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Last update 14 November 2022Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)

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Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)

The Republic of Bulgaria has no embassy in Brazzaville.  The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria is accredited to the Congo (Brazzaville)

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10 Euphrates Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Working hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 17.30
Consular Office hours for visitors: Mon - Fri, 09:00 - 12:00 h.

Booking in advance is highly recommendable via:

Tel.: +234 903 860 0017; +234 8033078578

E-mail: [email protected]

Е-Mail: [email protected]

Emergencies only

Tel.: + 234 903 000 0275

Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria

General information

general information

Local currency

Congolese franc

Crime and safety

Due to crime in some more remote areas of the capital, in the economic center - the city of Pont Noir, and in the interior, increased vigilance is recommended, especially in the late hours of the day, and not to bring large sums of money.  The originals of ID documents and visa should be photocopied and left in the hotel safe, and copies of these documents should be with you at all times.  Avoid crowded places, including demonstrations and more.  Unorganized trips to/from the Pool area are not recommended. Increased attention is also needed to domestic airlines whose condition does not meet European standards.

Customs requirements

The maximum allowable quantities for import of currency are up to 10 thousand USD (or their equivalent in another currency) and availability up to $ 20,000 on the way out.

It is advisable to bring euros or US dollars in cash, traveller’s checks or credit cards. You can import any items for personal use as duty free.

Specifics of legislation

Photographing military and strategic sites is not allowed.

Traffic

The roads are in poor condition and in the interior of the country during the rainy season it becomes difficult to drive. Upon entering the Republic of Congo at the border, the conclusion of a motor third party liability insurance is required.

Healthcare

Healthcare is not well developed, with virtually no access to quality healthcare outside the capital, Brazzaville, and the city of Pont Noir.  For this reason, traditional local medicine is usually offered and should be considered with caution. 

Climate

In the Republic of Congo, rainy and dry periods alternate. The rainy season is from October to April.  The climate is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity, especially during the wet season.

Travel papers and visas

For Congo (Brazzaville) you can travel with an international passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel and a visa. Bulgarian citizens can obtain a visa for the country at any Congolese embassy abroad.

 

Authorities are demanding the presentation of a certificate for the yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination against typhus and cholera is also recommended, as well as the use of prophylactic drugs against malaria.

Practical advice

Be careful when eating fruits and vegetables - after washing do not eat immediately, but leave in the sun for 10-15 minutes.

Water should be boiled or bottled.

Although there are no explicit prohibitions in the legislation, traditional Congolese societies are stereotyped towards demonstrating sexual orientation.

Traveling with children

When traveling with children, they need to be provided with separate passports.

Competitive service

Certifications and legalizations

In order to be valid in Bulgaria, all documents issued by the authorities in the Republic of Congo to Bulgarian citizens must be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo.

They should then be certified either by the Bulgarian Embassy in Abuja (in which case prior certification by the Embassy of the Republic of Congo in Abuja is required) or by any Embassy of the Republic of the Congo in a third country (in this case consular office certification of the Embassy of the Republic of the Congo in that country are certified by the Bulgarian Embassy in this third country).

Thereafter, the documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized Translation Agency in Bulgaria, and the translation certified by the Department of Certification and Legalization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Temporary European passport

In some cases - damage, loss or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for a European Emergency Travel Document (ETD) before an embassy of an EU Member State in the capital Brazzaville.

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