Travel Advice for Congo
Congo
Capital: Brazzaville

Time Zone GMT + 1
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 246
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Europe: Embassy of the Republic of Congo and the Tourist Office, 37 bis rue Paul Valery, 75016, Paris, France, Tel: (1) 45 00 60 57 Fax: (1) 40 67 70 86.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Consult embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except nationals of Gabon. Tourist and Business, 15 or 30 days.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Falciparum variety exists. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination is required by all visitors over one year of age.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera, River blindness and Sleeping sickness are also prevalent. There is a very high prevalence of AIDS/HIV. Visitors should seek medical advice before travelling.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency CFA Franc (CFA Fr) = 100 centimes.
Credit cards and travellers cheques are not widely accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Tourists can expect to pay high prices for services.
Languages French. Other languages are Likala and Kikongo. English is spoken very little.
Weather Rainy Season = Oct - Apr. Dry Season = May - Sept. The Climate is Equatorial.
Electricity 220/230 Volts AC 50Hz.
Post Unreliable Internal Service.
Transport RAIL: Advance booking is recommended. Services can be erratic.
ROAD: The roads are mostly tracks and are suitable for 4 - wheel drive. Several car-hire firms in Brazzaville.
DOCUMENTATION IDP is required.
Special
Information
EXTREME RISK: The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office strongly advise against travel at this time. If you intend to visit despite these warnings you should be aware that the border with Cameroon is closed and armed guards are targeting tourists. Visitors should dress modestly in Muslim areas and respect customs. Ensure you do not smoke or drink in public places during Ramadan.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Be cautious and ask permission before taking photographs