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Republic of the Congo: travel information

Republic of the Congo: travel information

How do you get to the Republic of the Congo?

Plane

From Europe there are various flight connections via Paris to Brazzaville. These are offered twice a week by Air France. There are no direct flights from Germany, Austria or Switzerland to the Republic of the Congo. Ethiopian Airlines also connects Brazzaville twice a week with the Ethiopian capital Adis-Ababa. Air Gabon operates flights from Libreville in Gabon.

The Republic of the Congo has two international airports, Brazzaville Airport (BZV), which is about four 4 km from the capital, and Pointe-Noire Airport, 6 km from the city center. Both airports are connected to the respective city with the help of taxis.

Ship

A regular ferry connection - several times a day - leads across the Congo from Brazzaville to Kinshasa in the DR Congo. This route is also guaranteed by faster boats. Apart from the formation of sandbanks, which make river traffic impossible, one should also expect that the border between the two Congos can be closed at short notice due to political differences. Ferries to Sokamba in Cameroon depart from Ouosso.

Car traffic

From Lambaréné in Gabon there are roads to Loubomo and Brazzaville. The connecting road from the Congo to Cameroon is impassable in the rainy season. A road leads from Pointe-Noire to Cabinda in Angola. There are also road connections to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Travel in the country

Air connections

There are domestic air connections between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire via Loubomo and Ouesso. These are offered several times a day. Private planes can also be chartered. However, one should always keep in mind that the technical condition of the Congolese aircraft does not correspond to western standards, so that the aircraft cannot be recommended without reservation. In addition, there are often delays, stopovers and cancellations due to a lack of fuel.

Railway

The Republic of the Congo has about 900 km of railway line. There is a connection between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, but you should allow up to three days for this. The trains are also mostly unpunctual and in just as bad condition as the tracks and most of the signal systems, which increases the risk of accidents. Also less pleasant is the fact that in the past there were more frequent attacks on travelers at night at train stations.

Ferry connections

Steamers operate on the Congo and Ubangi. There are a total of 1,250 km of navigable routes in the country. Connections are offered to the Central African Republic, among others. You should plan up to 20 days for this.

Bush taxis and minibuses

The larger cities are connected by bush taxis and minibuses. Since you always leave when the vehicle is full, there is no need for timetables.

Taxis

Taxis operate in major cities such as Brazzaville, Pointe Noire and Dolisie. Before starting your journey, you should always negotiate the price of the fare, for which you can then test your knowledge of French.

Roads and rental cars

Of the total of approx. 13,000 km of road network, around 10% are paved. Many of the unpaved roads are only passable in the dry season and with all-wheel drive. Driving at night is not recommended. Right-hand traffic prevails in the Republic of the Congo. Rental cars are available in Brazzaville from Europcar. An international driver's license is required to rent a car. Anyone planning to cross the border by car needs a carnet de passage. Because of the high security risk, we strongly advise against traveling to the east and northeast of the country.

International license plate

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

RCB

Republic of the Congo: entry and exit requirements

Formalities, visas

Tourists from EU countries and Switzerland need a valid passport, a visa and a return or onward ticket to enter the Republic of the Congo. A valid yellow fever vaccination must be proven upon entry.

Embassy of the Republic of the Congo

Wallstraße 69

10179 Berlin

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 494 007 53

Email: [email protected]

www.botschaftkongobzv.de

Issuing visas in Austria and Switzerland

See under Representations of the Republic of the Congo in Austria or Representations of the Republic of the Congo in Switzerland.

National currency

The national currency of the Republic of the Congo is the CFA franc:

1 CFA franc = 100 centimes

The Republic of the Congo is part of the Central African Economic and Monetary Union. The ISO 4217 code of the Franc CFA is XAF here.

The CFA franc (Communanté Financiére Africaine) is the currency in 14 African countries that were usually French colonies in the past: Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Chad, Central African Republic, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoite, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. It is tied to the euro.

The exchange rate of the euro and the CFA franc is always the same as the CFA franc is pegged to the euro (it was pegged to the franc before the euro was introduced). For countries belonging to the Central African Economic and Monetary Union, the conversion rate is:

1 Euro (€) = 682.671 CFA Franc (XAF)

Import and export of foreign currency and goods

  • Local currency

    There is no limit to the import and export of local currency.

  • Foreign currencies

    There is no limit to the import and export of foreign currencies, but a declaration is required.

Goods

The following articles can be imported into the Congo duty-free:

200 cigarettes or a box of cigars or tobacco (women are only allowed to import cigarettes!)

1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of

perfume wine for personal use (opened).

Notebooks are to be declared in individual cases. The import of weapons is strictly prohibited.

There are exceptions to this after registration and approval for hunting weapons

Republic of the Congo: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

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

  • HIV/AIDS is a major problem in the country and a major danger for anyone who is at risk of infection: sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a considerable risk.
  • Malaria: There is a year-round risk of malaria across the country, including cities. About 90% of the infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Schistosomiasis
  • 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
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Polio, polio
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Sleeping sickness, transmitted by the tsetse flies (Glossina).
  • 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.
  • typhus

Compulsory vaccination

For all people older than one year, there is a compulsory vaccination against a disease with yellow fever.

Yellow fever vaccination for children

In most of the countries in which 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. If the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a "stand-by product" with you.

Republic of the Congo: Diplomatic missions

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

Republic of the Congo embassies and consulates

Representations of the Republic of the Congo in Germany

The embassy of the Republic of the Congo - not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of the Congo - is based in Berlin-Mitte, very close to the Fischerinsel.

The embassy building is located a few meters from the Australian embassy.

The "Märkisches Museum" station on underground line 2 and the bus stop for bus lines 165 and 265 are in the immediate vicinity.

Embassy of the Republic of the Congo

Wallstrasse 69

10179 Berlin

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 4940 07 53 or 494007 78

Email: [email protected]

German representations in the Republic of the Congo

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

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 still responsible for:

  • Republic of the Congo

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

s/c Ico Wood, Avenue Denis Loemba

Pointe-Noire

:

Consul Honoraire de la République fédérale d'Allemagne

PO Box 858

Pointe-Noire, Congo, Republic

Tel: 00242 - 941 314

00242 - 204 700

Fax: 00242 - 941 348

Email: [email protected]

Austrian representations of the Republic of the Congo

The Federal Republic of Austria does not have a diplomatic representation in the Republic of the Congo; the embassy in:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Austria in Addis Abeda

N. Silk Lafto Kifle Ketema Kebele 04 H.No. 535

Addis Abeba

:

PO Box 1219

Addis Ababa

Tel: 00251 - (0) 11 - 371 3144

00251 - (0) 11 - 371 2445

00251 - (0) 11 - 371 0052

Email: [email protected] at

www.aussenministerium.at/addisabeba

The Austrian embassy in Ethiopia is still responsible for:

  • Djibouti
  • Republic of the Congo

Representations of the Republic of the Congo in Austria

The responsible embassy is the embassy in Germany in Berlin ().

consulate

Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of the Congo

Rathausstrasse 15/1

1010 Vienna

Tel: 0043 - (0) 1 - 404 41300

Fax: 0043 - (0) 1 - 404 41400

Email: konsulat @ Republikkongo.at

Swiss representations of the Republic of the Congo

Switzerland does not have an embassy in the Republic of the Congo, but is represented by a consulate general. The embassy is responsible for:

Swiss Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

654, Blvd Colonel Tshatshi

Commune de Gombe

Kinshasa

Ambassade de Suisse

BP 8724

Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tel: 00243 - (0) 89 - 894 6800

00243 - (0) 89 - 894 680

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

Consulate General of Switzerland in Pointe-Noire

Avenue Charles de Gaulle

Pointe-Noire

:

Consulat général de Suisse

BP 871

Pointe-Noire

Republic of the Congo

Tel: 00242 - (0) 2 - 943 707

Fax: 00242 - (0) 2 - 944 456

Email: [email protected]

Representations of the Republic of the Congo in Switzerland

Embassy of the Republic of the Congo, Chancellerie

Rue Chabrey 8

1202 Geneva

Tel: 0041 - (0) 22 - 731 8821

Fax: 0041 - (0) 22 - 731 8817

Email: [email protected]

Consular section of the embassy

Section consulaire de l'Ambassade

Rue Chabrey 8

1202 Geneva

Tel: 0041 - (0) 22 - 731 8821

Fax: 0041 - (0) 22 - 731 8817

Email: [email protected]

 

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