COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: May 23, 2022

*** Effective February 14, 2022, a negative PCR test is required to enter and depart the DRC, regardless of vaccination status.  Travelers with proof of full vaccination status are not required to submit to a COVID-19 test upon arriving at the airport to enter DRC. The same measure applies to travelers fully vaccinated traveling within the DRC.

Travelers are still subject to the COVID-19 requirements of all cities, airports, and airlines involved in their travel plans.

Additionally, the government has lifted the nightly curfew except in areas designated as being part of the “state of siege.”

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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.

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exceptions to the CDC Order requiring all air passengers to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States are extremely limited to the following groups:

  • children under 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Humanitarian exemptions to the CDC order are granted on an extremely limited basis. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Masks are required in public indoor and outdoor spaces. There is a fine of 10,000 Congolese Franc for not wearing a mask.
  • Public gathering should not exceed 50% capacity of the venue.
  • Nightclubs and discotheques are currently open in strict compliance with mitigation measures including temperature checks, hand washing, and social distancing, and must close at 11:00 p.m. Police have raided establishments that they consider nightclubs, even before curfew.
  • Temperature checks are required to enter markets, restaurants, and public buildings.
  • Businesses, schools, airports, and ports are open. While DRC borders are open, many neighboring countries continue to restrict border crossings.

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:, 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 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 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 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.
    4. . 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 (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.
  • 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.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the U.S. requirement, please review the following page:
  • 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of DRC approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes..
  • Are vaccines available in the DRC for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
  • Which vaccines are available in the DRC? Astrazeneca. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been approved and are expected this month.
  • Vaccines are available at the following approved locations in Kinshasa. Contact local INRB offices for vaccine locations in Goma, Bukavu, and other locations.  People interested in receiving the vaccine should contact a location directly for details and to request an appointment.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry?  Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for departure? Yes
  • DRC Requirements:
    • All arriving international travelers 11 years of age and older must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within 3 days of their departure to DRC. Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to submit to a COVID-19 test at the airport, provided they have proof of vaccination.
    • All travelers must present a World Health Organization (WHO) card with proof of yellow fever vaccination.
    • U.S. citizens should travel with proof of health and medical evacuation insurance. Check with your medical evacuation insurance company on options should you fall ill in the DRC.
    • To exit the DRC, all 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 for information on testing in the DRC.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Domestic travelers age 11 and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 test for travel between the provinces when departing from Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Bukavu, Goma, and Kisangani. Where possible, the test must be taken within 7 days of travel.
  • Check with your airline about COVID-19 safety measures, testing requirements, and health requirements at your destination.

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 so long as they show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of their departure to the DRC. Upon arrival, travelers age 11 and older must also submit to a COVID-19 test at the airport. Travelers should register their information and pay for the test at three days prior to entering the country.  The cost of the required test is US$45 which can be paid online or in U.S. cash at the airport. Following the sample collection at the airport, travelers should self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result via the website and/or SMS, generally within 24 hours.
    • 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required in public, including on public transportation and at all airports.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: Routine and emergency ACS services, including passport and notary service, are available for U.S. citizens at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa. Schedule an appointment through our ACS Appointment System. Contact for assistance.
  • Immigrant Visa: Routine immigrant visa services are available but remain limited.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa: The U.S. Embassy continues to prioritize travelers with urgent travel needs, although regular visa appointments are made available as the local conditions allow. In response to ongoing pandemic-related service disruptions, the Department of State announced the extension of Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee validity until September 30, 2023 for individuals who paid an MRV fee, but were unable to schedule and/or attend an interview during the suspension of services. If you believe you have an emergency need for a non-immigrant visa to travel to the United States, please make an appointment and request an emergency visa appointment. Further information and frequently asked questions are available on our appointment website.
  • Please visit for information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic:

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