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Democratic Republic of Congo travel restrictions & quarantine rules

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Democratic Republic of Congo 🇨🇩

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The travel advice is Reconsider your need to travel to Democratic Republic of Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo is Moderate restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Democratic Republic of Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo is part of Africa with main city at Kinshasa. Its Least Developed country with a population of 85M people. The main currency is Congolese Franc. The languages spoken are French, Lingala, Kongo, Swahili and Luba-Katanga.
👍 Least Developed   👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 85M people
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🚨 Travel Advice for Democratic Republic of Congo

Moderate restrictions

for travel
International travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Other restrictions

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The test must be provided by either the Institut National de la Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) or a medical facility approved by them. There may also be further screening on departure, such as temperature checks.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to undergo testing on arrival, and should register and pre-pay for this before arrival.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on arrival.

Testing on arrival

A COVID-19 test will be administered on arrival for approximately $45 USD, at the expense of the traveler. This can be paid in cash on arrival or travelers can register their information and pre-pay for the test at https://inrbcovid.com/

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks and visual assessment.
For more details Foreign travel advisory, United Kingdom

Government measures

A nationwide curfew is in place between 10 pm and 4 am, limiting moving for emergencies only. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating with limits to capacity in place. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 7 days prior, may be required to visit different provinces.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open with social distancing rules in place, but may be closed in high-risk areas.

Bars

Bars remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Most shops are re-opening with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, issued in selected countries, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and must self-isolate for 24 hours or until a negative result is confirmed on the test taken on arrival.
Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least a single dose of the vaccine, not more than 180 days before departure, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements.
Travelers who have received the Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light vaccine are also required to undergo additional serologic and PCR testing on arrival. Travelers will undergo quarantine until a positive serologic test and negative PCR test results are confirmed. Those testing negative on the serologic test are required to isolate for 14 days with the option to reduce this period by taking a supervised rapid antigen testing from the seventh day.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days and not more than 180 days before departure. Exemptions also apply to those who have received a vaccine booster after a full course of vaccination, if administered at least 14 days before departure. Full details on accepted vaccines and certificates can be found at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/certificates-recognized-by-israel/

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This period can be shortened if two consecutive test results are confirmed negative, one taken on arrival and a second test taken on the fifth day of the isolation period.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 must self-isolate until a second test is confirmed negative taken on the third day of the isolation period. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 190 days of departure, or a recovery certificate.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented on departure and arrival. Alternatively, a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within the previous 24 hours of departure. The test results must be in English with the traveler's passport number stated on the document. Self-tests are not accepted.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 180 days of departure, or a recovery certificate. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
This does not apply to travelers returning to Israel within 72 hours after departing Israel. Less than 72 hours must have passed since travelers have landed abroad and the departure time to Israel. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
Those traveling to Israel on indirect flights, with more than 24 hours between the departure of the first flight and the flight landing in Israel, are required proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight to Israel.

Testing on arrival

A PCR test will be administered on arrival. The test costs 80 ILS if pre-paid during the 'entry statement' process, 100 ILS if paid with a credit card on arrival, and 115 ILS if paid with cash on arrival. Only Israeli currency will be accepted for cash payments on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Democratic Republic of Congo

🚫 Destination No quarantine
🛬 Return Quarantine required
🏖️ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
🛍️ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
📅 events Partially Allowed

🔒 Lockdown Details for Democratic Republic of Congo

A curfew is in place from 18 December between 9pm and 5am. You should not be outside without justifiable reason (eg a medical emergency during these hours).
Wearing of facemasks is mandatory for anyone in public areas. This includes in public and private transport. The police will issue fines of 5000 Congolese Francs ($3) if masks are not worn.
DRC authorities have announced a gradual easing of public health measures:
-businesses, banks, restaurants and shops are re-opening in Kinshasa with social distancing measures in place. -places of worship, stadiums and performance halls have reopened. -schools, colleges and universities have reopened. -social enterprises eg bars and nightclubs remain closed.
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🛡️ Travel safety for Democratic Republic of Congo

Reconsider your need to travel

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has opened some of its international borders and resumed international flights from Kinshasa N’Djili International Airport and domestic flights from most airports. COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements apply on arrival and prior to departure from the DRC. Contact your airline directly for the latest update and register with the Canadian Embassy in Kinshasa for advice on departure options. We now advise: Reconsider your need to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo overall due to the volatile security situation and high risk of kidnapping.
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