Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Event: Kinshasa Confinement Restrictions to Begin Saturday March 28

The City of Kinshasa is expected to announce an intermittent total confinement of all residents starting Saturday March 28.  It will be a rotation of four days of confinement then two days when people are allowed to move about and re-stock supplies.  This rotation will last three weeks.  During periods of total confinement, only minimal DRC government workers and medical personnel will be authorized to go to the workplace.

The government of the DRC has declared a State of Emergency effective March 24 to limit the spread of COVID-19.  All domestic passenger flights between Kinshasa and the provinces are suspended.  The suspension of international passenger flights remains in effect.  All road and river transport between Kinshasa and the provinces are suspended for passenger traffic.  Goods transport will continue with control checkpoints at Kinshasa city limits.  DRC National Police and military will patrol to ensure the new rules are followed.  Schools and universities remain closed, sporting events and gatherings larger than 20 people are banned, bars and restaurants are closed until further notice and non-food stores in Kinshasa were ordered closed.

Visit the DRC Ministry of Health COVID-19 website for updated information on the situation in the DRC.  Visit the CDC website   for information on symptoms and how to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing):

  • Avoid contact with people.
  • Contact your regular health care provider or the DRC Ministry of Health at 101, 109, 110.
  • Notify the U.S. Embassy if a U.S. citizen is hospitalized with COVID-19 by emailing

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is considering all options to assist U.S. citizens in DRC.  We are compiling a list of persons seeking to leave DRC.  If you would be interested in options to leave,  please visit our website on COVID-19 and send the requested information to our email address:

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