six months.

It is advised that visitors to the Comoros are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is recommended for most travellers to also get a Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. You should check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.

Other health risks
Malaria is common to the Comoros and it is advised to take preventative measures such as anti-malarial medications. Dengue, a virus transmitted by mosquito bites is also an issue, it is therefore recommended to take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites, including the use of a mosquito net and mosquito repellent sprays.

Medical facilities are poor on all three islands and in any major medical emergencies you will have to be evacuated. This can be costly so you should ensure you have medical insurance that covers the costs of evacuations.

Consular information

The United States of America does not have an Embassy in the Comoros, all Consular activites are carried our by its Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius.
U.S. Embassy Port Louis
Rogers House,
4th Floor,
P.O. Box 544,
President John Kennedy St,
Port Louis,
Telephone: +230 202 4400

The United Kingdom does not have an Embassy in the Comoros, all Consular activites are carried our by British High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius.
British High Commission in Port Louis
7th floor, Cascades Building,
Edith Cavell Street,
P.O. box 1063,
Port Louis,
Telephone: +230 202 9400

You are responsible for your own safety abroad and for making the decision to travel.

The information contained in this Travel Advice for the Comoros is provided for information only. Whilst care is taken to ensure that this country brief is as up-to-date and accurate as possible, it is provided on an "as is" basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Intelligent Protection International Limited does not assume responsibility and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

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