Democratic Republic of the Congo Quick Guide

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. This country is one of the most sought after travel destinations on the African continent. Many people visit this beautiful destination throughout the year. You can find many information and tourist guides that will provide you with all the information you need to plan your trip.

It is important that when you are planning a holiday or business trip to the DRC that you follow the correct procedures and follow all regulations set by your travel agent or the tourism office in Kigali. Follow these procedures and make sure you have a safe and fun holiday. Follow this information provided by the Department of Tourism regarding travel and related advice. You should also review the Department of State's webpage on travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has very strict laws regarding travel to and within the country. When you are travelling outside of the country, you are not responsible for any crime that may occur. If you are ever arrested or questioned for crimes against humanity, you should consult with a travel guide and a lawyer. These professionals can provide you with advice and ensure you are treated lawfully.

Make sure you hire a local car while touring this beautiful country. Hire a vehicle that is large enough to carry you and your luggage. The cost of fuel can be extremely high during the day. Car hire can help you cut down on your expenses. In addition, it is important that you use an appropriate air transport service while in the DRC. Contact your travel guide and ask about the airport services, taxi services, and other options available.

You should follow this advice if you are entering the country via airplane. Review all documentation before boarding the plane. Bring with you documents concerning your original passport, immunization records, visas, and other information required to enter the country. It is also advised to have information available regarding the currency exchange, banking, and Internet ge at the time of departure.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a stable country, however there are areas in the country that experience major risks. If you plan to visit these areas, you should be aware of what to expect. There are violent conflicts between the Congolese government and various groups including rebel groups, anti-government elements, and international terrorists. You should be very careful when traveling in the rural areas because the security situation is often very volatile.

This politically stable country has no particular law that prohibits people from owning guns. However, it is highly recommended that you avoid guns and shoot harmless targets. The consequences of shooting at harmless targets may be serious and cause death or injury.

If you are visiting DRC during the time of civil unrest, you should keep in mind that it is illegal to photograph or film the situation. Photography and film can be used as a weapon or used to identify and hurt people. You should avoid taking pictures of dead bodies or looting if you plan to travel to the DRC. It is also not advised to travel alone or without insurance.

The crime rate in Congo is high, especially if it is related to armed conflicts. You may want to consider escorting a friend or family member to a safe place if you are in DRC. You should also take precautions not to get in the wrong place if you decide to visit the Lake Bunyonyi National Park. The park contains a lot of danger especially for women and children. It is also a good idea to carry a passport and other necessary documents to verify your identity and to avoid being robbed.

A lot of tourists and foreigners travel to Congo each year. Some go to explore the vast mineral deposits in the country while others seek adventure and trekking. Still others just want to relax in a beautiful, safe and friendly environment. No matter what your motivation is, you are most likely to enjoy your stay in this Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is located on the Great Lakes region of eastern-central Africa. It shares its border with the countries of Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Uganda and is very close to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland. It has a moderate climate with the most famous city of Kigali, the commercial capital of the country. There are a few travel agents who are based in Kigali and can recommend a safe and well-connected route between Kigali and the rest of the country.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to travel to DRC is during the long dry season from May to September, with July markedly the driest month, followed by June. The temperature also drops ever so slightly during these months. There is a shorter dry period in January and February.

Do I need a Visa?

All British passport holders need to get a visa before travelling to the DRC. You can’t buy a short-term pass to enter the country. To get a visa, contact: The Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 45-47 Great Portland Street, London. W1W 7LD. Telephone: 0207 580 3931

See which forms you may need for entry into Democratic Republic of the Congo.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Democratic Republic of the Congo is the Congolese Franc (XAF). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Democratic Republic of the Congo you can grab amazing Congolese Franc deals via (GBP to XAF).

What about the wildlife?

Endangered wildlife, including forest elephants, chimpanzees, bonobos, and lowland and mountain gorillas inhabit the lush forests. 400 other species of mammals, 1,000 species of birds and 700 species of fish can also be found here.

What is the traditional food?

French food? In western regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mwambi or mwambe (Lingala: mwǎmba) is the name given to the sauce of palm oil or peanuts. Poulet à la Moambé, "chicken in a moambe sauce", is also considered the Congo's national dish.

What Languages are spoken?

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world, with over 200 languages spoken in the country. While French is the official language and widely used in education and government, there are four national languages: Kikongo (Kituba), Lingala, Swahili, and Tshiluba. You can learn some basic French before you travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Democratic Republic of the Congo is the Congolese Franc (In DR Congo, it is customary and often expected that you give a tip to the local staff such as guides, rangers, and drivers. A common tip of £5-£10 per person per day can be expected for your tour guide leader who goes with you the entire tour.).

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  • Fire: 118
  • UK Embassy: 243 81 556 6200

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