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DR Congo
02°52.800'S, 023°39.360'E Chart icon.png
Capital Kinshasa
Language French. Also Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili and Tshiluba
Currency Congolese Franc (CDF)
Time zone WAT and CAT (UTC+1 to +2)
Calling code +243

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (About this soundpronunciation (help·info) French: République démocratique du Congo [kɔ̃ɡo]), also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is the southernmost country located in Central Africa. It is sometimes referred to by its former name of Zaire, which was its official name between 1971 and 1997.


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WARNING: As of 9 October 2018, according to the WHO, 122 deaths due to the often fatal Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever have been reported in seven health zones in North Kivu Province (Beni, Butembo, Kalunguta, Mabalako, Masereka, Musienene and Oicha), and three health zones in Ituri Province (Mandima, Komanda and Tchomia). Travellers should seek medical advice before travel.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains one of the most underdeveloped countries in Africa and a significant portion of the DRC is not safe for any travel or sightseeing. In addition to active conflicts, the country has very limited health care and tourism facilities, even by African standards. More details can be found in the Stay safe section.

The regions of North & South Kivu have been in a state of continuous conflict since the early 1990s. The North/South Kivu regions should be considered off limits by all visitors, except for aid/humanitarian workers who (and whose sponsor) are keenly aware of the risks.

The north-eastern part of the country, just about everywhere north and east of the cities of Kisangani & Buma is unsafe due to active rebel groups responsible for low-level violence. Also the Kasaï region is very unsafe.

In addition to the rebel groups and criminals, in 2018 there is still a severe risk of any public gathering turning violent because of the political situation. And if the situation were to deteriorate, leaving the country would probably be difficult. Keeping a stock of essential supplies is recommended.

Those visiting for business, research, or international aid purposes should consult with their organization and seek expert guidance before planning a trip. Travellers visiting on their own should consult the advice of your embassy for any travel to the DRC.

Government travel advisories: Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States.






  • The main gateway to the DRC is Kinshasa-N'djili airport (FIH IATA)
  • There is one train line entering the DRC from Zambia


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