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All About the Visa for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, is located in Central Africa and is a land of lush rainforest and is home to the impressive Mount Nyiragongo and critically endangered mountain gorillas. Before travelling to this country, we strongly advise you check the latest advice issued by your government.
In this article, we will explore all the different entry policies, which regulations apply to each nationality visiting, as well as the processes and documents required to travel to this country for tourism.
Nationals from Burundi, Congo, Rwanda and Zimbabwe will be pleased to hear that you are able to visit DRC without needing to get a visa. In 2018, the United Arab Emirates also signed a visa-free agreement with DRC, but it is yet to come into effect.
On the other hand, citizens of Kenya, Mauritius and Tanzania are eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VoA), valid for short trips of up to 7 days.
All other nationalities are required to get a standard tourist visa from an embassy in their country of origin. If there is no DRC embassy in your country, you may request an entry confirmation document also known as a visa volant, which will allow you to receive a VoA.
What Is the Difference Between a DRC Visa Waiver, a VoA and a Standard Tourist Visa?
The neighbouring African countries that fall under the visa-free travel agreement can enter DRC with just a passport or identity document and stay for up to 90 days.
On the other hand, the handful of nationalities that are eligible for a VoA are granted a stay of 7 days in the country. However, you can apply for an extension once you are in the country if you wish to stay longer from the Services de la Chancellerie à la Direction Générale ou Provinciale de Migration.
Finally, a standard tourist visa allows visitors to stay for up to 6 months. When you apply, you will be given the choice of 1 month, 2 months, 3 months or 6 months validity, as well as the option to choose between a Single Entry and a Multiple Entry document. Regardless of the length of your stay, you will need to obtain this document from an embassy prior to your trip.
DRC Visa Requirements and Eligibility
Are you wondering what entry policies apply to your nationality? In this section, we explore the different entry policy categories and which nationalities they apply to. Simply find which category your passport falls under in the 3 lists below.
List of countries that can visit DRC visa-free:
On top of these, diplomatic and service passport holders of these countries are also eligible for visa-free access:
List of countries eligible for a VoA for DRC:
List of countries that must obtain a standard tourist visa for DRC:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
DRC Visa Application Process
For visa-exempt countries, you won’t need to worry about anything before your trip, as all you require to travel to DRC is a valid ID card or passport.
Similarly, countries that are eligible for a VoA will be granted a visa at Kinshasa Airport upon arrival, as long as you have a passport with at least 6 months validity on it and 2 blank pages.
Most nationalities will have to get a visa prior to departure from a Democratic Republic of Congo embassy or consulate. Depending on your nationality, you will either apply online or in person.
Some embassies have an online system that allows you to complete and submit the application online, in which case here are the steps you should follow:
- Complete the online form.
- Upload all the required supporting documents (see the ‘Application Form and Documents’ section below).
- Book an appointment at the embassy.
- Attend your appointment with your passport, and your visa will be issued there and then.
Some embassies will need you to apply in person, in which case here are the steps to follow:
- Download and complete the application form.
- Collect all the required supporting documents.
- Book an appointment at the embassy.
- Go to your appointment with all the documents and the completed form.
- Your travel document will either be issued during your appointment, or you may be asked to pick it up at a later date.
Now you are ready to fly to the Democratic Republic of the Congo!
For nationalities that require a travel permit but do not have a Democratic Republic of the Congo diplomatic mission in your country, you can request a visa volant. Here’s how:
You must send an email to the Direction Générale de Migration with a copy of your passport, a letter of invitation from an individual or organisation in DRC along with a copy of their ID.
If your request is approved, you will receive a confirmation email. Print this document and present it to the authorities on arrival to be granted a 7-day VoA.
Once you are in the country, you can get a regular tourist visa from the Services de la Chancellerie à la Direction Générale ou Provinciale de Migration.
DRC Visa Application Form and Documents
Now that you know which regulations apply to your nationality and what steps you need to take to obtain a travel permit, let’s look into exactly which documents and information you will be asked to provide:
- A completed and signed application form.
- A passport with 6 months validity on it and at least 2 blank pages for stamps.
- 1 recent colour passport photo with a white background.
- Notarised and signed letter of invitation from a host in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Confirmation of return or onward flights out of the country.
- Accommodation bookings throughout your stay.
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate.
In addition to the documents listed above, you must be able to prove that you possess enough funds to cover the cost of their trip. For example, this could be in the form of a bank statement or a work contract.
The application form is a simple document that you will need to fill out with your personal information, passport details and other information of interest. These are the sections and questions you can expect to find:
- Maiden name
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Marital status
- Name of your spouse (if applicable)
- Name and age of any children
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
- Phone number
- Email address
- Current address
- Length of stay in DRC
- Purpose of your visit
- Details of any previous visits
- Date of arrival
- Port of entry
- Date of departure
- Port of departure
- Your address in the Congo
DRC Visa Status Check
Have you submitted an application, but are unsure whether it has been approved yet? It can be frustrating waiting to find out what is happening to your application, since it takes several weeks to be processed.
If more than 3 weeks have passed and you haven’t received your document or any news, then it’s best to contact the embassy directly and request an update on your application.
How Much Does a DRC Visa Cost?
The cost of a travel document to this central African country varies depending on the type of document you require and the length of your stay.
Below you can find a list of prices for each type of permit. Don’t forget that if you are processing your document through an agency or third party, additional fees apply.
7 days – 40 USD
- 1 month – 83 USD
- 2 months – 150 USD
- 3 months – 217 USD
- 6 months – 300 USD
- 1 month – 133 USD
- 2 months – 200 USD
- 3 months – 250 USD
- 6 months – 400 USD
In addition to this, international visitors will need to pay a 50 USD airport exit fee upon departure, as well as 5,000 Congolese francs (5 USD) to board an international flight.
More DRC Visa Questions and Information
There you have it! Everything you need to know about the entry policies to DRC for foreigners visiting for tourism. To complement the information above, we have created a handy FAQ section for you.