The DRC government is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 epidemic, now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In order to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the DRC, the CONGOLESE government, in accordance with the 2013 law on public health, is implementing the following measures
All persons coming from high-risk countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and India, will not be allowed to enter the DRC.
Congolese and residents returning from high-risk countries will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in accordance with the protocol.
The issuance of visas at points of entry and at all embassies is suspended with immediate effect. Visas in progress are canceled with immediate effect until further notice.
International travel of all government employees, with the exception of the President, parastatal services, and public entities, is suspended with immediate effect.
Public gatherings of more than 50 people are suspended immediately for 30 days, including religious activities, sports events, conferences, wedding celebrations, night clubs/bars, music concerts, parties, and gyms.
The public is advised to maintain a distance of 1 to 2 meters between individual people and a maximum of 50 people everywhere, including in banks, restaurants (including take-out restaurants), supermarkets/shops, pharmacies, post offices, and administrative services (road transport, immigration, civil status, police stations, etc.).
People with cold symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat) who have had contact with returning travelers should not use public transport. If using a private vehicle or on foot, they must alert the agents of the health establishment on arrival before entering the establishment.
Members of the public are advised to defer non-essential local travel.
Funerals must be brief and should not last more than 2 hours. Strict hand washing/surface cleaning is recommended for all equipment used during the burial (shovels, microphones, etc.). No catering service should be provided to the public/mourners.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water or a hand sanitizer.
Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze with an elbow or flexed tissue.
Avoid direct contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms.
Avoid handshakes, hugs, and kisses when greeting other people.
All citizens and residents of the DRC should postpone their travel to affected countries to minimize the risk of COVID-19.
For daily updated information on COVID-19 and a list of affected countries, the public is advised to seek further information from reliable sources.
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been declared by the World Health Organization. In order to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the DRC, the government has implemented the following measures: