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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Travel Info

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Travel Info

How do you get into the country?

Due to the ongoing military conflicts in some parts of the country, tourist trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo are not recommended. We expressly warn against traveling to the east and north-east of the country. If you still have to or want to go to the country, you can do this in different ways:

Airplane

There are flight connections from Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich to Kinshasa. The only international airport in the country is located in Kinshasa.

Ship

There is an international port in Matadi on the Congo River. There are irregular ferry services to the Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

Railway Railway

connections lead to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania as well as to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. The route to Lobito in Angola should be avoided because of the uncertain political situation.

Car

The roads connecting with neighboring countries are in a very bad condition and often impassable in the rainy season. The borders are usually closed and also dangerous.

Travel in the country

Travel within the country is limited and extremely dangerous for foreigners. Outside the province of Kinshasa, a permit from the "Direction Générale de Migration" (DGM) is always required. Public transport or vehicles with foreign license plates may not be used.

Air connections

There are many domestic air connections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Small planes can also be chartered.

Bus

A bus network connects all major cities. However, the buses are overcrowded and unpunctual.

Railways

The country's rail network covers around 5,000 km. Railway connections exist between Lubumbashi and Ilebo, as well as to Kalemie and Kindu and between Kinshasa and Matadi.

Roads, rental cars

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo around 5,600 km of paved roads have been built. The roads are generally in poor condition and only passable in the vicinity of larger cities. 4x4 vehicles are required inland. Roadblocks, car thefts, and robberies can be expected. Many roads are impassable during the rainy season. An international driver's license is required.

Ferry Connections

There are approximately 1,500 km of navigable waterways in the country. Ferries operate in the Congo between Kinshasa, Kisangani and Ilebo.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is:

CD

Currency, shopping

The national currency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the Congo Franc (Franc Congolais)

1 Franc Congolais = 100 Centimes

Due to the domestic political situation, the approved banknotes are constantly changing. In the country, however, US dollars and euros are also permitted as means of payment and are very popular.

Country-specific goods, souvenirs

Popular souvenirs are hand-made bracelets and other jewelry, wooden sculptures (especially made of ebony), local paintings and wickerwork.

Import and export

Local currency

The import and export of the local currency is prohibited.

Foreign currencies

For the import of foreign currencies from an amount of 10,000, - US dollars (or the corresponding equivalent) there is a declaration obligation. The export of foreign currencies is only permitted up to an amount of USD 10,000 (or the equivalent), there is an obligation to declare.

Valuables

Little is known about the customs regulations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The export of works of art, especially those made of ivory and malachite, is prohibited. The export of precious metals such as gold and silver as well as diamonds mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo requires authorization.

Entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Tourists from EU countries require a valid passport and a visa to enter the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A valid yellow fever vaccination must be proven when entering from a yellow fever infection area.

Visa department of the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Im Meisengarten 133

53179 Bonn

Tel: 0049 - (0) 228 - 85 81 60

Fax: 0049 - (0) 228 - 934 92 37

Email: [email protected]

Issuing of visas in Austria and Switzerland

See under Representations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Austria and Representations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Switzerland.

Travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings

Infectious Diseases

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the following infectious diseases are to be expected in Germany and Central and Northern Europe:

  • Malaria: There is a risk of malaria infection nationwide and all year round, including in cities. Over 90% of the infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Schistosomiasis, nationwide
  • cholera
  • dengue fever
  • Intestinal infections caused by contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Ebola, outbreaks of this extremely dangerous viral infectious disease occur again and again, albeit mostly locally
  • Filariasis
  • Yellow fever - especially in the region north of a south latitude of about 10 °
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Kala-Azar
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Lambliasis
  • Polio, polio
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Plague, pulmonary plague, but only regionally limited
  • Sleeping sickness
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • Tick bite fever

Vaccination recommendations

  • Diphtheria - a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Polio, polio
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Yellow fever
  • Tetanus - a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies - but only for high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
  • Typhoid - but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory.

Yellow fever vaccination for children

In most of the countries where a yellow fever vaccination is required, this also applies to children over one year of age, in some countries even from six months. It should be noted that vaccination against yellow fever had a number of side effects, such as encephalitis. Around two-thirds of those affected were children under six months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a "stand-by preparation" with you.

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens' Service

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 2000

Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 51000

www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Diplomatic missions

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Democratic Republic of the Congo embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Democratic Republic of the Congo embassies and consulates

Representations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Germany

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The embassy building is located in a rather simple one-story villa in the Westend in Berlin-Charlottenburg. The next underground station is on Theodor-Heuss-Platz and is served by the U 2 line, which runs between Pankow and Ruhleben.

The embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been in the building since 2003.

Ulmenallee 42a

14050 Berlin

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 3011 1693

Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 8149 0494

Consulates

Region Contact
Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein Honorary Consul General of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Bremen

Bornstrasse 16/17

28195 Bremen

Tel. 0049 - (0) 421 - 15 820

Fax: 0049 - (0) 421 - 304 2209

North Rhine-Westphalia Honorary Consul of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Düsseldorf

Königsallee 14

40212 Düsseldorf

Te: 0049 - (0) 211 - 1386 6410

Fax: 0049 - (0) 211 - 138 6677

Hesse Honorary Consul of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Frankfurt

Hochstrasse 15

60313 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: 0049 - (0) 69 - 2972 3599

Fax: 0049 - (0) 69 - 2097 3656

E-Mail [email protected]

German representations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kinshasa

82, Avenue Roi-Baudouin

BP 8400

Kinshasa - Gombe

Tel: 00243 - (0) 815 - 561 380

Fax: 00243 - (0) 813 - 464 461

Email: [email protected]

www. kinshasa.diplo.de

The German embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is also responsible for:

  • Republic of the Congo

Austrian representations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Federal Republic of Austria does not have an embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but is represented by an honorary consulate. The embassy is responsible for:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Austria in Kenya

2nd floor, City House, Corner Wabera Street/Standard Street

Nairobi

:

POBox 30560

00100 Nairobi

Tel: 00254 - (0) 20 - 319 076

00254 - (0) 20 - 319 077

00254 - (0) 20 - 319 078

Fax: 00254 - (0) 20 - 342 290

Email: [email protected]

www.aussenministerium.at/nairobi

The Austrian embassy in Kenya is still responsible for:

  • Burundi
  • Comoros
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Honorary consulate in Kinshasa (without passport authorization)

8, Chemin Riviera, C/Ngaliema

Kinshasa

:

BP 12646

Kinshasa I

Tel: 00243 - 998 180 163

Sat-Fax: 870 76 114 6569

Email: [email protected]

Representations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Austria

Honorary Consulate General of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Neusiedlerstrasse 52

2340 Mödling

Tel: 0043 - (0) 2236 - 892 172

Fax: 0043 - (0) 2236 - 892 172

Email: [email protected]

Swiss representations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Swiss Embassy in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

654, Blvd Colonel Tshatshi

Commune de Gombe

Kinshasa

:

Ambassade de Suisse

BP 8724

Kinshasa

Democatic Republic of the Congo

Tel: 00243 - (0) 89 - 894 6800

00243 - (0) 89 - 894 6801

Fax: 0041 - (0) 31 - 324 1804

Email: [email protected]

www.eda.admin.ch/kinshasa

The Swiss embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is still responsible for:

  • Gabon
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Sao Tome and Principe

Representations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Switzerland

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chancellerie

Sulgenheimweg 21

Case postale 5261

3001 Bern

Tel: 0041 - (0) 31 - 371 3538

0041 - (0) 79 - 628 5553

Fax: 0041 - (0) 31 - 372 7466

Email: rdcambassy @ bluewin.ch

Consular section of the embassy

Section consulaire de l'Ambassade

Sulgenheimweg 21

Case postale 5261

3001 Bern

Tel: 0041 - (0) 31 - 371 3538

0041 - (0) 79 - 628 5553

Fax: 0041 - (0) 31 - 372 7466

Email: rdcambassy @ bluewin.ch

 

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