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*International Travel: Commercial flights to and from DRC are in operation but last minute delays and / or cancellations are possible.
*Entry to DRC: DRC authorities opened their international and internal borders on 15 August. DRC’s neighbouring countries may have border restrictions in place. If you are planning travel in the region, you should check the travel advice for Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola.
*Testing/screening on arrival: All travellers entering DRC are subject to screening, including temperature checks. Travellers aged 11 and above need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test upon entry to DRC. The test result date must be within the 7 days prior to your arrival date. Children under the age of 11 are exempt. Travellers aged 11 and above must also pay $45 USD for a mandatory test on arrival. You should arrange to take a private test.
*Data collection: There are currently no track and trace requirements for arrivals.
*Testing on departure: You must provide proof of a negative test for coronavirus upon departure. The test result date must fall within 3 days before your departure date and be provided by either INRB (Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale – The National Institute of Biomedical Research) or a medical facility approved by them. You may be subjecting to screening, including temperature checks, when leaving DRC. Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in DRC: Travellers moving from one province to another must present a negative coronavirus test result. The test result date must fall within 3 days before the date you intend to leave the province. Restrictions have been placed on the number of people per vehicle for public transport. Wearing of facemasks is mandatory in public and private transport. The police will issues fines of 5000 Congolese Frances ($3) if masks are not worn. Local COVID-19 measures have been announced and altered at little notice in areas outside of Kinshasa. You should monitor local media for the latest developments.
*Accommodation: Hotels remain open. You should keep up to date with information from your tour operator.
*Public places and services: A curfew is in place from 18 December between 9pm and 5am. You should not be outside without justifiable reason (e.g. 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 the following public health measures:
• businesses, banks, restaurants and shops have re-opened in Kinshasa with social distancing measures in place;
• places of worship, stadiums and performance halls have reopened with social distancing measures in place;
• schools, colleges and universities are closed;
• social enterprises e.g. bars and nightclubs remain closed.
Public health measures can change at short notice and you should monitor local media for the latest developments.
Other public measures outside of Kinshasa: Self-isolation for people at risk (over 60 or with existing health issues) is mandatory in South Kivu.