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Not all parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo are safe. Before traveling to the DRC, you need to ensure that you are traveling to a safe region. The major attraction to Congo is primate tourism. People who want to have an encounter with mountain gorillas should visit the Virunga Massif.

Canada has a relationship with Congo in terms of development and humanitarian assistance but there is currently no trade agreement between the countries.

Your provincial plan will not be adequate outside Canada. So, you need to get a Congo travel insurance policy or private medical coverage to cover you against any form of medical emergency, accident or hospitalization abroad.

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Basic Information About Congo

Some important information on Congo Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Congolese franc, Zairean zaire
Official language French
Capital Kinshasa
Continent Africa
Population Approx. 81.34 million
Plug type Plug type C and E
Driving side Right-hand side
Seasons
  • Short dry season – January to February
  • Short rainy season – March to April
  • Long dry season – May to September
  • Long rainy season – October to December
Laws Local laws and customs

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Congo Security Measures for travelers

Yours is the decision to visit Congo and you are responsible for your personal safety outside Canada. But since we take your security and safety seriously, we provide you reliable information in our Travel Advice to help you to make a well-informed decision as it regards traveling out of Canada.

Risk Level

  • Avoid non-essential travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo due to the current political and security situation.
  • Avoid all travel to the eastern and northeastern area of DRC including North Kivu, Maniema, South Kivu, Tanganuika, areas bordering South Sudan and Uganda and so forth.
  • Avoid all travel to Kasai, Kasai-Central, and Kasai-Oriental due to frequent clashes between armed militias and security forces.

Entry / Exit requirements

Every territory or country decides who passes through its borders and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the country’s entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from Congolese authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The entry requirements that apply to you depends on the type of passport you use for travel. Check with your transportation company about passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date you expect to leave Congo.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The rules that apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Congo before you leave.

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Congo Healthcare

There are public and private health care centers and hospitals in Congo. The health care quality and standard in Congo is lower than Canada’s standard but medical treatments could be expensive. Some hospitals may also require cash payment, so, you need to travel with enough money to cover potential costs and the right Congo travel insurance for coverage against unexpected illness, accidents or hospitalization in Congo.

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Congo Travel Insurance News

The Canadian government paid for a trip by Congolese officials to interview Congolese nationals facing deportation to their homeland.

It is shocking that the Government of Canada will work with a regime it has placed under a travel warning. Canada has an official moratorium on deporting Congolese out of concern for the safety of the people deported.

Freddy Kabongo, president of the Congolese Community in the GTA said that the Congo government is one of the worst dictatorships in the world and Canada has spent money to pay for the trip for the people killing his family, friends, and people. He added that there is no difference between Congo and Canada if we are supporting and funding a dictatorship.

Montreal’s La Presse newspaper mentioned that it costs the Canadian Government $30,000 to host the officials but the Canada Border Services Agency did not confirm that it hosted the officials in March and April 2014.

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Congo Travel Insurance FAQ


Do you need a Visa for travelling to Congo?

Canadians are required to hold a visa corresponding to their purpose for traveling to enter Congo. Students should obtain a tourist visa when traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo. You must obtain your visa from the DRC embassy located in Ottawa before leaving Canada. If you wish to enter Congo more than once, you will need a multiple entry visa.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

If you are not satisfied with the benefits and features offered by a single policy, you can buy multiple travel insurance policies.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Your travel insurance policy will cover outpatient services which include doctor visits.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

Canadian tourists can buy Congo travel insurance the day they leave Canada or even later. Some insurers offer usage-based policies that can be purchased on the go and easily managed.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The time it takes to get an outcome for your claim depends on the type of claim but if you provide necessary documents to your insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.

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