COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  10/05/2022

The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

*** Effective October 1, 2022, a negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer required for travelers with proof of full vaccination upon arriving at the airport to enter or to exit the DRC. The same measure applies to travelers fully vaccinated traveling within the DRC.  Unvaccinated travelers must still provide a negative COVID-19 test

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? Yes
    • Upon arrival and exit, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to submit to a COVID-19 test at the airport, provided they have proof of vaccination.
    • Unvaccinated travelers must still submit at negative COVID-19 test at the airport on arrival.
    • To exit the DRC, all unvaccinated passengers 11 years of age and older must present a negative COVID-19 test from the INRB or a laboratory approved by the Ministry of Health, from within 3 days prior to departure.  The cost of the test through the INRB is US$30. Visit INRBCOVID.com for information on testing in the DRC.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes but only for unvaccinated travelers
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

 

Quarantine Information 

  •  Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? no
    • Travelers entering the DRC, regardless of the origin of their travel, are not required to quarantine.
    • The DRC Ministry of Health may monitor travelers upon arrival, request information, and order self-quarantine, or isolation if a traveler tests positive for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR tests available for U.S. citizens in DRC? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available one calendar day? Yes
  • COVID-19 testing is available in DRC at the traveler’s expense.
  • COVID-19 testing options in Kinshasa include:

1. INRB Gombe VIP COVID-19 Testing Center  (Official DRC Institute), Email: Info@INRB.net, Address: Avenue Batetela, Gombe, Kinshasa. (Batetela Building, 1st floor; Intersection of Avenue Batetela and Boulevard du 30 Juin. Search for “Pharmacie du 30 Juin” on Google Maps. They are located in the same building.)
No appointment required, cost $45, you must follow this process:

      1. Go to inrbcovid.com to register online
      2. During registration scan and upload a copy of your travel document (passport) and the airline tickets.
      3. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation ID that will be used to pay at the Testing Center and then get tested.
      4. Results are only available in person, 24 hours after testing.

 

2. Hospital Du Cinquantenaire (Official INRB testing site), Phone: +243 844 430 396, Address: Avenue de la Libération, Commune de Kasavubu, Kinshasa

 

3. H&J Hospitals (Private hospital, home and office visits)

      1. H&J Testing location in Gombe (office visit): Pullman Kinshasa Grand Hotel
        4 Avenue Batetela, 9535, Price: $55, Call: 099-138 3675 to make the appointment. Then, via WhatsApp to that number, provide a copy of your passport bio page, email address and phone number. Results: generally, 24 hours later.
      2. H&J Testing location close to Orca: Modern Paradise building, 8225, Avenue Kabasele Tshiamala (former Flambeau)
        Walk in or call +243 815 586 555 / 0815586555
        Opening Hours: 08:00H – 19:00H. Bring a copy of passport bio page. Results are usually available within 24 hours via email or in person. Cost: $55
      3. H&J Testing location in Limete (main hospital): 1st Street Limete Industrial, 22309, Boulevard Lumumba. Price: $55, Email: HJ POC Abhishek Kapoor at kapoor@hjhospitals.org. to make an appointment. Wait times vary depending on the number of people being tested that day. Provide a copy of your passport bio page, email address and phone number.  Results: same day if tested before 12 pm.
      4. H&J Home Visit: Call 0813 531 861 to make an appointment. Email: HJ POC Abhishek Kapoor at kapoor@hjhospitals.org. A copy of passport bio page along with your email and contact information is needed to confirm the appointment. Price: $55 + $40 for convenience fees. Result: the same day if testing performed before 10 am.
      5. Centre Medical Diamant (CMD), by Appointment at CMD (no home visits).  Address2366 Colonel Monjiba, Ngaliema (II Mercato Business center building). To make an appointment:  Email CMD at k@cmd.cd (English or French) or call them at #0907 777 780 (French only).*  Results and Certificate expected via email. Consult CMD for current processing time, which varies from 24-48 hours.  Cost: $70.

 

  • COVID-19 testing options in Goma include:
    1. INRB VIP Site, $50, 48-hour turn-around. For appointment, call +243 977 967 398 or+243 824 839 979. Located near MONUSCO Lava Site, Goma.
    2. INRB Border Site, $50, Located at Grande Barriere border crossing station, Goma.
    3. Jeffrey Travel, $50, 48-hour turn-around. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment needed.  Located Ave Mont-Goma near Rond Point Bralima, Goma, +243 819 748 012.

 

  • COVID-19 testing options in Bukavu include:
    1. Ministere Provinciale de la Sante, $30, no appointment necessary Monday – Saturday 08:30 – 11:00, same day results. Test located in Annex building, Blvd Reine Elizabeth, second building on right after turning off Ave President Mobutu/Lumumba.  Collect results at Inspection Provinciale de la Sante, Ave De Sato, Monday – Saturday 14:00-16:00.
    2. Panzi Hospital, $30, no appointment necessary, same day results.
    3. DPS Laboratory, +243 998 665 976.

 

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