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Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory Update
March 11, 2021

The Department of State updated its Travel Advisory for the Republic of Congo on March 10, 2021.  The Department continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to the Republic of Congo.

Reconsider travel to the Republic of the Congo due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution due to elections, crime, and civil unrest.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Republic of the Congo due to COVID-19.

Republic of the Congo has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within Republic of the Congo.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Republic of the Congo.

Country Summary: General elections in the Republic of the Congo are scheduled for March 21, 2021.  Historically, there is a heightened risk of violence during election periods. The Republic of the Congo government may limit communications and impose travel restrictions as the elections approach, potentially without notice.  Expect additional police and military checkpoints and roadblocks throughout the country.

While not common, violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, remains a concern throughout the Republic of the Congo.

Political demonstrations can be unpredictable and violent.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Brazzaville. U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to the Pool Region because of ongoing violence. They must also obtain special permission to travel to Pointe Noire’s beaches due to crime.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to the Republic of the Congo:

  • See the U.S. Embassy’s webpage  regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night. Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for the Republic of the Congo.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.