21 Jan 2023
Cape Verde citizenship
Visa Visa required
Useful information
Car traffic
Car traffic Right-hand
Currency Central African franc
Language French, Kituba (Kikongo; national), Lingala (national)
Phone code
Phone code +242
Covid There are no COVID restrictions
Health Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required
Insurance policy Insurance policy recommended

Work permits

There are two types of work permits: a temporary work permit (Authorisation d'Emploi Temporaire - AET) and a work permit. 

AET is issued for six months and, although not subject to extension, is in practice extended in the form of a new AET (also in practice extended indefinitely in the form of a new AET when an extension is requested).

After applying for an AET or work permit, the National Bureau of Employment issues a receipt that serves as a temporary work permit and allows employment for the duration of the application.

The work permit is valid for two years and can be extended indefinitely.


General visa requirements set by the Congolese government:

Two fully completed and signed visa application forms

  • passport with the remaining validity period of at least six months
  • Two passport photos, taken in the last six months
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • Copy of applicant's flight ticket or travel itinerary
  • Payment of visa fee, which is accepted only in the form of cash or money transfer
  • Envelope with prepayment for the return of the applicant's passport.
  • Foreign nationals planning a trip to the Republic of the Congo for business or work purposes also need a notarized letter of invitation from a Congolese employer indicating the nature of the work they will perform.

Application Process

Like many other countries, the Republic of the Congo requires foreign nationals to obtain a visa before arrival. Visa requirements may vary depending on the applicant's nationality, so it is best to start the application process at the nearest Congolese embassy or consulate. The diplomatic staff of the embassy will be able to provide an up-to-date list of visa requirements and fees.

After confirming the list of requirements, the applicant must collect all the necessary documents and fill out a visa application form. When all materials are ready, the applicant must submit them to the Congolese embassy or consulate in their country of residence. At the same time, applicants must also pay the visa fee.

While Congolese diplomatic staff is considering a visa application, the applicant must remain in their country of residence. Once the application is approved, the relevant officials will return the passport to the applicant by mail along with the visa. After obtaining a visa, the applicant can go to the Republic of the Congo.

Business visa

Official/diplomatic visa

Research and filmmaking

Congo Work Permit for Caboverians