Foreign travel advice

Democratic Republic of the Congo

! Warning FCDO advises against all travel to parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Warnings and insurance Summary

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    It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s advisesguidance againston allforeign but essential travel to:insurance.

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    The security situation in eastern DRC remains unstable. There are continued reports of Kasaïseveral Oriental.towns in eastern DRC being attacked by or falling under temporary control of armed groups, including some territories and villages within a 30km range north of Goma. Armed groups are present and intercommunal violence can affect the political, security and humanitarian situation. You should be prepared to leave at short notice via available routes. Travellers should regularly check government advice for updates. See Safety and security.

    FCDOThere adviseswere calls for protests against allthe butUN essentialpeacekeeping travelmission toknown as the provincesUnited Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Kasaïthe Congo (MONUSCO) in Goma on 13 September. Similar calls cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and Kasaïstay Central.away from demonstrations, protests or disturbances. See Protests and demonstrations.

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    Street crime and robbery is common. You should avoid using any taxis in DRC. If you choosemust totake travel,a researchtaxi, youruse destinationsa andprivately getbooked appropriateone. travelDon’t insurancehail taxis in the street. Beware of gangs promising you cut price gold and diamonds. See Crime

    Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the DRC. InsuranceAttacks could be indiscriminate. You should coverbe yourvigilant, itinerary,especially plannedin activitiesplaces visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

    If you’re abroad and expensesyou inneed anemergency from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.