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Comoros - Exercise a high degree of caution
Exercise a high degree of caution in the Union of the Comoros due to limited emergency services and inadequate medical facilities.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Presidential elections are due to take place on March 24, 2019. Demonstrations could occur before, during and after the elections.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for the latest information
Although infrequent, petty crime such as pickpocketing, purse snatching and theft from unlocked cars occurs.
- Exercise caution in crowded outdoor markets, parks and beaches.
- Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
- Avoid walking alone at night.
Demonstrations may occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Curfew orders can be declared with minimal notice.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country. Roads are narrow and poorly lit. Most urban roads are paved, but many rural roads are not. Dangerous curves, non-existent guardrails and potholes are common. Exercise extreme caution when driving at night. Emergency roadside assistance is non-existent. In the event of an accident, proceed to the nearest police station.
Taxis and car rentals are available. They’re preferable to public transportation, which is crowded, unreliable and sometimes unsafe.
It’s possible to travel among the Comoros islands by boat. Ferry accidents occur occasionally due to the overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels. Don’t board vessels that appear overloaded or unseaworthy.
Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.
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We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Women travelling alone may be subject to certain forms of harassment and verbal abuse.
General safety information
Tourist facilities are limited. Telecommunications are unreliable. Water shortages and power disruptions occur periodically.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Comorian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave Comoros.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
- Tourist visa: Required (available on arrival)
- Business visa: Required (available on arrival)
- Student visa: Required (available on arrival)
You must obtain a visa to visit the Comoros. You may obtain a 45-day tourist visa on arrival at the Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Moroni or at other points of entry. If required, you may extend your visa in Moroni.
Additional entry requirements
You must present an onward or return ticket at your point of entry.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
- There are no updates at this time.
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world.
Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Rabies is a deadly illness spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from an infected animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (e.g., are children, have an occupational risk, or in close contact with animals, including free roaming dogs in communities).
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in East Africa, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in East Africa. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
- Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
- Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
- The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.
Travellers visiting regions with a risk typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
In some areas in East Africa, certain insects carry and spread diseases like African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, onchocerciasis (river blindness), Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus and yellow fever.
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently a risk of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
- Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
- Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Zika virus infection
Zika virus infection is a risk in this country. The mosquito that spreads the virus is found here.
All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites and other diseases spread by insects.
- There is a risk of malaria throughout the year in the whole country.
- Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes. There is no vaccine against malaria.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent and staying in well-screened air-conditioned accommodations. You may also consider sleeping under an insecticide-treated bednet or pre-treating travel gear with insecticides.
- See a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss the benefits of taking antimalarial medication and to determine which one to take.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in East Africa, like avian influenza, ebola, and rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Medical facilities are basic on Anjouan, Grande Comore and Mohéli islands. Medical supplies and prescription medications are limited. The frequent interruption of electricity and water supplies can affect hospitals. Medical evacuation, which can be very expensive, may be necessary in the event of serious illness or injury. Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Always carry photo identification, such as a passport or driver’s licence. Local authorities may ask you to prove your identity.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect a mandatory minimum five-year jail sentence, heavy fines and deportation.
Other illegal activities
Public inebriation is illegal. Convicted offenders are subject to fines and possible imprisonment.
Photography of government buildings, military installations, public infrastructure (such as ports and train stations) and monuments is illegal. It may result in penalties, including detention and arrest. Authorities could also confiscate your photographic equipment. Avoid taking photos of Comorans without their permission.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in the Comoros.
If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of the Comoros, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.
Dress and behaviour
During the lunar month of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Muslim calendar), refrain from drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. In 2019, Ramadan is expected to begin on or around May 5.
Dress conservatively, behave discreetly and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities. Avoid wearing shorts or other revealing clothing, except at local beaches.
Seatbelts are mandatory for drivers and front-seat passengers.
International driving permit
You must carry the International Driving Permit.
Comoran law prohibits sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. Those convicted can face up to 5 years imprisonment and heavy fines. LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to the Comoros.
The currency in the Comoros is the franc (KMF).
The economy is mostly cash-based. ATMs are not widely available. Banking facilities are minimal, with only one established bank on Grande Comore. Most businesses don’t accept credit cards.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
The Comoros archipelago is located in an active seismic and volcanic zone. Mount Karthala is an active volcano near Moroni. It erupted most recently in 2007.
Monsoons and rarer tropical cyclones usually occur during the hot and humid rainy season, which runs from December to April. During this period, even small storms can quickly develop into major monsoons.
These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.
If you decide to travel to the Comoros during the rainy season:
- know that you expose yourself to potential safety risks
- be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
- stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
- carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
- follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 17
- medical assistance: 269 772 03 73
- firefighters: 18
There is no Canadian government office in the Comoros. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the High Commission of Canada in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Dar Es Salaam - High Commission of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services.
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