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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary, tourist trips to the Comoros will continue warned.

Epidemiological situation

The Comoros have been less affected by COVID-19 so far. However, the Comoros remain classified as a risk area.
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides current and detailed figures.

entry

A negative COVID-19 PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, must be presented prior to departure. A health check (usually temperature measurement) is carried out for all travelers upon entry. Travelers with COVID-19 symptoms may be retested for COVID-19. There is no quarantine requirement.

Transit and onward travel

Transit and onward travel within the country is again possible without major restrictions.

Travel connections

The international airport in Moroni is open to passenger traffic, but not all airlines still fly to the Comoros.

Restrictions in the country

There are currently no restrictions.

Hygiene rules

There is no mask requirement.

  • Find out about detailed measures and additional information from the Comorian government.
  • In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, contact the health department in Moroni.
  • Note the test and quarantine requirements when entering Germany from risk areas (not transit) and contact the health department at your place of residence. The Federal Ministry of Health offers further information on compulsory testing.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • Please note our continuously updated information on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

Domestic situation

The domestic political situation is tense and fragile. In the wake of the presidential elections, there were repeated demonstrations and gatherings in March and April 2019, some of which were violently broken up by security forces. A resurgence of violent clashes cannot be ruled out. The capital Moroni and the island of Anjouan would be particularly affected.

  • Follow the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

The crime rate is low, but poverty-related crime must be expected anytime and anywhere.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • In large crowds such as markets, parks and beaches, be extra vigilant and watch out for your valuables.
  • If possible, avoid walking alone in the dark.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Piracy on the high seas

There is still a risk of pirate attacks and capture off the coasts of Somalia and its neighboring countries, as well as in the adjacent waters. Despite international efforts to contain piracy, ships deep in the Indian Ocean (around the Seychelles and Madagascar) and off Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Yemen and Oman are also at risk of being attacked and hijacked.

Nature and climate

The Comoros are located in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes and volcanic activity can occur. Karthala volcano is another active volcano near Moroni.

The climate is tropical. Monsoons and tropical cyclones can hit the Comoros, especially in the rainy season from December to April. At the end of April 2019, cyclone Kenneth caused considerable damage.

Travel info

Responsible diplomatic mission

There is no German diplomatic mission in the Comoros. The German embassy in Dar es Salaam / Tanzania is responsible. The only EU representation on site is the French embassy in Moroni, and France also opened a small consular branch in Mutsamudu in 2017.

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

The road network is generally in a desolate state. Particular caution is required when driving after dark. The fuel supply is not always guaranteed. The flight connections between the islands are operated by two private airlines, one of which is on the black list of unsafe airlines. The intra-Comorian flight connections and telecommunications are still irregular and often disrupted. Small motorized boats (so-called kvassa-kvassa) that provide transportation between the islands are not a safe mode of transport.

Traffic and communication connections are unreliable nationwide and can be interrupted or restricted at short notice. Fuel is still scarce in the Comoros.

Driving license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.

Special instructions on how to behave

The Comoros are a strongly Muslim country. Travelers are expected to conform to the codes of conduct and morals of the greater part of the population.

  • Shorts, cut-out dresses, and miniskirts should not be worn in the city.
  • Do not consume alcohol in public.
  • Women should avoid bathing on public beaches, especially during Ramadan.

LGBTIQ

Comorian law prohibits sexual acts between people of the same sex. This is punished with up to 5 years in prison or large fines. LGBTIQ travelers should carefully weigh the risks of traveling to the Comoros.

Legal specifics

Adultery in the Comoros can be punished with fines and up to two years imprisonment if the spouse reports it.

The law does not explicitly define prostitution as a criminal offense, but it is considered socially unacceptable. Dance club and hotel owners can be held accountable for employing underage prostitutes (up to the age of 21) or for tolerating prostitution in connection with violence.

Pedophilia, the practice of "indecent acts" and the seduction of minors are severely punished by the legislature.

Photography is prohibited for military and security-relevant facilities (e.g. airports, bridges, government buildings).

The consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants in public is forbidden, the possession of illegal drugs is strictly punished. The death penalty can be imposed for the most serious crimes.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the Comoros Franc (KMF). The exchange of euros in local currency is possible in the capital, it is advisable to bring cash. You should inquire in advance whether credit cards are accepted in hotels. There are ATMs in Moroni that accept major credit cards, but do not work reliably.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information going beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

  • Passport:Yes
  • Temporary passport:Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry.

visa

German citizens need a visa to enter the country.

A tourist visa can be issued upon arrival at the international airport on Grande Comore. This can be issued with a validity of up to 45 days upon entry upon presentation of the return flight ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover the accommodation costs. No distinction is made between tourists and business travelers. A visa extension is possible. The foreign mission responsible for Germany is the Embassy of the Union of the Comoros in Brussels.

Entry by sea

Travelers arriving on sailing yachts should definitely go through customs formalities in the ports before entering the interior of the island.

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

Daily necessities can be introduced. The importation of alcohol, weapons and drugs of all kinds and of all kinds of pornographic material is strictly prohibited.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

From January 1, 2020, proof of vaccinations against yellow fever and meningococcal ACWY will be required upon entry. An official confirmation of these vaccination regulations by the responsible authorities is still pending.

  • If necessary, inquire individually about possible mandatory vaccinations at the responsible embassy of the Union of the Comoros in Brussels.
  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A and polio are recommended as travel vaccinations, and for long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, meningococcal disease (ACWY), typhoid and rabies.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually associated with fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs and is increasingly affecting travelers as well. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences, and there are seldom long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see leaflet Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid Chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

malaria

Malaria is caused by crepuscular and nocturnal anophelesMosquitoes transmitted. If left untreated, the dangerous one in particular is Malaria tropica often fatal in non-immune Europeans. The disease can break out weeks to months after your stay in the risk area, see Malaria leaflet.

  • If you develop a fever during or even months after a corresponding trip, see the doctor as soon as possible and inform him about your stay in a malaria area.

To avoid malaria, protect yourself consistently against insect bites as part of exposure prophylaxis. You should pay particular attention to the following points:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers the body (long trousers, long shirts).
  • Repeatedly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body during the day (dengue) as well as in the evening and at night (malaria).
  • If necessary, sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.

There is a high risk of malaria all year round in the whole country including the cities, see Standing Committee for Travel Medicine (StAR) of the DTG.

Depending on the travel profile, in addition to the necessary exposure prophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis (taking tablets) is also useful. Various prescription drugs (e.g. atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine) are available on the German market for this purpose.

  • Discuss the choice of medication and its personal adjustment as well as side effects or intolerance to other medication with a tropical medicine or travel medicine specialist before taking it.
  • It is recommended that you bring sufficient supplies with you.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, most diarrheal diseases can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you're out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

Poisonous animals

In all tropical countries there are a number of sometimes dangerous poisonous snakes whose bite can cause severe physical damage (including death). Many snakes are nocturnal, so if possible do not walk around outdoors at night. Do not reach into holes or crevices in the ground, under stones or brushwood, twigs or similar confusing material. There are also some very poisonous spider and scorpion species, as well as other animals with potentially strong poisonous effects (e.g. certain strikingly colored caterpillars, centipedes). As usual in the tropics:

  • Be careful where you reach, where you step, and where you sit or lie down.
  • Before using duvets and sheets, items of clothing, footwear and headgear, remove any poisonous "lodgers" that may be present by carefully shaking them out.

Medical supplies

Medical care cannot be compared with Europe and is technically, technically and hygienically problematic locally. There is no adequate emergency care. Adequate, worldwide health insurance coverage and reliable travel repatriation insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take an individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you travel, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information for your travel destination

Here you will find the addresses of the responsible diplomatic missions and information on politics and bilateral relations with Germany.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or in which they can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .

German nationals are recommended to register in the Foreign Office's "Elefand" crisis prevention list, regardless of their country or the length of their stay abroad:
Crisis preparedness list

Please clarify with your health insurance company whether there is adequate health insurance coverage for your trip abroad, which also covers the costs of a rescue flight to Germany.

Without adequate insurance cover, necessary costs (e.g.