Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 

Event: COVID-19 Update & Status of Health-Related State of Emergency for DRC

State of Emergency in DRC: The government of the DRC is slowly relaxing the health-related State of Emergency that was put in place March 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Shops, banks, restaurants, bars, and public transport reopened July 22.  Schools and universities are allowed to reopen as of August 3.  Airports, ports, borders and places of worship are expected to reopen on August 15.

Masks are still required in public spaces.  There are reports of police enforcing this requirement in Kinshasa.

Entry and Exit Requirements: Commercial passenger flights remain suspended until August 15 and we are awaiting an official announcement of what entry and exit requirements will be.  Continue to monitor DRC media and our website on COVID-19 as information becomes available.  Check with your airline about COVID-19 safety measures, testing requirements, and requirements at your country of transfer and final destination.  Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for information on U.S. arrival restrictions.

U.S. Embassy Services: Routine services at the U.S. Embassy remain suspended until further notice.  If you require an emergency U.S. citizen consular service, such as a passport, please contact for assistance and an appointment.

If you have an urgent need to depart DRC before regular commercial flights resume,  please visit our website on COVID-19 and contact the travel agencies listed about flight options.

Notify the U.S. Embassy if a U.S. citizen is hospitalized with COVID-19 by emailing

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