Congo Visa

All U.S. citizens need a Congo visa when traveling to the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) or the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). You must secure your visa before arriving in either country.

If you arrive without a valid travel visa, you will not be allowed to enter the country and you could be detained. When traveling to Congo-Brazzaville, you must also present an invitation letter and a written copy of your hotel reservations to immigration officials upon arrival. You may also be required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you have recently traveled to an infected area.


Below is a list of the requirements for obtaining a visa for travel to Congo-Brazzaville and Congo-Kinshasa. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive and requirements are subject to change. For the most up to date Congo visa requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) and the website of the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) respectively.

Congo-Brazzaville Requirements

  • U.S. passport with at least six months validity remaining
  • Two completed application forms
  • Two passport photos
  • Written confirmation of your trip from your travel agent
  • If you are applying for a business visa, you must also include a letter from your employer on company letterhead with the following information: the name and address of the person you are visiting, confirmation of your return trip or onward travel, and a financial guarantee for your stay in Congo-Brazzaville.
  • Congo-Kinshasa Requirements

  • U.S passport valid for at least six months
  • Two completed Congo visa application forms
  • Two passport photos
  • Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
  • Copy of round trip plane ticket or itinerary showing onward travel from Congo-Kinshasa
  • Letter of invitation notarized in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • If you are applying for a business visa, you must submit a letter from your employer confirming the company’s responsibility for all of the expenses associated with your trip.
  • Consular officials have the right to request additional information from any applicant prior to issuing a visa. It is very important that you provide all of the necessary information with your application. Incomplete and inaccurate applications will not be processed, delaying the issuance of your visa.

    Submitting Your Application

    All Congo visa applications must be submitted to the Embassy of the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) or the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) as appropriate. The processing time for a Congo-Kinshasa application is three days for a tourist or business visa and 24 hours for a diplomatic visa. Same day service is not available.


    The fee for a multiple entry visa to Congo-Brazzaville is $70. The fee for a one-way transit visa to Congo-Kinshasa is $20, and the fee for a two-way transit visa is $40.

    The cost of a single or multiple entry visa to Congo-Kinshasa ranges from $115 to $400 depending on the length of the validity of the visa. Fees for a Congo-Kinshasa diplomatic visa are waived. All Congo-Kinshasa visa fees can be paid by money order, certified check or company check. Other forms of payment are not accepted.

    Visa Service

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