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Last verified: Thursday, 21. November 2019 at 07:21 AM

Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo

Local Situation: 3.8 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo. We detected travel advisories from 8 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.1 / 5

Democratic Republic of the Congo shares a land border with 9 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Democratic Republic of the Congo), the Advisory Index is 3.1 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Central African Republic (5), Burundi (4.8), Sudan (4.1), Uganda (2.7), Tanzania (2.5), Republic of the Congo (2.3), Angola (2), Zambia with 2 and Rwanda with 1.8 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Democratic Republic of the Congo

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Democratic Republic of the Congo from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.8 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Demokratische Republik Kongo: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/kongodemokratischerepubliksicherheit/203202

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Kongo - Demokratische Republik.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/kongo-dem-rep/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Cyprus

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Avoid non-essential travel to certain areas

Source: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/travel_en.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.
Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Avoid non-essential travel to your security elsewhere in the DRC due to the potential for civil unrest and violent crime.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/democratic-republic-congo

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel to eastern and north-eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including the provinces of Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, Kasai, Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental, Maniema, Tanganyika, North and South Kivu and within 50 kilometres of the border with the Central African Republic. This is due to the unstable security situation, ongoing armed conflict and violent crime.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Undvik icke nödvändiga resor - I landets östra delar, i norra och södra Kivu-provinsen fortgår sammandrabbningarna mellan rebellerna och armén. Civilbefolkningen har på vissa håll blivit tvungen att fly över landets gränser.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/CD

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Nord-Kivu

Info: Undvik alla resor

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Individual rating changes for Democratic Republic of the Congo

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Democratic Republic of the Congo changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 4.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 5.0.

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The Cypriot government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 4.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 3.0.

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The German government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 3.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 4.0.

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Democratic Republic of the Congo with a rating of 4.0.

About Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo with its capital Kinshasa is a country in Africa (Middle Africa), slightly less than one-fourth the size of the US (2,345,410 km²). The country is located Central Africa, northeast of Angola. The climate can be described as tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October). The landscape is vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east. With a population of about 60.09 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Kinshasa
Population about 60.09 million
Size 2.345.410 km²
Size comparable to slightly less than one-fourth the size of the US
Common languages French, Kongo, Lingala
Currency Franc (short: CDF)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +243
Internet Top Level Domain .cd
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 CD
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 COD
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 180

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • coltan - a mineral used in creating capacitors for electronic devices) causing environmental damage
  • deforestation
  • gold
  • mining (diamonds
  • poaching threatens wildlife populations
  • soil erosion
  • water pollution

Natural hazzards

  • active volcanoes in the east along the Great Rift Valley
  • Congo River floods (seasonal)
  • Nyiragongo (3,470 m), which erupted in 2002 and is experiencing ongoing activity, poses a major threat to the city of Goma, home to a quarter million people; the volcano produces unusually fast-moving lava, known to travel up to 100 km /hr; Nyiragongo has
  • periodic droughts in south

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Democratic Republic of the Congo. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. beverages
  2. cement
  3. cigarettes
  4. cobalt
  5. coltan
  6. commercial ship repair
  7. consumer products
  8. copper
  9. diamonds
  10. footwear

Agriculture products

  1. bananas
  2. cassava
  3. cocoa
  4. coffee
  5. corn
  6. cotton
  7. fruits
  8. manioc
  9. palm oil
  10. peanuts

Congolese Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Export products

  1. cobalt
  2. coffee
  3. copper
  4. crude oil
  5. diamonds
  6. gold
  7. wood products

Import products

  1. foodstuffs
  2. fuels
  3. mining
  4. other machinery
  5. transport equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently rated at 3,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 8 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Is it safe to travel Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019?

The score is rather high (3,8) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Democratic Republic of the Congo?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 8 individual sources for Democratic Republic of the Congo.

What is the size of Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Democratic Republic of the Congo has a size of 2,345,410 km² or 905,567 mi² which is slightly less than one-fourth the size of the US.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.