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Republic of the Congo is a developing nation classified as lower middle income. Located in central Africa along the Atlantic Ocean (east of Gabon and west of the Democratic Republic of Congo), the climate classifications range from humid equatorial (no dry season) to humid equatorial (long dry season).
See also: Library article for Yellow Fever
- Requirement: A vaccination certificate is required for all travelers aged ≥ 9 months.
- Official Status: listed by WHO as a country where YF transmission risk is present.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, monkeypox, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)(2018) Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
- Recommended prevention: C – Risk of P. falciparum malaria, in combination with reported chloroquine and sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine resistance. Mosquito bite prevention plus atovaquone–proguanil or doxycycline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis (select according to reported side effects and contraindications) a
aAlternatively, for travel to rural areas with low risk of malaria infection, mosquito bite prevention can be combined with stand–by emergency treatment (SBET).
WHO Country List footnote: When available, the date of the most recent update or confirmation is indicated in parentheses in the country list. If no date is indicated, the most recent update or confirmation was provided before 2013.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: All.
- Drug resistance3 : Chloroquine.
- Malaria species: P. falciparum 90%, P. ovale 5%–10%, P. vivax rare.
- Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, or tafenoquine.4
3 Refers to P. falciparum malaria unless otherwise noted.
4 Primaquine and tafenoquine can cause hemolytic anemia in people with G6PD deficiency. Patients must be screened for G6PD deficiency before starting primaquine or tafenoquine. See Tafenoquine Approved for Malaria Prophylaxis and Treatment for more information.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
High risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
Consular Travel Advice
Due to the presence of armed groups and ongoing security concerns, U.K. (FCO) advises avoiding travel to within 50 km (31 mi) of the border with the Central African Republic in Likouala Department; advises reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) to Boko, Kindamba, Kinkala, Mayama, and Mindouli districts (Pool Department); and advises reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) to Bouenza Department, Mouyondzi District. U.S. (DOS) and Canada (GAC) advise reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) to more limited areas. Australia (DFAT) has no current warning.
No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.
Moderate risk of violent crime (armed robbery, home robbery, and sexual assault,) and moderate risk of petty crime exist throughout the country, especially in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire (beach areas).
Scams involving corrupt officials have been reported.
Protests and demonstrations occur throughout the country and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities. Disruption to transportation, free movement, or the ability to carry out daily activities may occur.
A dangerous security environment and armed groups may exist in Pool Department.
Passenger boats may be unsafe, including ferries and small crafts traveling from Kinshasa to Brazzaville (Republic of Congo). Decline water transportation in vessels that appear overloaded or lack personal flotation devices or life jackets.
Significant risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road-traffic death rate is greater than 24 per 100,000 population, the highest risk category. Carefully assess the safety of transportation options before any road travel. Speed laws are poorly enforced. Driving at night is not advised. Seek local advice before traveling on roads outside urban areas after dark.
Traffic flows on the right-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
Due to security concerns, travel on roads between the cities of Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire is unsafe. Avoid road travel outside of urban areas after dark.
Many taxis are unsafe. Use taxis from official ranks or dispatched via smart phone app or radio from a reputable company and ascertain the license or identification number of the dispatched vehicle.
The rainy season is from April through October in northern areas and November through March in southern areas. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Republic of Congo
- United States: [+242] 06-612-2000; cg.usembassy.gov
- Canada: Canada does not have an embassy or consulate in Republic of the Congo.
- United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in Republic of the Congo.
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Republic of the Congo.
Republic of Congo's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: www.ambacongo-us.org
- In Canada: [+1] 416-315-1549
- In the U.K.: consulateofthecongobrazzaville.webs.com
- In Australia: Republic of the Congo does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.