PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS

PRACTICAL HEALTH INFORMATIONS
The international vaccination booklet against yellow fever and cholera is recommended for all visitors coming from affected areas or who spent at least one day there. Preventive measures against malaria are strongly recommended.

VISAS
Every visitor has to bring a valid passport and the visa can be obtained on the spot. The types and tariffs of visas appear as follows:

• Transit visa and tourist: valid 45 days: 30 euros.
• Exit visa for the residents: 4000 fc or 8€.
• One year renewable visa: 125 000 kmf or 250€.
• 10 years residence permit: 250 000 kmf or 500€.
• Exit visa valid one year for the residents: 20.000 kmf or 40€.
• Service aimed visa: free.
• Visa for minors (under 18 years): free.

WORKING HOURS
• Stores open from 08:30 am till 5:30 pm.
• Public services open from 07:30 am till 2:30 pm, from Monday till Thursday; from 07:30 am till 11:30 am Friday and from 07:30 am till 12:00 am on Saturdays.
• Banks open from 07:15 am till 1:00 pm from Monday till Thursday; from 07:15 am till 11:00 am Friday and are closed on Saturdays.
• La Banque Postale, which has two branches in France, opens on Saturdays and is open everyday until 5:00 P.M.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
• January 1st, New Year.
• May 1st, international labour day.
• July 6th, Independence Day
• Anniversary day of the Miraj (ascent)
• Birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW.
• 1st day of the Muslim year (1st Muharram).
• Anniversary of the death of Koutb Al Said Mohamed Cheikh Al Maarouf.
• Ide el fitr festival: three days following the 29th of the Ramadan (sacred month of the fast).
• The day and the following day of Ide el Kabir (festival of the sacrifice)
• 12 November, anniversary of the Comoros’s admission to the United Nations, dedicated «Maoré Day» (for claiming Mayotte), paid holiday

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE
• Credit cards: find out at your bank branch? Traveller’s checks: checks issued in euros are advised.
• The International Bank of Industry and Commerce, and the EXIM Bank are the only banks that exchange traveller’s checks. In order to avoid additional charges, tourists are advised to use checks issued in euros, dollars or pounds sterling.
• The exchange rate is € 1 = 491.96675 kmf

LANGUAGE
The national language is Comorian (dialect derived from Swahili and Arabic). The official languages are French and Arabic. English is spoken by a minority of individuals.

GETTING AROUND
The city taxis and “bush” taxis are collective. The fare starts at 300 FC, about 0.60.

DRIVING CODE
In accordance with French traffic, the Comoros Union follows right-hand drive. The international permit is required for car and motorcycle renting.

WATER AND ELECTRICITY
• 220 volts, 50 HZ.
• The water is drinkable, but it is possible to obtain mineral and source water of high quality, produced in Comoros or imported from France and the region.

FLYING TO COMOROS
• By air: Yemenia Airways (three times a week), Kenya Airways (three times a week) and Air Tanzania, provide a regular service on international routes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Air Austral and Air Madagascar, provide regional lines to Reunion Island, Madagascar, Mauritius, Tanzania, Mombasa for a continuation to international destinations. Inter-Island Air serves the archipelago and part of the region, Madagascar and Tanzania.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
See-through clothing and swimsuits are not permitted in town or in villages. Do not buy marine products such as marine turtles, corals, shells (especially black) that form part of the protected species.

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