Republic of Congo
Last update 17 October 2023Diplomatic missions
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
Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in the capital of the Republic of the Congo Brazzaville. The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, is accredited to Congo (Brazzaville)
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10 Euphrates Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Working hours: 09:00 – 17:30
Opening hours of the Consular Office: 09:00 – 12:00 by a preliminary scheduled appointment
Telephone: +234 803 307 8578
Е-mail of the Embassy: [email protected]
E-mail of the Consular Office: [email protected]
Emergency only out-of-hours hotline: + 234 903 000 0275
The Embassy of the Republic of the Congo in Berlin is accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria
Embassy of the Republic of the Congo in Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
Address: Grabbeallee 47, 13156 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49-304 940 0753
Fax: +49-304 847 9897
Working hours: Mon – Fri, 09:30 – 15:30
E-mail: [email protected]
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Congo
Joseph Christian Niamby
Consular district: territory of the Republic of the Congo
Address: 24 bis rue Intelco, Center ville, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Phone +242 069316060; +242066102168
Email: [email protected]
Vigilance in terms of security is advised. Due to criminal activity in some of the more extreme areas of the capital, in the economic hub of Pointe Noire, and inland, increased vigilance is advised, especially during the later hours of the day, as well as not to carry large sums of money. The originals of identity documents and visas should be photocopied and left in the hotel safe and copies of these documents should be carried. Avoid attending places where large numbers of people congregate, including demonstrations, etc. Unorganised travel to/from the Pool area is not recommended. Increased attention is also needed for domestic airlines, whose condition does not meet European standards.
Health care is not well developed, with virtually no access to quality health services outside the capital Brazzaville and the city of Ponte Noire. For this reason, traditional indigenous medicine is usually offered and should be treated with caution. The number of carriers of the AIDS virus is increasing.
Recommended vaccines and personal hygiene advice:
The authorities require a certificate of yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination against typhoid and cholera is also recommended, as is the use of prophylactic medication against malaria. Be careful when eating fruit and vegetables — after washing them, do not eat them immediately, but leave them in sunlight for 10—15 minutes.
Specifics of the local legislation:
Photography of military and strategic sites is prohibited. Although there are no relevant prohibitions in the legislation, traditional society in the Republic of the Congo does not accept open display of different sexual orientation.
The maximum allowable quantities for import of currency shall be a stock of up to USD 10,000. (or their equivalent in another currency) on entry and a cash balance of up to USD 20,000 on exit. It is advisable to carry US dollars and euro in cash, as well as travellers cheques or credit cards. You can import goods for personal use duty-free.
Roads are in poor condition and inland, during the rainy season, they become difficult to pass. Motor third party liability insurance is required at the border when entering the Republic of the Congo.
When travelling with children, they are required to be provided with separate passports.
Central African franc (CFA)
In the Republic of the Congo, rainy and dry periods alternate. The rainy season lasts from October to April. The climate is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity, especially during the rainy season.
Travel papers and visas
You can travel to Congo (Brazzaville) with an international passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel and a visa affixed to it. Bulgarian citizens can obtain a visa for the country at any Embassy of the Congo abroad.
European Emergency Travel Document:
In extreme situations — in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Brazzaville.
Certifications and legalizations:
In order to be valid in the Republic of Bulgaria and to be able to serve before the Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued by the authorities in the Republic of the Congo to Bulgarian citizens should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Congo.
The documents must then be certified either by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja (in this case, a prior certification by the Embassy of the Republic of the Congo in Abuja is also required) or by an Embassy of the Republic of the Congo accredited to our country in a third country (in this case, the certification of the Consular Office of the Embassy of the Republic of the Congo in that country is certified by the Bulgarian Embassy in the third country). Once the documents have been so prepared, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and the translation must be certified by the Department of Certifications and Legalizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.