Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
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The Republic of Congo belongs to the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). CEMAC member countries include Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. The Republic of Congo’s standards of trade duplicate French standards, which are sometimes not well adapted to the local market.
The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
Must be accompanied by a Veterinarian Health certificate issued in country of origin and issued 5 days before transportation. The certificate must record a vaccination against rabies.
Baggage must be cleared at the first airport of entry in Congo. This also applies to baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside Congo.
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No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.
Local currency: CFA Franc-XAF.
There’s been a steady increase of crime reported in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. Foreigners in particular may be targeted by criminals. You should take sensible precautions to safeguard yourself and your belongings, particularly in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. Do not walk in the streets after dark, or carry large amounts of money or valuables. The chance of being targeted by criminals is higher in rural areas.
Criminals have been known to target the beaches at Pointe Noire. Stay on main beaches, secure valuables, and avoid all beaches at night.
While tensions have cooled following a peace agreement between Government and rebel groups in late 2017, there continue to be reports of sporadic rebel group activity and military operations against them, large numbers of displaced people, and continued instances of crime and armed banditry in the Pool region. Any attempt to travel by night may be prevented, and a permit from the Congolese army plus a military escort may be needed for travel by day.
There are no rail services running between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. When rail services were running there were several instances of criminal gangs targeting trains on this route.
Avoid travelling anywhere around the country at night.
The river crossing/border with Kinshasa is subject to closure without warning. The ferry stops running in late afternoon, and there’s no service on Sundays. Check the situation locally before travelling.
Road conditions are generally poor and deteriorate during the wet season (November to May). Overland travel off the main roads needs a four-wheel drive vehicle. Lock vehicle doors and keep windows closed when driving; watch out for armed gangs who may target your car. Do not drive off the main routes or park in unsupervised areas.
There are frequent vehicle checkpoints throughout the Republic of Congo, which can be poorly marked. If you are asked to produce documents for inspection at a checkpoint, remain in your vehicle and show them documents through closed windows.
All airlines from the Republic of Congo have been refused permission to operate services to the EU because of safety concerns. British Embassy staff aren’t allowed to use any of the airlines operating between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire.
Presidential elections are scheduled to take place on 21 March. Outbreaks of violence are possible ahead of, or during elections.
Any periods of unrest are likely to be accompanied by an increased police and military presence in Brazzaville. You should maintain a high level of security awareness, avoid political protests and avoid travel after dark.