DR Congo visa requirements for Burkinabes

Travel and visa requirements

Congolese Visa is not required for Burkinabes

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • The visa policy in the Democratic Republic of Congo permits citizens of Burkina Faso to visit the country for a duration of 90 days without a visa.
  • Intending visitors are required to have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended date of departure from DR Congo. The passport should have at least two blank pages for visa stamping.
  • Tourists will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination. Visitors are advised to be vaccinated 10 days before entering DR Congo.   
  • Visitors from Burkina Faso are required to provide proof of enough funds to spend during their stay in the country.
  • A detailed printed itinerary of your time in DRC and a confirmation of accommodation during the stay, which can be a hotel reservation will be required.
  • Persons who have been declared Persona Non Grata by the government of DRC will not be allowed entry into the country.
  • The government of DR Congo requires that travellers declare cash amounts of over 5 million CDF ($5,400).
  • In DR Congo, it is illegal to export the CDF (Congolese Franc).
  • Burkinabes will be required to pay a $50 airport exit fee when departing the country.
  • Visitors hoping to get to DR Congo can do so from any international airport in Burkina Faso. There are international airports in Ouagadougou and Tenkodogo.
  • Air Cote D'Ivoire and ASKY are some of the carriers that fly from Burkina Faso to DR Congo.
  • The estimated flight duration from Burkina Faso to Kinshasa, DR Congo is 6 hours, 30 minutes.
  • French is the official language of DR Congo. Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili and Tshiluba are the four main indigenous languages spoken by the locals in DR Congo.
  • Congolese franc is the official currency used in DR Congo. Visitors can exchange their foreign currency at various bank and exchange outlets in the country.
  • More than 90% of the population of DR Congo are Christians, consisting of Roman Catholics, Protestants, and other denomination of Christians. The Sunni Muslims and other indigenous religions make up the minority.
  • In DR Congo, the climate is hot and humid in the river basin and cool and dry in the southern highlands, with a cold, alpine climate in the Rwenzori Mountains.
  • Transportation in DR Congo can be made possible with buses, taxis and train.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo uses the West African Standard time (GMT+1), which puts an hour ahead of Burkina Faso.
  • The power and socket plug used in DR Congo are of Type C, D and E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  •  Visitors are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is DR Congo safe for tourists?

Tourists are not advised to visit places like North Kivu and Ituri provinces in DR Congo due to a high rate of crime, Ebola virus, and kidnapping. 

When is the best time to visit DR Congo?

The best time to travel to DR Congo is during the long dry season which is from May to September, with July markedly the driest month, followed by June.

Can I travel to DR Congo if am pregnant?

Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid travelling to DR Congo. Yellow fever, as well as Zika, is still a problem in the DRC. 

Is English spoken in DR Congo?

French has been maintained as the official language since the time of independence and it is widely spoken around the educated groups in the country.