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Republic of the Congo Travel Information

According to holidaysort, Congo-Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) (French: République du Congo) is a country in Africa bordering Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo-Kinshasa, and Angola. Congo-Brazzaville gained independence from France in 1960. The capital of Congo-Brazzaville is Brazzaville. A number of major cities in Congo-Brazzaville are: Pointe-Noire, Loubomo and Nkayi.

Congo-Brazzaville is known for a number of tribes that still live according to old traditions. Congo-Brazzaville is also known for its rich flora and fauna. You will find savannah, swamps, mountains and tropical rainforests. A number of animals that live in the wild in Congo-Brazzaville are: elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, giraffes, hyenas and rhinoceroses. Oil and diamonds are also extracted in Congo-Brazzaville, which contribute to the country’s economy.

Where is Congo-Brazzaville?

Travel information of Congo-Brazzaville

Official name: Republic of the Congo
Continent: Africa
Area: 342,000 km²
Capital: Brazzaville
Country code: CG, COG
Population: 5,657,000 inhabitants (2021)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,020 m (Mont Nabemba)
Distance (Amsterdam – Brazzaville): 6,349 km
Flight time: approximately 8 hours

Travel advice
Current status: All non-essential travel to certain areas in Congo-Brazzaville is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow and orange.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Congo-Brazzaville that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Congo-Brazzaville, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Congo-Brazzaville. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Congo-Brazzaville?

Weather and climate
Congo-Brazzaville has a tropical climate. The average temperatures are between 28 degrees during the day and 25 degrees at night.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Congo-Brazzaville can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Congo-Brazzaville can be found at Climate info.

Best time
June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Congo-Brazzaville. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.

French is the official language in Congo-Brazzaville. Kikongo, Kituba and Lingala are also spoken.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Congo-Brazzaville.
A visa is required. You can request this in person at the embassy of Congo-Brazzaville in Brussels.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Congo-Kinshasa (also for Congo-Brazzaville):
Dutch consulate in Congo-Brazzaville:
Embassy of Congo-Brazzaville in Belgium (also for the Netherlands):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Congo-Brazzaville, it is mandatory to get vaccinated against yellow fever.
In addition, there are one or more vaccinations that are recommended.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Congo-Brazzaville. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Congo-Brazzaville people pay with the CFA franc (XAF).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Congo-Brazzaville can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Congo-Brazzaville are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +10% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (37% cheaper), food (48% more expensive), imported beer in catering (38% cheaper), cigarettes (87% cheaper) and public transport (56% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 1 hour earlier in Congo-Brazzaville.
During our winter time there is no time difference.
Congo-Brazzaville has no difference in winter time and summer time.
Check the local time, date and time zone for Congo-Brazzaville on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Congo-Brazzaville you have to drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Congo-Brazzaville, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Congo-Brazzaville.

In Congo-Brazzaville you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in Congo-Brazzaville can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: Local numbers
– Fire: Local numbers
– Ambulance: Local numbers

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news regarding Congo-Brazzaville can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Congo-Brazzaville can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Congo-Brazzaville end
Congo-Brazzaville official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Congo-Brazzaville is 00242 or +242.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Congo-Brazzaville? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Congo-Brazzaville Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Congo-Brazzaville.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Congo-Brazzaville.

An overview of all public holidays in Congo Brazzaville can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in Congo-Brazzaville, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Congo-Brazzaville?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Congo-Brazzaville. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Congo-Brazzaville can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Congo-Brazzaville can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Congo-Brazzaville? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that Congo-Brazzaville may not be imported and/or exported.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Congo-Brazzaville.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Congo-Brazzaville is a former French colony?
…From the 15th to the 19th century many Congolese were taken away as slaves?
…Congo-Brazzaville has only two cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants?

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