The Republic of Congo, also called Congo-Brazzaville, in equatorial west Africa is a narrow country that stretches inland from the Atlantic Ocean along the north side of the Congo River. The Congo is almost completely covered by thick forests—most of the people live in the cities. The church is still recovering from past political conflict and needs the Word of God to help them rebuild and influence their country.
- It is easier to obtain a short term business visa than tourist.
- Visas are available with Travel Docs http://www.traveldocs.com/ if you choose to use them. They know all the ins and outs of dealing with this Embassy of Congo.
- Passport with at least six months remaining before expiration.
- At least one blank Visa page for stamp.
- Attach two passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
- Letter of invitation on letterhead from a host company or organization in the Republic of Congo.
- A business letter of responsibility is required, to be typewritten on your company letterhead and addressed to:
- Embassy of Republic of Congo, Visa Section, Washington DC. The letter must explain all of the following:
- Nature of business to be performed.
- Name and address of reference to be visited.
- Guarantee of return transportation and sufficient funds for the visit.
- The letter should be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant.
- Provide a copy of your return tickets.
- Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.
- The Congo business visa is usually valid for three months from date issued, for a stay in Congo not to exceed 30 days.
- The process of obtaining Letter of Invitation and Visa takes a minimum of 4 weeks.
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- Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
- Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
- Contact your health provider for other recommendations vaccinations.
- Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
- If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
- You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Congo for the most up to date travel info.
- For Men:
- Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
- For Women:
- National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
- What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?
- Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Recommend good walking soles. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
- Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.
Things to Bring:
- Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
- Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
- A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
- Small flashlight.
- Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
- Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
- Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.
Things to Know:
- Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
- There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
- Notify your bank that you will be in Congo so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.