Traveling to Congo: entry rules, list of required documents and visa application
Congo attracts tourists from all over the world with its incredible scenery and pristine nature. Find out more about the current rules for entering the country, visa requirements for travelers and the list of documents
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa. The capital of the country, Kinshasa, has the largest population in Africa - about 14,950,000 inhabitants. The state language is French.
Congo is a paradise for wildlife lovers. The state is rich in natural wonders, with active volcanoes, raging rivers and all the wealth of wildlife that tourists expect to see when planning a trip to Africa. Within the country is 60% of the tropical forest of the Congo River basin - the second largest tropical forest on the planet. National parks of the country are included in the UNESCO list.
List of documents and rules for entering Congo
In the Republic of Congo, visa-free regime is established with 5 countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon.
The total period of stay in the country should not exceed 90 days. As part of visa-free travel, you can go on a tourist trip, visit relatives or friends, a business meeting, cultural events or sports competitions.
Citizens of 10 countries can apply for a visa upon arrival at the Maya-Maya International airport in Brazzaville: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and the United Arab Emirates.
Citizens of other countries of the world before traveling to the Congo must apply for a visa at any accredited consulate of the country.
A tourist visa is issued for a period of 3 months (90 days). Also, foreigners traveling to the Republic of Congo for tourist purposes can issue a multiple-entry visa for a period of 6 months (180 days).
List of documents for obtaining a Congo visa:
- completed visa application form in two copies;
- two color photographs of passport size;
- valid passport;
- a copy of the passport and previous Congolese visas (if any);
- invitation letter or hotel reservation;
- copy of air tickets and itinerary;
- confirmation of visa fee payment;
- a copy of the international yellow fever vaccination certificate.
The list of documents may be supplemented depending on the purpose of your trip, as well as the embassy or consulate where you apply.
List of documents for travel to Congo:
- foreign passport valid for six months from the date of entry;
- visa (if visa-free is not established with the country).
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Transit visa to Congo
Transit through Brazzaville's Maya Maya airport is permitted without a visa for passengers continuing their journey on the same aircraft or changing aircraft without leaving the airport.
In other cases, it is necessary to issue a transit visa. The validity period of the visa depends on how long you plan to stay in the Congo and which country you are applying from. The cost of a visa at the airport: one-way - $45, round-trip transit - $75.
Quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic
From May 5, 2022, all quarantine restrictions related to the epidemic of COVID-19 were lifted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tourists do not need to confirm vaccinations or provide negative test results.
Vaccinations for travel to the Congo
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers aged 9 months and over. There is also a high risk of malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, before traveling, tourists should think about vaccination against Hepatitis A, poliomyelitis, tetanus and typhoid.
Fees and taxes
Tourists in Congo must pay certain fees:
- entry tax – $50 per passenger;
- fee from passengers of international flights – $2.5;
- fee from passengers on domestic flights – $10.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.
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