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Congo - Democratic Republic

Congo - Democratic Republic: At a glance

Capital: Kinshasa

Population: 81.34 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Congo - Democratic Republic: Travel Health Information

Prior to the ongoing conflict in the country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, and ecotourism. Travellers could visit one of the several wildlife centres in the country, including Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Centre for orphaned gorillas or Virunga National Park, which is the most biologically diverse protected area in Africa.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo may differ from your home country. Due to ongoing conflict, access to healthcare services and facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is extremely limited in most areas. Many healthcare workers lack adequate training and facilities, and medical supplies are in poor condition. As such, the quality of care – where available – does not meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies and medicines in the Democratic Republic of Congo can be very limited. There is very little national oversight within the pharmaceutical sector so quality of products cannot be guaranteed and counterfeit medications are common. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are generally in poor condition and poorly maintained. Road conditions can worsen during the rainy season. Travel by car may be dangerous due to ongoing conflict, and non-essential unaccompanied travel should be avoided.



Congo - Democratic Republic: At a glance

Capital: Kinshasa

Population: 81.34 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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