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Democratic Republic of Congo Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
EU Yes Yes Yes


To enter Congo, a passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


A visa is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above to enter the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You may also be asked to present a yellow fever certificate, onward tickets, and sufficient funds.

Beware that some types of visa applications are referred to Kinshasa for a decision. In these cases, a formal letter of invitation from the person or organisation you are visiting, stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa and submitted with your application, can help to speed up the visa issuing process.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Congo.

Types and Cost

One-month multiple-entry visa: £135; two-month multiple-entry visa: £175; three-month multiple-entry visa: £225; six-month multiple-entry visa: £350.


Visa validity is from one to six months, however, you must use the visa within three months from the date of issue.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

For British passport holders, please contact:
The Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
281 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8QF
Telephone: 0207 580 3931

Working days

Allow five to nine working days for visa processing if you apply in person and 10 to 18 days for postal applications. An express service of two to three days is available for an additional charge. Up to 21 days in case an "Avis Favorable" from Kinshasa is required.

This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo

Telephone: 8155 66200.
Address: Gombe, 83, Avenue Roi Baudoin, Kinshasa, ,
Opening times:

Mon-Thurs 0730-1600; Fri 0730-1400.

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the USA

Telephone: (202) 234 7690.
Address: NW, 1726 M Street, Suite 601, Washington, DC, 20036,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1000-1700.

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7580 3931.
Address: , 49 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 7LT,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1100 (visa application); Wed-Fri 1100-1200 (collection).

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