Republic of Congo
Last update 17 July 2020Diplomatic 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 (Brazzaville)
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the capital of the Republic of Congo, Brazzaville. The servicing embassy for Congo is the embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, The Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja
Address: 10 Euphrates str, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Telephone: +234 096724359
Office hours: 09.00 - 12.30 h
Consular service: +234 096709986
Е-Mail: [email protected]
Crime and safety
Generally speaking, it is advisable to have enhanced attention towards safety. Due to the high level of criminality, it is not advisable to undertake individual traveling in particular regions in the northern part of the country, such as Ouenze and Talanga, where some rebel groups are active. Attacks are possible on railway stations in the late hours, mainly against women.
Higher attention is needed also towards domestic airlines, whose state does not meet European standards. The aircraft often have accidents or make unforeseen emergency landing for refuel in Angola.
In the big cities, there is a higher level of criminality, on account of which it is not advisable to have large amounts of money with you. The documents should be photocopied and left in the hotel safe. You should be particularly careful when the night falls.
You can bring in unlimited quantities of local and foreign currency, which, however, should be declared. It is advisable to have euros or US dollars in cash, traveler’s checks or credit cards. You can bring in all kinds of items fore personal use without customs duty.
It is permitted to take out local currency of up to 25 thousand of Congolese francs and unlimited quantity of foreign currency. No other special customs restrictions are known to us.
Specifics of legislation
It is not acceptable to take pictures of military and strategic sites.
It is not advisable to demonstrate your sexual orientation, although the country does not have a special law concerning homosexuality.
The roads are in bad repair and during the rainy period they become difficult to pass. At the border, you will be required to take out motor third party liability insurance.
Low level of healthcare. Due to the higher number of persons carrying the AIDS virus, it is advisable to refrain from accidental sexual contacts.
In Congo (Brazzaville) there are no seasons in the real sense of the word. Only a rainy and a dry period alternate. The climate is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity. The rainy period lasts from October until April.
Travel papers and visas
You can travel for Congo (Brazzaville) with international passport, which is valid at least six months from the date of travel, plus a visa affixed to your passport. Bulgarian nationals can obtain a visa for the country in any embassy of Congo abroad.
Visitors of Congo (Brazzaville) are advised to have a vaccine against yellow fever. For more details information, you can address the National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases on telephone number: + 32592 944 69 99 / 221.
You should drink enough fluids during the hot months.
You should take light food and avoid fats.
Limit the alcoholic drinks.
Maintain strict personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing.
You should be particularly careful when eating raw fruits, salads and vegetables.
Do not use the water in the water supply network.
Traveling with children
When traveling with children, they need to have individual passports.
Certifications and legalizations
In order to be valid in Bulgaria and be used before the Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued by the authorities in the Republic of Congo to Bulgarian nationals should bear the seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo. They should be then certified by an embassy of the Republic of Congo accredited for Bulgaria in a third state. The signature and the certifications of the consular service at the embassy of the Republic of Congo in that state should be certified in the Bulgarian embassy in the capital of that state.
Formalized in this manner, the documents should be translated into Bulgarian by an Authorized Translation Agency in Bulgaria, and the translation should be certified by the “Certifications and Legalizations” Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Temporary European passport
In emergency situations – damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals can apply to be issued a temporary passport for traveling before the embassy of an EU member state in the capital of Brazzaville.