Democratic Republic of the Congo Entry Requirements

Democratic Republic of the Congo Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Switzerland Yes Yes Yes
Austria Yes Yes Yes
Turkey Yes Yes Yes
Other EU countries Yes Yes Yes
Germany Yes Yes Yes

Passport information

Generally required, must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry and should not contain visas or entry/exit stamps from Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Note on the passport

Due to the ongoing military conflicts in some parts of the country (Equateur, Orientale, North and South Kivu provinces, Haut-Uélé district and Garamba National Park in the extreme north-east of the country), tourist trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo are not recommended. The Federal Foreign Office has issued a partial travel warning for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The entry regulations can change at short notice. The embassies provide further information (see contact addresses).

Visa information

A visa for the Democratic Republic of the Congo is required for nationals of the countries mentioned in the table above, among others.

Note on the visa

In any case, the visa must be applied for in their country of origin/residence before departure – also for globetrotters, individual travelers and expedition travelers.

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Germany and Austria tourist visa €109 (single entry, valid for 1 month); €148 (multiple entries, valid for 1 month); €173 (single entry, valid for 2 months); €199 (multiple entries, valid for 2 months); €227 (single entry, valid for 3 months); €237 (multiple entries, valid for 3 months); €272 (single entry, valid for 6 months); €352 (multiple entries, valid for 6 months). A processing fee of €25 is added to the visa fees. Express exhibitions are no longer offered in Berlin.

Visa types and costs

Single and multiple entry tourist, business and special visas. Transit visas will not be issued.


Single and multiple visas 1, 2, 3 or 6 months. Visas must be used within 3 months of issue.


The possibility of a visa-free transit does not exist. In person or by post to the consular section of the embassy (see contact addresses).

Application required

(a) 1 application form (downloadable from the website of the relevant diplomatic mission). (b) 2 passport photos. (c) Passport valid for at least 6 months upon entry and containing blank pages. (d) Yellow fever vaccination certificate and international vaccination card and health certificate confirming that the applicant has no contagious diseases. (e) Return or onward travel ticket or travel agency certificate or invitation from DR Congo. (f) Police clearance certificate for stays longer than one month. (g) Fee (Transfer). (h) Approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (i) officially confirmed invitation. Business visa additionally: (h) Letter from your own company and business partner with information on the purpose and duration of the trip and confirmation of the assumption of costs. A stamped, registered return envelope and proof of payment of the visa fee should be enclosed with the application by post. Depending on the purpose of the trip, additional documents may be required. Visiting relatives requires a letter of invitation approved by the local authorities. All required documents must be translated into French.

Temporary Residence

Inquiries to the consular representations (see contact addresses).

Processing time

In Berlin: 10 days. Express issue: 2-3 days (also in Berlin).

Legally Required Registration

Visitors must also report to the Direction Générale de Migration (DGM) (Boulevard du 30 Juin 65, Commune de Gombe, Kinshasa) after any change of location.

Documents required upon entry

International vaccination card with proof of a valid yellow fever and meningitis vaccination, health certificate.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport with photograph or your own passport. Austrians: Own passport (recommended). Swiss: Own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Note: Unaccompanied minors require an “authorization parentale”, written parental approval, and a “prise en charge” from the airline concerned. There are no special features when accompanied by only one parent. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU).

Democratic Republic of the Congo Entry Requirements