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 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 the DRC to the following high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter;

China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, United States, United Kingdom Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and India.

A. Congolese and residents returning from high-risk countries will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in accordance with the protocol.

B.The issuance of a visa at points of entry and at all embassies is suspended with immediate effect. Visas in progress are canceled with immediate effect until further notice.

C. International travel of all government employees, with the exception of His Excellency the President, the FELIX ANTOINE TSHISEKEDI, parastatal services, and public entities are suspended with immediate effect.

Social Distancing

Total suspension of public gatherings of more than 50 people immediately for 30 days, including:-

 a. Religious activities.

 b. Sports events.

 c. Conferences.

 d. Wedding celebrations.

 e. Night clubs / bars

 f. Music concerts.

 g. Parties.

 h. Gyms.

 The public is also advised to maintain a distance of 1 to 2 meters between individual people and a maximum of 50 people everywhere, including in the following places:-

  1. Banks
  2. Restaurants, including take-out restaurants.
  3. Supermarkets/shops.
  4. Pharmacies.
  5. Post office.
  6. Administrative services (road transport, immigration, civil status, police stations, etc.).
  7. Funeral.

 To ensure the continued safety of other users of health care facilities, people with cold symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat) who have had contact with returning travelers should;

– Do not use public transport

– If you use a private vehicle or on foot, you must alert the agents of the health establishment on your arrival before entering the establishment

To minimize the risk of contracting and possibly spreading COVID-19, members of the public are advised to defer non-essential local travel.

 Ensure the continued safety of those in mourning / the public during funerals / memorial services;

– The funeral must be brief and must not last more than 2 hours.
– Ensures easy access to hand cleaning with soap and water
– During the burial, strict hand washing/surface cleaning is recommended for all equipment used (shovels, microphones, etc.)
– To further minimize the risks, no catering service should be provided to the public/mourners.

Advise the public:-

a. Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water or a hand sanitizer, if applicable.

 b. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze with an elbow or flexed tissue.

 c. Avoid direct contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms.

 d. 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 a daily updated list of affected countries and for more information on COVID-19

 Thank you.

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