Traveling Luck for Comoros
Comoros is located in Southern Africa, group of islands at the northern mouth of the Mozambique Channel, about two-thirds of the way between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique.
Land in Comoros is volcanic islands, interiors vary from steep mountains to low hills.
Comoran land covers an area of 2170 square kilometers which is slightly more than 12 times the size of Washington, DC
As for the Comoran climate; tropical marine; rainy season (November to May).
Comoran(s) speak Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic).
Places of note in Comoros
Comoran National Map
Comoros has endured 19 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975. In 1997, the islands of Anjouan and Moheli declared independence from Comoros. In 1999, military chief Col. AZALI seized power. He pledged to resolve the secessionist crisis through a confederal arrangement named the 2000 Fomboni Accord. In December 2001, voters approved a new constitution and presidential elections took place in the spring of 2002. Each island in the archipelago elected its own president and a new union president took office in May 2002.
One of the world's poorest countries, Comoros is made up of three islands that have inadequate transportation links, a young and rapidly increasing population, and few natural resources. The low educational level of the labor force contributes to a subsistence level of economic activity, high unemployment, and a heavy dependence on foreign grants and technical assistance. Agriculture, including fishing, hunting, and forestry, contributes 40% to GDP, employs 80% of the labor force, and provides most of the exports. The country is not self-sufficient in food production; rice, the main staple, accounts for the bulk of imports. The government - which is hampered by internal political disputes - is struggling to upgrade education and technical training, privatize commercial and industrial enterprises, improve health services, diversify exports, promote tourism, and reduce the high population growth rate. Increased foreign support is essential if the goal of 4% annual GDP growth is to be met. Remittances from 150,000 Comorans abroad help supplement GDP.
Comoran natural resources include NEGL
important location at northern end of Mozambique Channel
Comoran religion is Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%.
Natural hazards in Comoros include cyclones possible during rainy season (December to April); Le Kartala on Grand Comore is an active volcano.
- There is no British Embassy in Comoros, nor an Honorary Consul. Comoros is covered from the British High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius. Please see the Contact details of this travel advice for their address details.
- We are not aware of any British nationals who have required consular assistance in Comoros in the past year. However, you should take sensible precautions against pickpockets and muggers and not walk unaccompanied in town centres at night.
- The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance
SAFETY AND SECURITY
The three islands which make up the Union of the Comoros, are generally crime-free, but you should take sensible precautions against pickpocketing and mugging. You should not walk around town centres unaccompanied at night. Safeguard valuables and cash. Deposit them in hotel safes, where practicable. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, in a separate place to the documents themselves.
Comoros Country Profile.
You should be aware of the possibility of political or other unrest and should avoid demonstrations, rallies and other large public gatherings.
Facilities on Anjouan are basic. Moheli has few facilities for tourists. On Grande Comore (also known as Ngadijza) there are a few hotels of an acceptable standard in or near the capital Moroni.
On Grande Comore, the main round-island road is of a reasonable standard, but some other roads are in a poor condition.
You may use either a UK or International driving licence for up to 3 months. You should consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Tel: 00 269 744 100 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) if an extension is required.
You can travel between the three islands by air. The EU has published a list of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the community. You should check the following link to see whether this will affect your travel: www.dh.gov.uk
You can travel between the three islands by boat. You should exercise care at all times when travelling by boat and avoid travel on vessels that are clearly overloaded, in poor condition or do not have lifejackets available, as overloaded ferries have capsized in Comoran waters, sometimes with significant loss of life. The most recent incident happened on 10 September 2006.
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS