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Congo - Republic

Congo - Republic: At a glance

Capital: Brazzaville

Population: 5.244 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Congo - Republic: Travel Health Information

The Republic of the Congo is known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, and ecotourism. Travellers can take-in relatively untouched nature in several national parks around the country. The Congo is also home to half of the world’s gorilla population, and visitors can observe them through various tours and safaris.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in the Republic of the Congo may differ from your home country. The Republic of the Congo has public and private healthcare options, but the quality of care does not meet international standards. Medical facilities are frequently strained due to a lack of medical supplies and equipment, as well as shortages of healthcare personnel. Medical care outside of urban areas is extremely limited.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in the 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 Republic of the Congo.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies in Brazzaville is generally good, but medications may be in short supply, and counterfeit medicines are also 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 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 Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.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 Republic of the Congo are generally in poor condition and poorly maintained. Road conditions can worsen during the rainy season. Many roads require the use of a vehicle with four-wheel drive. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Congo - Republic: At a glance

Capital: Brazzaville

Population: 5.244 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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