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

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Event: Prepare for Upcoming Kinshasa Confinement Restrictions

The City of Kinshasa has reportedly postponed the period of intermittent total confinement of all residents that was to start Saturday March 28.  However; the restrictions may begin in the coming days.  There is a possibility that the new confinement measures will be 14 consecutive days with no days for shopping or leaving residences.  Use this time to make sure you have sufficient supplies of food and medicine to last 14 days straight. Conditions and restrictions may change quickly and without much advance notice.  All U.S. citizens are urged to prepare for long periods of confinement to their residences.

If you are staying in a hotel or rented apartment, check with building or hotel management to determine if restrictions could be placed on guest movements in and out of the building and what options for food and supplies are available for guests. We understand some hotels are limiting movement of their guests as a precautionary measure.

Be aware that other parts of the country are considering similar measures and monitor local media for updates on your area.  Nyakunde in Ituri Province is currently under quarantine.

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 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:  If you have already sent us your information, you do not need to resend.

Note: This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  We will be sure to highlight any new information from previous emails.

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