Congo (Democratic Republic)

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

General security situation

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

Meningococcal meningitis outbreak

There is an outbreak of meningococcal meningitis in province Thsopo (capital Kisangani) in north-eastern DR Congo. Vaccination is recommended for travellers to this region.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria in the entire country. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Yellow fever

There is a risk of yellow fever.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness.

Protect yourself against insects.

Tick-borne diseases

Ticks can transmit diseases such as African tick bite fever.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Schistosomiasis

There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

COVID-19

Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Yellow fever

Mandatory

Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory from the age of nine months. 
This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official 
yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended, sometimes mandatory

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Polio vaccination is compulsory for all travellers who will be spending more than four weeks in this country. This vaccination must be administered at least four weeks and no more than twelve months prior to departure from the country and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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