SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

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

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

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

ROAD SAFETY

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.

MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

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.

PIRACY

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live Piracy Report – International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

WOMEN’S SAFETY

Women travelling alone may be subject to certain forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Safe-travel guide for women

GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION

Tourist facilities are limited. Telecommunications are unreliable. Water shortages and power disruptions occur periodically.