Summer clothing is recommended all year long.

Swimsuits and transparent or provocative clothes are frowned upon in towns and villages.

It is not advisable for women to walk bare-breasted on beaches.

Bathing shoes are recommended because of coral.

If you consider climbing the Karthala, bring warm, weatherproof clothing as well as walking boots.

In relation to Great Britain, the timetable is brought forward by two hours.

The official religion is Islam (99 % of Comorian muslims are moderate and tolerant).

Gathering coral and some shellfish, hunting and catching birds, endemic reptiles or makis is prohibited, as all these species are protected by law.

 
 
 
Geographical map & Climate
The climate is tropical, with air temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees C.
There are only two seasons: the hot and humid season (November to March) and the dry season
(milder with less rain) from April to October. The hottest months are January and February.
The sun rises at c. 6 a.m. and sets at c. 6 p.m.


Water & Electricity
Electrical devices, plugs and power points are similar to European norms: 220 volts, 50 hz.
Water is drinkable, but it is advisable to drink bottled water only (available in all shops).


Timetable & Schedule
Shops are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (some are closed from 1 to 4 p.m.).

Government services are open :

- Monday to Thursday : 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Friday : 7:30 to 11 a.m.
- Saturday : 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Banks are open:

- Monday to Thursday : 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Friday : 7:30 to 11 a.m.
- Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Language
The national language is Comorian, a dialect derived from Swahili and Arabic.
The official language is French.
English is spoken by a minority (mostly shopkeepers of Indian ascent).

Lexicon
How do you do : Kwezi
Good morning : Bariza subuhi
Good afternoon : Bariza husha
Good evening : Bariza masihu
Hello, how are you ? : Edjé
I’m fine : N'djema
Good bye : Lalawunono
Good night : Masihu mema
Can I come in ? : Hodi ?
Come in : Karibu

Water : Madji
Yes, O.K : Ewa
No : An-An
Thank you very much : Marahaba menji
It’s very good : Udjipva ndro
Man : Mwanamme
Women : Mwanamshe
The white man, the Frenchman : Mzungu
White men, French people : Wazungu
France : Farantsa
Useful Phone Numbers
You can buy coded callcards. Dialling codes are (00269) for France and (0044) for the United Kingdom.
There is a duty office (24 hours a day) at the

- French embassy: (00269) 73 06 15.
- Consular department in Moroni: (00269) 73 06 15/ 73 07 53.
- Itsandra Plongée (diving club and restaurant): (00269) 73 44 09/ 33 44 09.
Currency & Change
After the Comorian franc (set rate: 1 euro = 492 Comorian francs), the euro is the second currency in the Comoros. Changing them is not necessary, as you will be given Comorian francs in exchange for your euros.

Credit cards: Except for one or two hotels, credit cards are not accepted. However, you can withdraw cash at the Banque Internationale du Commerce des Comores (BIC, place de France, near the General Post Office), which is a subsidiary company of the BNP-Paribas. You will thus depend on the opening hours (Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday: 7:30 to 11 a.m.).

In an emergency, some hotels and shops will accept French cheques

Visas
You must provide yourself with a valid passport and a visa which can be issued at the airport.
Rates :
- 5 day visas: 15 euros
- 7 day visas: 24 euros
- 2 day extension: 12 euros
- 1 week extension: 24 euros

For visa extensions, bring two identity photographs.
Vaccinations
Preventive measures against malaria are recommended.
No compulsory vaccinations.