Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

The Republic of the Congo

  • Reviewed: 24 January 2017, 12:45 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 June 2018

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in Likouala department due to the unsettled security situation and the large presence of displaced people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We advise against all travel to this area. 

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the Pool department due to the threat of armed banditry and rebel activity. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in the Republic of the Congo due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

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Violent Crime
Violent crime is an issue throughout the Republic of the Congo, particularly in rural areas. Foreigners may be specifically targeted due to their perceived wealth. We advise against travelling at night or to isolated areas.We recommend you  avoid walking alone at night and avoid beaches in Pointe Noire.

New Zealanders should be aware that crime may be motivated by opportunity or the perceived affluence of the victim. It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as mobile devices and jewellery.

Civil Unrest
Violent civil unrest and armed conflict between security forces and rebel forces has occurred in the Republic of the Congo in the past, however the political and security situation has improved in recent years.

New Zealanders in the Republic of the Congo are advised to exercise vigilance at all times. We recommend monitoring the media and other local sources for information about potential risks to your safety and security.  

New Zealanders in the Republic of the Congo should avoid any demonstrations, political rallies and large public gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent.

Local travel
We advise against travel by rail throughout the Republic of the Congo and against travel by road in the Pool department, where armed criminal gangs operate and have robbed travellers in the past. New Zealanders should note that roads between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire run through the Pool department and we recommend that travel between these two cities be undertaken by air. Checkpoints are common throughout the country and individuals may target foreigners in order to extract bribes. At checkpoints, remain in your vehicle and produce requested documents through a raised window.

General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in the Republic of the Congo, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.

New Zealanders travelling or living in the Republic of the Congo should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in the Republic of the Congo are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

See our regional advice for Africa

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