COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 10/15/21

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Republic of Congo has confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 14, 2020.   As of October 11, there were 15 514 confirmed cases, 13 731 recoveries, 1538 active cases and 222 confirmed deaths.
  • The government of The Republic of Congo extended a State of Health Emergency until November 2 to limit the spread of COVID-19. The curfew in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire is from 23:00 until 05:00, Mondays through Fridays and from 20:00 until 05:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  • The Congolese air borders opened on August 24, 2020 for international flights. International air carriers are resuming some services into and from Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.
  • Land and river borders remain closed.
  • Places of worship, schools, restaurants and bars are open.
  • All international passengers are required to self-quarantine for two weeks in their residence or hotel for 14 day upon arrival. Passengers in transit will be quarantined at their expense at designated facilities until they resume their travels.
  • A PCR Rapid Test is obligatory for every visitor arriving from abroad to the ports and airports starting October 18, 2021.The cost is 40 00 CFA and is at the visitors’ expense. Visitors must then quarantine until they receive their results by email. In the case of a positive test result, they will be assisted by the Ministry of Health. To pre-register for the test and process the payment ahead of time, please visit www.voyage-congo.com.
  • People must present a certificate of vaccination for internal travel between large cities and to access public administrative offices, banks, government offices, etc. starting the November 30, 2021.
  • Marriage ceremonies and religious ceremonies are suspended until November 26, 2021, a period of 45 days.

 

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Republic of Congo? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email BrazzavilleACS@state.gov
  • Outbound passengers requiring testing can go to:
    Brazzaville:

    • National public health laboratory, Laboratoire National de Santé Publique located in front of the people’s palace.
  • Congolese Foundation for Medical Research Fondation Congolaise de la Recherche Médicale. located at the city of research, château-d ’eau district (ex ORSTOM).

Pointe-Noire:

  • Branch of National Public Health Laboratory located inside the Loandjili general hospital.
    • Gombes Foundation laboratory, Laboratoire de la foundation Gombe’s located in the city center.

Oyo:

  • Laboratory of the infectious and tropical pathologies research center of the general hospital (CREPIT) Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba

The days and times for testing and test results are as follows

– Testing (in all sites): From Monday to Saturday, from 08 to 10

Results will be available online: www.Insp-cg.org

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of the Republic of Congo approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in the Republic of Congo for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in the Republic of Congo? Sinopharm, Sputnik V, Sputnik Light and Johnson & Johnson (uni dose)
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • For further updated information , please contact the Public Health Emergency Center ( Centre des Opérations d’Urgences de Santé Publique ) couspcg@gmail.com  [note: French speaking only]
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • A mandatory rapid test (RT-PCR) is expected to be implemented at the international airports for all incoming passengers as of October 8

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • On Monday through Friday from 23:00 until 05:00 in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire.
    • On Saturday and Sunday and holidays from 20:00 until 5:00 in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire.
    • The curfew is lifted for the rest of the country.
    • Law enforcement units may fine or arrest people who are found non-compliant.
    • As of November 1st, a proof of vaccination will be required for all movements between large cities.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All international passengers are required to self-quarantine for two weeks in their residence or hotel for 14 day upon arrival. Passengers in transit will be quarantined at their expense at designated facilities until they resume their travels

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are still required in public and social distancing and hygiene requirements continue to be implemented.

Fines for Non-Compliance: 

  • Law enforcement units may fine or arrest people who are found non-compliant.

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