Rules of entry and stay
All entry restrictions due to COVID-19 were lifted on May 5, 2022.
Be sure to present a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.
Citizens of 5 countries do not need a visa to enter the Congo, the total period of stay in the country should not exceed 90 days. This applies when you travel as a tourist, visit family or friends, or attend business meetings, cultural or sporting events. Visitors must have a passport valid for six months, which must contain at least one blank page for visa stamps. The passport must be valid for six months after the date of departure from the Congo.
- Two fully completed visa application forms
Print, fill in completely, and sign it. If you leave any parts of your visa application blank, this will delay your visa approval process.
- Two color passport-sized photos with a first and last name written on the back.
Photos should be on a white background and with a full frontal view of the face. These photos should be taken within the last 6 months and show your current appearance. The facial expression should be neutral, there should not be any smiles or frowns in the photo. You should not wear glasses in the photo. Hair should be removed back so that the face is visible.
Ears should be clearly visible. It should not have any hats, except religious.
- Your passport, valid for at least another six months from the date of entry and has at least two blank pages
- Copy of one passport (BIO page only) and copies of previous Congo visas (If applicable)
- Residence permit or other proof of legal residence if you are not a citizen of the country from which you are applying
- Invitation letter or hotel reservation
Printed and notarized letter of invitation (invitation letter must be notarized by the City Council or Prefecture/Mairie) indicating the nature of the trip, the name and address of the landmark to be visited in the Republic of the Congo. The invitation letter must be addressed to the Embassy of the Republic of the Congo, visa section, and must be valid for at least 3 months (90 days).
- Copy of plane tickets and itinerary
- Confirmation of payment of the visa fee, payment must be made only in cash (exact amount) or by money transfer indicating only the amount (leave all other fields empty). This measure is valid until further notice
- A copy of the international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever
- If you apply by mail, a self-sent and prepaid envelope to return your passport and documents
- All tourists are advised to have an insurance policy.
Please note that the exact number of documents required depends on the purpose of your trip, as well as on the embassy or consulate where you are applying).
The cost of a visa to Congo may vary depending on the consulate/diplomatic mission and the country from which you are applying. You will have to clarify the exact cost with them first.
Transit through Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville is allowed without a visa for passengers who continue to travel on the same plane or change planes without leaving the airport.
Otherwise, you will need a transit visa (Airport Visa), if you want to travel through the Republic of the Congo. Issued at the point of entry to the recipient of the flight visa or with the direct permission of the Director General.
The cost and validity of your visa depend on how long you want to stay in the country and from which consulate/diplomatic mission or country you are applying.
Transit visa at the airport (one way) 45 USD
Airport transit visa (round trip transit) 75 USD
Entry with pets
Pets must enter the Republic of the Congo through Pointe-Noir Airport. Pets can be brought into the cabin of the aircraft as checked baggage or air cargo. When traveling to a foreign country such as the Republic of the Congo, it is always recommended to have an identity card confirming the ownership of the animal.
To find out the full requirements for entering Congo with a pet from your home country, follow the link.
Emergency Contacts: Dial 112 to call the police and 118 for the fire department.
For information and advice on Congo customs regulations, visit the official website: https://www.worldbaggagenetwork.com/guidelines/congo/
Information for motorists
Tourists with a valid local driver's license accompanied by IDP are allowed to drive in Congo. Even though an IDP contains information present on your local driver's license, it does not replace them, and you cannot use an IDP to carry out transactions in the country because it only acts as a translation of your local driver's license.
When driving in Congo territory, you must bring your International Driver's Permit, as Congo authorities often set up checkpoints in different cities of the country.
Tourists who have reached the age of 18 and already have a driver's license for at least six months before applying can apply for an International Driver's Permit.
For a list of the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Congo, follow this link.
Entering Congo as Monegasque Citizen
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.