Overview Congo (Republic of the Congo)
Country-specific safety information
Large-scale military operations have been observed in some regions of the southern “Pool” department. Search operations against rebel groups are being carried out throughout the southern region, using not only the military and police but also irregular militias. Travel to the Pool department is therefore strongly discouraged.
For the time being, travel from Brazzaville to Pointe Noire is only justifiable by air. There are numerous flights between the two metropolises every day, and all airlines are considered unsafe according to EU standards.
Compared to its neighboring countries, the Republic of the Congo is a relatively safe country to travel to. When traveling in the Congo, however, increased vigilance and caution is required in general and throughout the country, large crowds and proximity to military and police posts should be avoided. Instructions from military and police posts must be followed. In particular, the general prohibition of photo and video recordings, especially with cell phones, of military personnel and all public, security-relevant facilities (military posts, airports, ferry ports, barracks, hospitals, bridges, but also areas of palm oil plantations and cleared areas in the rainforest) is particularly important Consistently enforced. High fines and temporary detention for violations cannot be ruled out.
Some parts of the city in Brazzaville (Ouenze, Talangaï, Bakongo, Poto Poto, Makélékélé) should only be visited after dark if absolutely necessary and if possible without valuables and best avoided at night because of the increased crime rate. This also applies to the port city of Pointe Noire, because of the worsening economic situation, an increased crime rate has been observed here for some time.
Road traffic & land travel
We strongly advise against using the national road No. 1 from Brazzaville towards Kinkala and on via Mindouli to Pointe Noire. When using the national road No. 2 from Brazzaville north to Ouesso, roadblocks and controls, partly also by irregular militias, must be passed. Anyone who drives on this route should better join a convoy, night drives should generally be avoided.
The road network (including the national routes) is generally in poor condition, which makes road accidents more likely. Particular care should be taken on National Road 1 between Pointe Noire and Brazzaville. There is an increased risk here due to intensive heavy-duty traffic with trucks that are consistently unsafe for traffic on largely unpaved road sections. We strongly advise against using taxis and buses on this and other long-distance routes. This is especially true for the rainy seasons.
Rail and air transport
The always overcrowded train between Pointe Noire and Brazzaville will no longer operate until further notice, as the militias operating in the Department Pool have blown bridges.
Inner-Congolese flights are mainly between Brazzaville / Kayi / Dolisie, Brazzaville / Ouesso and Brazzaville / Pointe Noire. The technical condition of the aircraft and the training level of the pilots mostly do not meet international standards. All airlines registered and operating in the Republic of the Congo are on the “black list” of the EU (external link, opens in new windowerec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban).
1 CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc * = 100 Centimes. Currency abbreviation: CFA Fr, XAF (ISO code). Banknotes are in circulation to the value of 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500 CFA Fr. There are coins in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 CFA Fr.
Note: [*] Is issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC, State Bank of the Central African States) and used by Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Chad and the Central African Republic. The CFA Franc (XOF) issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO, State Bank of West African States) is not legal tender in the Republic of the Congo. The CFA Franc is pegged to the Euro.
Diners Club and MasterCard are rarely accepted. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question. Some Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire hotels accept credit cards, but cash is preferred.
ec / Maestro card / Sparcard
There are a few ATMs only in large cities.
Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.
Bank opening times
Foreign exchange regulations
The export and import of the national currency is prohibited. The export of foreign currencies is subject to declaration.
Bringing US dollars or euros with you is recommended in Republic of the Congo, a country located in Africa according to topschoolsintheusa.