2021-2022 Travel Requirements for Tourists Visiting DR Congo
2021-2022 Travel Requirements for Tourists Visiting DR Congo: The Democratic Republic of Congo is such beautiful country for tourists to explore, and the national parks like Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park are breathtaking and offer quite a number of activities like gorilla trekking safaris in Virunga national park and lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega national park. For the safest travel during your Congo safari tours, it’s always advisable that you book your Congo safari through a trusted tour operator company like Explore Rwanda Tours.
Local communities on both sides of the Congo Nile River share languages and customs (culture). Vigilance and attentiveness pay dividends in all sections of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and being up to date on news is advised. Gorilla trekking safaris in Congo are the most common tours in the country and generate quite a large amount of revenue for the government.
Security and Safety of Tourists in Congo.
Travel in the Democratic Republic of Congo may be as safe as traveling in other African nations. As in the rest of metropolitan Africa, do not wander alone at night. Remember to unwind! Being cautious pays well, however being neurotic will simply cheapen your experience.
Travel Requirements for tourists visiting Congo.
Before visiting Virunga National Park or Kahuzi Biega National Park, be sure you have met all of the criteria for entry into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. It is also critical to ensure that all vaccines are up to date and that all necessary visas have been completed and printed.
Travel to DR Congo amidst Covid-19
Tourists visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo during Covid-19 are required to present a negative PCR Test upon your arrival in Goma. Visitors are also required to take a mandatory PCR Test and rapid test if you are planning on doing gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park or hiking Mount Nyiragongo. For those doing eastern lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega national park, you will be required to present only a negative PCR test result upon your arrival at the park.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. You will be given a signed and stamped Yellow Fever Card after obtaining the vaccination, which you must bring with you on your journey. Also, following the recent outbreak of meningitis in Congo, visitors aged 2 years and below are advised to be immunized against meningitis before travelling to DR Congo.
The certificate must include your entire name, date of birth, and gender as they appear on your passport. Please keep in mind that you must have this vaccine at least 10 days before your travel.
Booking your Congo Visa.
The Congolese wildlife authority, Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), has reached an agreement with the Congolese immigration department, Direction Générale de Migration (DGM), to make it easier for visitors to Virunga National Park to get 2-week, single-entry tourist permits. The visa will cost you USD 105.
You must first purchase a package to be eligible for a tourist visa. Tourist visas obtained through Virunga National Park online are non-refundable.
When you reserve a package and obtain payment confirmation, you will be given an order number right away. Please go to the online visa application, input your order number at the top of the form, fill out the remaining areas, and then click submit. Because Congolese visas might take some time to complete, it is best to apply as soon as you book your package. Tourist visas purchased via the Park will be emailed to you two weeks before your departure date to the e-mail address you give at the time of booking.
At Explore Rwanda Tours, we can also obtain Congo visas on behalf of our clients but a need to be notified at least 3 months before your scheduled Congo safari tour. For tourists visas obtained through our tour company, the Department of Migration will issue an electronic visa that will be sent to you via e-mail. You will be required to print out a copy of your Congo tourist visa and present it to immigration officials upon your arrival at Goma Airport or at the Grande Barrière border in Goma.
Finally, please be sure to get any additional visas that you may require while you go to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Countries such as Rwanda and Uganda allow some nationalities to receive visas upon arrival at their principal airports; nonetheless, it is the individual traveler’s responsibility to confirm visa requirements before to arrival.