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Sub Saharan Africa

Congo (Democratic Republic)

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Still current at: 25 April 2011
Updated: 21 April 2011

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to Travel Summary (political rallies on 24 April). The overall level of the advice has not changed; we advise against all travel to specific regions of DRC and against all but essential travel to the rest of the country.

(see travel advice legal disclaimer)

Travel advice for this country

Natural disasters

Natural Disasters - Volcanoes
Nyamulagira volcano in the north east of the country (near Goma) erupted on 2 January 2010. Its lava flow affected sparsely-populated areas in the Virunga National Park. Nyiragongo (20km from Goma) is also showing signs of increased activity. Local authorities, UN agencies and local NGOs are preparing themselves for this possible eventuality. If you are in the area (against our travel advice) then you should follow local advice.

Natural Disasters - Earthquakes
Earthquakes occasionally occur in DRC. The last occurred in Eastern DRC on 9 June 2009 and measured approximately 5.0 on the Richter scale.


Congo (Democratic Republic), Kinshasa, British Embassy


British Embassy
Democratic Republic of the Congo
BFPO 5319




(243) 813 46 4291


Office hours:

Mon-Thur: 0630-1500
Fri: 0630-1300

Local Time:
Mon-Thur: 0730-1600
Fri: 0730-1400
Out of hours, Embassy answer machine gives a contact number


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