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Republic of Congo Visa

Type of Congo Visas

Tourist Visa (Popular)
  • Processing time: 10-12 days
  • Stay period: 1 Month
  • Validity: 1 Month
  • Entry:Single
  • Fees: ₹7,199/
Business Visa
  • Processing time: 10-12 days
  • Stay period: 1 Month
  • Validity: 1 Month
  • Entry:Single
  • Fees: ₹7,199/
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Documents required for Republic of Congo Visa

  • Must have Documents for Republic of Congo Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any
    • 3 Copies of Visa Application form: completed and signed
    • 3 recent photographs: colour photo with white background and matt finish(Photo Specification)
    • Personal Covering letter: explaining purpose of travel to the country
    • Evidence of Financial Funds: bank statement of last 6 months with minimum balance of at least USD 5000
    • Air tickets: proof of return flight tickets from and back to your home country
    • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.
  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Leave Sanctioned Certificate: with company seal providing approval for leave
    • Salary Slips: of last 3 months

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Proof: Registration License/MOA/Partnership deed
    • Company Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 6 months with bank seal
    • Company’s Income Tax Returns: of last 3 years

    3. If Retired:

    • Retirement Proof: pension book, statement etc

    4. If Student

    • ID Card: from school, college or institute

    5. If Minor

    • Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents
    • Legalized Letter of Consent (NOC)
      • If the child is travelling with one parent, the letter of consent authorizing travel must be legalized by the other parent
      • If the child is travelling alone or without either parent, a notarized letter of consent from both parents permitting travel
    • Death Certificate: in case one or both parents are deceased
    • ID Proof: of parents

    6. If Visiting friend or relative

    • Invitation letter: stating the relationship with the inviter and purpose of visiting the country
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill

    7. If Sponsored

    • Sponsorship Letter: sponsors need to provide the name of the visitors, what the purpose of the visit is, relationship with the visitors, length of stay, dates of travel & any other additional information if necessary
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill
    • Proof of Financial Support: updated bank statement, pay slips

    8. For Business Visa

    • Invitation Letter: from host company stating purpose of trip, business details etc
    • Business Covering Letter: from Indian company on company letterhead

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Republic of Congo Visa FAQs

  • add What is a Congo visa?

    The visa is a document for travel and business purposes and allows citizens of India to enter the DRC for a given number of days.

  • add How can I apply for a Republic of Congo visa online?

    With Akbar Travels, the process of applying for a Republic of Congo visa online is easy and seamless. The steps are:

    1. Choose your preferred type of Republic of Congo visa based on your travel type

    2. Pay online

    3. Submit your documents through our pick up & drop service

    4. Receive your visa when approved

  • add What are the types of Congo visa for Indians?

    You can choose between a travel visa for 30 days or a business visa valid for 6 months, depending on their reason for travel.
    Tourist visas are for those Indian citizens travelling to the DRC for sightseeing, recreation and casual visits to friends or families. Business visas are ideal for Indian citizens wishing to attend business meetings with Congolese companies or exhibit on behalf of companies outside the DRC.

  • add What is the earliest I can apply for a Congo visa online?

    The earliest date to apply for a Congolese visa is 3 months before the date of travel to the country. Visas will not be processed for applications submitted earlier than 3 months ahead of planned dates.

  • add How long does it take to process a Congo visa for Indians?

    The application and approval for a Congolese visa normally takes 10-12 working days.

  • add Do I get single or multiple entries on my Congo visa?

    In case of a tourist visa, a single entry is granted. For business visas, you can get multiple entry visas extending between three to six months.

  • add Are there any additional charges to pay while applying for a Congo visa for Indians?

    The visa fee is exclusive of taxes and is subject to change based on the Embassy’s directive.

  • add How do I pay my Congo visa fees?

    You need to pay the visa fee online. These fees are non-refundable.

  • add Do I need to submit my passport along with the application?

    Yes, as the Congolese visa is a vignette or sticker that is placed on an empty page of a passport. Please ensure your passport has at least 2 consecutive blank pages.

  • add Is the Congolese visa valid for the whole of DRC?

    Yes, the visa is valid for travel through the whole of DRC through designated entry and exit ports.

  • add Is it possible to expedite processing for a Congo tourist visa from India?

    The embassy in New Delhi does not currently offer any expedited visa processing services. It is advised, therefore, to apply well in advance of travel dates.

  • add Can I extend a Congolese visa?

    You can request to get your visa extended at the nearest Office of Immigration. The approval of extension is subject to the officers’ decisions and Embassy directives.

  • add Can I get a Congolese visa while in the country?

    No, you cannot get a Congolese visa while in the country or at any port of entry. They must be applied for well in advance of the dates of travel.

  • add From when is my visa valid?

    Your visa is valid from the date your visa was issued. It should not be calculated from the date of entry into the DRC.

  • add What if my Congolese visa gets rejected?

    Decisions for a Congo visa rejection are made by the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, New Delhi. Upon refusal or granting of a visa for a shorter period, no refund will be issued.

  • add Is it mandatory to get medical insurance to travel to the DRC?

    Medical insurance is not a mandatory part of Congo visa requirements. It is still advisable to purchase a medical insurance plan to cover your medical expenses in the DRC. Akbar Travels can assist you with the ideal travel insurance plan to insure yourself against medical emergencies during travel, damage and loss of baggage.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Congo tourist visa from India?

    The easiest way to apply for a Congolese visa is to apply through an experienced travel agency like Akbar Travels. Our visa experts have been in the travel and tourism sectors for 40 years and are well-versed in the ins and outs of visa application processes.To solve any doubt or query, fill out a query form and a Visa Expert will get in touch with you in a flash.The assigned visa expert will also be on hand to guide you over any hiccups in the process once it begins.

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Simple steps to get a Republic of Congo Visa:

Akbar Travels is your dedicated travel partner when it comes to hassle-free visa application. Our team is committed to supporting you throughout your efforts to travel to your dream destination. Read more

A dedicated visa expert is always present to address all your queries anytime and take you through the entire process of visa application.

Here are the steps to apply for a Republic of Congo Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1: Contact our Visa Expert with your travel plans and gather all the visa information and requirements.

Step 2: Pay your Congo visa fee online and get your documents picked by us from your home or office.

Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify, process and submit your documents to the Embassy.

Step 4: Get your Visa delivered to your doorstep

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Basic Requirements to visit Republic of Congo

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Republic of Congo Visa
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself and all family members during your entire trip. Read more
  • Thorough knowledge of your accommodation and itinerary details to furnish at immigration if asked to
  • Return flight tickets or onward flight tickets to ensure your return to home country or your next destination once your visa expires
  • Adhere to the moral standards of the country and follow the general rules
  • Be in good health.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Valid Republic of Congo Visa depending on the purpose of your visit and duration of stay Read more
  • Confirmed return or onward tickets.
  • Details of accommodation.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Foreign currency
  • Any additional documents to support your purpose of visit, especially for business visa travellers
  • Have all documents authenticated before traveling
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What to do when you arrive in Republic of Congo

  • Keep all your travel documents ready to be produced for verification by the immigration officers
  • Ensure you are not carrying any forbidden items that will not pass through customs, including ‘any immoral items liable to cause a breach of the peace’ like books, audiobooks, audio and video tapes Read more
  • Always carry your passport or a copy of it while traveling within Republic of Congo
  • Note down emergency helpline numbers in the country
  • Be aware of the general rules of conduct in public places
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Republic of Congo travel guide

The DRC is the fourth most populated country in Africa andis considered to be meant for the seasoned travellers to Africa. The country has an abundance of forests and biodiversity. There are many national parks located in the country. It is perfect for eco-tourism, with the possibility of nature-related activities. Read more

The country has extensive rainforests with gushing rivers. You can also experience active volcanoes if you are lucky. The country has faced some of the worst episodes of political unrest in the 20th Century. There are high alerts in many areas due to chances of civil unrest. The Kabila political dynasty has brought some stability to the region, but tourism is still catching up.

The best time to visit the country is between May and December. With the main seasons being the tropical wet season and the long dry season, it is better to avoid the wet weather in the place. Natural tourism spots, such as the Odzala National Park, are best explored in the drier months.

There are quite a few flights which operate to the DRC from India. Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines are some of the preferred options to reach DRC. Kinshasa is the main airport for all flights originating from India. Even though roads connect the main cities, some are less travelled than others. Do consult a local guide or the immigration office to get updates on the safety of road travel. It is also favourable to get a local guide while travelling.

What to see in Congo

Most tourists visit Congo for its abundant natural beauty and national parks. The main cities in the country are Kinshasa and Brazzaville- these are also the most frequented tourist stops. In Kinshasa, stop by the Musee National de Kinshasa, Cathedrale Notre-Dame Du Congo, Ma Vallee and the Serpents du Congo. The TexafBilembo, Academie des Beaux-Arts and Lola ya Bonobo are also worth visiting. The live volcano at Mount Nyiragongo in Goma is also a must-add to your itinerary.

The DRC is home to five national parks, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are the Virunga National Park, Garamba National Park, Salonga National Park, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, and Okapi Wildlife Reserve. In recent times, tourist visas have been issued solely to visit the famous Virunga National Park.

The famous Congo River, Lake Kivu, Lomako-Yokolala Faunal Reserve, Mount Stanley, and Zongo Falls are also some of the major attractions in the country. All of these are great destinations for trekking, hiking and other adventure activities.

You can shop for many local arts and craft products as souvenirs from DRC. Bracelets, hand-woven baskets, ebony carvings, Katanga hand-paintings, and Kuba wrap make for great gift options for your friends and family.

The DRC also offers many food options as the local cuisine. Moambe, made of cassava leaves, chicken, rice, fish, bananas, peanuts, and palm nuts, is the national dish of the country. Other must-try local delicacies are Nguluyakotumba (grilled goat/pork) and Moinmoin (black peas paste with onions and hot peppers) among others.

Palm wine and lunguila, made from sugarcane, are some of the popular local drinks in the DRC.

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Republic of Congo Facts and Figures

Region:
Central Africa
Time in DRC:
IST (-) 4.30 hours Read more
Capital:
Kinshasa
Major cities:
Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Kananga, Mbuji-Mayi, Bukavu, Goma.
Area:
2.345 million sq.km.
Language:
French (official), Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba
Currency:
Congolese Franc (CDF)
National Day:
June 30
Main Airlines:
Congo Airways
International Airports:
Kinshasa International Airport or N’djili Airport (FIH)
Best time to visit Congo:
May to October
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Other Republic of Congo Visa types

Akbar Travels currently only processes Tourist and Business visas. There are other types of Congo visas as well, which can be applied for at the Embassy.

1. Transit visa

This visa is for those travelling through DRC to another country but intending to stay within the DRC for a short while.

2. Diplomatic/Official visa

This visa is issued to bearers of a Diplomatic/ Official passport or United Nations Laissez-Passer holders. These applications are usually exempt from visa fees.