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Democratic Republic of the Congo travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
Flight Restrictions

1. Flights to Congo (Dem. Rep.) are suspended.
– This does not apply to pre-approved repatriation flights.
2. Passengers and airline crew must go through medical screening upon arrival and present a completed Health Sanitary Card provided by Health Authorities.

Quarantine

Self-quarantine requirement on all travelers arriving in the DRC who have been to COVID’-19 affected countries in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the DRC.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2017)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers aged 9
months or over.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (2017)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo *****

    International restrictions:

    Restrictions in response to coronavirus: as of 20 March, DRC has suspended all major international flight routes both into and out of the country until further notice. Land and maritime borders are closed and only open to cargo. Should entry be permitted on an exceptional basis, all travellers entering the DRC are to be subject to screening, including temperature checks. Those suspected of having coronavirus will be placed into quarantine, likely in local health centres, for up to 14 days.
    internal travel to and from Kinshasa has been suspended with the exception of cargo. UNHAS is flying but very reduced and restricted.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Moving around in DRC: as of 6 April, DRC imposed a lockdown in the Gombe district in Kinshasa. Lockdown measures are under regular review. Travellers should monitor local media for the latest developments.
    Wearing face masks is mandatory across Kinshasa for anyone in public areas. The police will issue fines of 5000 Congolese Francs ($3) if masks are not worn. Gatherings of more than 20 people in public places, including religious ceremonies and sporting activities, are banned. Social enterprises such as bars and night clubs are closed. Restrictions have been placed on the number of people per vehicle for public transport. Public health measures can change at short notice and the local media should be monitored for the developments. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in South Kivu, so too is self-isolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is also mandatory in South Kivu.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Authorities lift quarantine measures in Kinshasa’s business district on June 29. (Garda, 02.07.2020)

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    02.07.2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo City of Goma will be under confinement for 14 days (OSAC, 20.05.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Restrictions in response to coronavirus: as of 20 March, DRC has suspended all major international flight routes both into and out of the country until further notice. Land and maritime borders are closed and only open to cargo. Should entry be permitted on an exceptional basis, all travellers entering the DRC are to be subject to screening, including temperature checks. Those suspected of having coronavirus will be placed into quarantine, likely in local health centres, for up to 14 days.
    internal travel to and from Kinshasa has been suspended with the exception of cargo. UNHAS is flying but very reduced and restricted.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Moving around in DRC: as of 6 April, DRC imposed a lockdown in the Gombe district in Kinshasa. Lockdown measures are under regular review. Travellers should monitor local media for the latest developments.
    Wearing face masks is mandatory across Kinshasa for anyone in public areas. The police will issue fines of 5000 Congolese Francs ($3) if masks are not worn. Gatherings of more than 20 people in public places, including religious ceremonies and sporting activities, are banned. Social enterprises such as bars and night clubs are closed. Restrictions have been placed on the number of people per vehicle for public transport. Public health measures can change at short notice and the local media should be monitored for the developments. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in South Kivu, so too is self-isolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is also mandatory in South Kivu.

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    27.06.2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo City of Goma will be under confinement for 14 days (OSAC, 20.05.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    1. Flights to Congo (Dem. Rep.) are suspended.
    – This does not apply to pre-approved repatriation flights.
    2. Passengers and airline crew must go through medical screening upon arrival and present a completed Health Sanitary Card provided by Health Authorities.
    UNHAS is flying but very reduced and restricted.
    All air, land and maritime borders are closed until further notice. Only cargo trucks/planes will be granted access. Should entry be permitted on an exceptional basis, all travellers entering the DRC are to be subject to screening, including temperature checks. Those suspected of having coronavirus will be placed into quarantine, likely in local health centres, for up to 14 days.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    During the weekend of June 6-7, the decision was made to extend the State of Emergency an additional 15 days.
    All domestic passenger flights between Kinshasa and the provinces are suspended. The suspension of international passenger flights remains in effect. All road and river transport between Kinshasa and the provinces are suspended for passenger traffic. Goods transport will continue with control checkpoints at Kinshasa city limits. DRC National Police and military will patrol to ensure the new rules are followed. Schools and universities remain closed, sporting events and gatherings larger than 20 people are banned, bars and restaurants are closed until further notice and non-food stores in Kinshasa were ordered closed. Only five access points with security control remain open to access Gombe district. The wearing of facemasks in public across Kinshasa is mandatory (infractions may be punished with fines).
    are closed until further notice. Wearing a facemask when in all public places is compulsory in Lubumbashi. Those who fail to comply with the measure will be subject to a 5000 CFA franc fine. Travellers entering Ituri province have to self quarantine for 14 days. North Kivu province: Passage into and out of Goma and the surrounding Rutshuru territory will be barred for 14 days from 19 May. In addition, a dawnto-dusk curfew will be imposed from 20 May. The restriction will affect domestic flights and boat traffic to/from Bukavu. Only markets selling essential supplies are permitted to stay open and it is compulsory to wear a facemask. Kongo central: it is now compulsory to wear a facemask while using public transport and in public places. South Kivu province: all transport hubs (port and airport) and roads with neighbourhood provinces are closed in order to isolate the regional capital Bukavu until further notice. Only essential movements are allowed. It is mandatory to wear a facemask in Bukavu and the rest of the province. Selfisolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is mandatory in all the provinces. Lualaba province: nightly curfew between 22.00 to 05.00.

    *****Relaxation in restrictions
    Air traffic has been reopened between North-Kivu province and Ituri, Maniema and Tshopo provinces. A temporary easing of restrictions in Gombe has started with the reopening of supermarkets, grocery stores and bank counters amid sanitarian checkpoints at Gombe district entrances.

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    22.06.2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo City of Goma will be under confinement for 14 days (OSAC, 20.05.2020) 1. Flights to Congo (Dem. Rep.) are suspended. – This does not apply to pre-approved repatriation flights. 2. Passengers and airline crew must go through medical screening upon arrival and present a completed Health Sanitary Card provided by Health Authorities. UNHAS is flying but very reduced and restricted.

    International restrictions:

    All air, land and maritime borders are closed until further notice. Only cargo trucks/planes will be granted access. Should entry be permitted on an exceptional basis, all travellers entering the DRC are to be subject to screening, including temperature checks. Those suspected of having coronavirus will be placed into quarantine, likely in local health centres, for up to 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    The ‘state of emergency’ has been extended until at least 6 June nationwide. All flights and other types of transportation between Kinshasa and other urban centres have been banned, with exceptions for transportation of cargo. Access to the capital Kinshasa’s Gombe is restricted and requires access badges. Only five access points with security control remain open to access Gombe district. The wearing of facemasks in public across Kinshasa is mandatory (infractions may be punished with fines). All public gatherings in Kinshasa have been prohibited. Bars, restaurants, schools and universities are closed until further notice. Wearing a facemask when in all public places is compulsory in Lubumbashi. Those who fail to comply with the measure will be subject to a 5000 CFA franc fine. Travellers entering Ituri province have to self quarantine for 14 days. North Kivu province: Passage into and out of Goma and the surrounding Rutshuru territory will be barred for 14 days from 19 May. In addition, a dawnto-dusk curfew will be imposed from 20 May. The restriction will affect domestic flights and boat traffic to/from Bukavu. Only markets selling essential supplies are permitted to stay open and it is compulsory to wear a facemask. Kongo central: it is now compulsory to wear a facemask while using public transport and in public places. South Kivu province: all transport hubs (port and airport) and roads with neighbourhood provinces are closed in order to isolate the regional capital Bukavu until further notice. Only essential movements are allowed. It is mandatory to wear a facemask in Bukavu and the rest of the province. Selfisolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is mandatory in all the provinces. Lualaba province: nightly curfew between 22.00 to 05.00. Relaxation in restrictions Air traffic has been reopened between North-Kivu province and Ituri, Maniema and Tshopo provinces. A temporary easing of restrictions in Gombe has started with the reopening of supermarkets, grocery stores and bank counters amid sanitarian checkpoints at Gombe district entrances.

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    27.05.2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo City of Goma will be under confinement for 14 days (OSAC, 20.05.2020) 1. Flights to Congo (Dem. Rep.) are suspended. – This does not apply to pre-approved repatriation flights. 2. Passengers and airline crew must go through medical screening upon arrival and present a completed Health Sanitary Card provided by Health Authorities. UNHAS is flying but very reduced and restricted.

    International restrictions:

    All air, land and maritime borders are closed until further notice. Only cargo trucks/planes will be granted access. Should entry be permitted on an exceptional basis, all travellers entering the DRC are to be subject to screening, including temperature checks. Those suspected of having coronavirus will be placed into quarantine, likely in local health centres, for up to 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    The ‘state of emergency’ has been extended until at least 22 May nationwide. All flights and other types of transportation between Kinshasa and other urban centres have been banned, with exceptions for transportation of cargo. Access to the capital Kinshasa’s Gombe is restricted and requires access badges. Only five access points with security control remain open to access Gombe district. The wearing of face masks in public across Kinshasa is mandatory (infractions may be punished with fines). All public gatherings in Kinshasa have been prohibited. Bars, restaurants, schools and universities are closed until further notice. Wearing a face mask when in all public places is compulsory in Lubumbashi. Those who fail to comply with the measure will be subject to a 5000 CFA franc fine. Travellers entering Ituri province have to self quarantine for 14 days. North Kivu province: Passage into and out of Goma and the surrounding Rutshuru territory will be barred for 14 days from 19 May. In addition, a dawn-to-dusk curfew will be imposed from 20 May. The restriction will affect domestic flights and boat traffic to/from Bukavu. Only markets selling essential supplies are permitted to stay open and it is compulsory to wear a facemask. Kongo central: it is now compulsory to wear a face mask while using public transport and in public places. South Kivu province: all transport hubs (port and airport) and roads with neighbourhood provinces are closed in order to isolate the regional capital Bukavu until further notice. Only essential movements are allowed. It is mandatory to wear a face mask in Bukavu and the rest of the province. Self-isolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is mandatory in all the provinces. Lualaba province: nightly curfew between 22.00 to 05.00. Relaxation in restrictions Air traffic has been reopened between North-Kivu province and Ituri, Maniema and Tshopo provinces. A temporary easing of restrictions in Gombe has started with the reopening of supermarkets, grocery stores and bank counters amid sanitarian checkpoints at Gombe district entrances.

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    21.05.2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo 1. Flights to Congo (Dem. Rep.) are suspended. – This does not apply to pre-approved repatriation flights. 2. Passengers and airline crew must go through medical screening upon arrival and present a completed Health Sanitary Card provided by Health Authorities. UNHAS is flying but very reduced and restricted.

    International restrictions:

    All air, land and maritime borders are closed until further notice. Only cargo trucks/planes will be granted access. Should entry be permitted on an exceptional basis, all travellers entering the DRC are to be subject to screening, including temperature checks. Those suspected of having coronavirus will be placed into quarantine, likely in local health centres, for up to 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    The ‘state of emergency’ has been extended until at least 22 May nationwide. All flights and other types of transportation between Kinshasa and other urban centres have been banned, with exceptions for transportation of cargo. Access to the capital Kinshasa’s Gombe is restricted and requires access badges. Only five access points with security control remain open to access Gombe district. The wearing of face masks in public across Kinshasa is mandatory (infractions may be punished with fines). All public gatherings in Kinshasa have been prohibited. Bars, restaurants, schools and universities are closed until further notice. Wearing a face mask when in all public places is compulsory in Lubumbashi. Those who fail to comply with the measure will be subject to a 5000 CFA franc fine. Travellers entering Ituri province have to self quarantine for 14 days. North Kivu province: Passage into and out of Goma and the surrounding Rutshuru territory will be barred for 14 days from 19 May. In addition, a dawn-to-dusk curfew will be imposed from 20 May. The restriction will affect domestic flights and boat traffic to/from Bukavu. Only markets selling essential supplies are permitted to stay open and it is compulsory to wear a facemask. Kongo central: it is now compulsory to wear a face mask while using public transport and in public places. South Kivu province: all transport hubs (port and airport) and roads with neighbourhood provinces are closed in order to isolate the regional capital Bukavu until further notice. Only essential movements are allowed. It is mandatory to wear a face mask in Bukavu and the rest of the province. Self-isolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is mandatory in all the provinces. Lualaba province: nightly curfew between 22.00 to 05.00. Relaxation in restrictions Air traffic has been reopened between North-Kivu province and Ituri, Maniema and Tshopo provinces. A temporary easing of restrictions in Gombe has started with the reopening of supermarkets, grocery stores and bank counters amid sanitarian checkpoints at Gombe district entrances.

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    19.05.2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Government postpones Kinshasa’s three-week lockdown due to security concerns. (Garda, 29.03.2020)

    1. Flights to Congo (Dem. Rep.) are suspended.
    – This does not apply to pre-approved repatriation flights.
    2. Passengers and airline crew must go through medical screening upon arrival and present a completed Health Sanitary Card provided by Health Authorities.

    UNHAS is flying but very reduced and restricted.

    Should entry be permitted on an exceptional basis, all travellers entering the DRC are to be subject to screening, including temperature checks. Those suspected of having coronavirus will be placed into quarantine, likely in local health centres, for up to 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    A ‘state of emergency’ has been declared until 10 May. All flights and other types of transportation between Kinshasa and other urban centres have been banned, with exceptions for transportation of cargo. Access to the capital Kinshasa’s Gombe is restricted and requires access badges. Only five access points with security control remain open to access Gombe district. The wearing of face masks in public across Kinshasa is mandatory (infractions may be punished with fines). All public gatherings in Kinshasa have been prohibited. Bars, restaurants, schools and universities are closed until further notice. Wearing a face mask when in all public places is compulsory in Lubumbashi. Those who fail to comply with the measure will be subject to a 5000 CFA franc fine. Travellers entering Ituri province have to self quarantine for 14 days. Restrictions in Goma and Beni have been lifted. Main roads between Beni and Butembo have reopened. Only markets selling essential supplies are permitted to stay open during this period. It is compulsory wearing a face mask. Kongo central: it is now compulsory to wear a face mask while using public transport and in public places. South Kivu province: all transport hubs (port and airport) and roads with neighbourhood provinces are closed in order to isolate the regional capital Bukavu until further notice. Only essential movements are allowed. It is mandatory to wear a face mask in Bukavu and the rest of the province. Self-isolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is mandatory in all the provinces. Lualaba province: nightly curfew between 22.00 to 05.00.

    Relaxation in restrictions: Boat traffic between Goma and Bukavu has re-commenced. Air traffic has been reopened between North-Kivu province and Ituri, Maniema and Tshopo provinces. A temporary easing of restrictions in Gombe has started with the reopening of supermarkets, grocery stores and bank counters amid sanitarian checkpoints at Gombe district entrances.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source UNHAS
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/democratic-republic-of-the-congo]
    [https://cd.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Browse/Report?subContentTypes=Alerts%2CTravel%20Advisories]
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