Democratic Republic of the Congo (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Mandatory quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 12.10.2021
1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or French.
2. Passengers must complete a “Travellers Registration Form” before arrival at This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
3. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.


Detailed Tourist Information

DRC authorities opened their international and internal borders on 15 August. DRC’s neighbouring countries may have border restrictions in place. If you are planning travel in the region, you should check the travel advice ( for Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola.

All travellers entering DRC are subject to screening, including temperature checks. Travellers aged 11 and above need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test upon entry to DRC and/or proof of vaccination against COVID-19. The test result date must be within the 72 hours prior to your arrival date. Children under the age of 11 are exempt. In addition, the Congolese Civil Aviation Authority has announced that all passengers, even those vaccinated, will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival. Passengers are therefore invited, prior to boarding in the country of departure, to register online at on the National Institute of Biomedical Research website to obtain a QR code to be presented on arrival at the sampling centre at the airport. Registration requires you to upload a photo of your passport and a copy of your ticket. The cost of the test is around US$45, payable online, or on arrival (in cash).Travellers aged 11 and above must also pay $45 USD for a mandatory test on arrival.

Lockdown Details

A curfew is in place from 18 December between 10pm and 4am. You should not be outside without justifiable reason (eg a medical emergency during these hours).

Wearing of facemasks is mandatory for anyone in public areas. This includes in public and private transport. The police will issue fines of 5000 Congolese Francs ($3) if masks are not worn.

DRC authorities have announced a gradual easing of public health measures:

-businesses, banks, restaurants and shops are re-opening in Kinshasa with social distancing measures in place.
-places of worship, stadiums and performance halls have reopened.
-schools, colleges and universities have reopened.
-social enterprises eg bars and nightclubs remain closed.

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