Threat level: Low
Most visits to The Comoros should be trouble free as the crime rate is relatively low and most crime only occurs in the main cities at night. The threat of terror in The Comoros is also low however you should still be vigilant when in the main cities and keep local laws and customs in consideration during your visit.
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The Comoros is a predominantly Islamic country. To avoid getting into any trouble with the local authorities you should respect all local traditions and religious customs. Be aware that actions that you would normally consider acceptable may offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
Homosexuality is illegal in the Comoros and acts of homosexuality can result in severe punishments including up to 5 years in prison. There is still no recognition of legal rights or legal protection for same sex couples so you should exercise extreme caution when visiting the country.
Crime rates are low throughout the country but you should be cautious in built up areas and popular tourist locations. Basic security precautions will help to ensure a trouble free visit. Avoid walking alone at night and do not carry large sums of cash as pick pockets often target tourists and are known to operate in popular tourist locations.
There have been some instances of sexual assault. Cases like these are uncommon and are not thought to be specifically aimed at foreign visitors. To decrease your vulnerability, be cautious in bars and nightclubs, avoid leaving your drink unattended and be wary of accepting drinks from strangers.
The Comoros is a well established member of the United Nations and the African Union. The country has strong relations with its African neighbours and many Arab countries, it is also a member of the Arab League. Their most significant international relationship is that with France as the country offers aid, cultural, and defence support to their former colony.
You can drive in the Comoros with some national licences, but some nationalities will need an international driving licence. You can find out more information from your local Comorian Embassy.
Roads around the main cities are in relatively good condition but roads in rural areas tend to be quite poor condition. The rainy season, which typically runs from December until June, can render some roads impassable due to landslides.