Entering and leaving the Congo region
Replies: 3 - Last Post: May 14, 2013 10:00 AM Last Post By: egoizueta
Dec 5, 2012 4:19 AM
Entering and leaving the Congo regionI am planning a trip across western tropical Africa during the spring time next year. I am currently in The Gambia, and the ideal plan is to make it to South Africa without flying and with public transport. The problem is obtaining the visas for the DR Congo and Angola.
Is it possible to obtain visas for the DR Congo in Africa (I'm from the UK), and if so, where is the best place?
I have also been told that in the DR Congo, there are infrequent trains that go towards the Zambia border - is this route still possible (and if so, where is the best place to obtain a Zambian visa?)?
Any news or advice would be greatly received!
Dec 5, 2012 8:56 AM
1Is it possible to obtain visas for the DR Congo in Africa (I'm from the UK), and if so, where is the best place?
I can't answer your question but I would double-check if you can enter (on your travel dates) to the DRC with a visa issued out of the UK. There have been many reports in this forum (TT) of foreigners that were denied entry to the DRC because they didn't get their visa in their home country. Most of those reports refered to borders in the East of the country but I recall a report of someone who was denied entry at Kinshasa airport (if my memory serves my right)...
Dec 5, 2012 6:43 PM
2This can be done in Brazzaville and you can expect all the pains of any bureaucracy anywhere. Persistance, patience and having all the correct forms and the money will eventually get you across the river to Kisnahsa. I will you luck in advance and I would not want to deal with this myself as I'm pretty thin skinned these days.
I speak through my experience in 2009. I am a US passport holder that already had a visa for DRC. A colleague with a Belgian/EU passport was able to secure a visitor visa for DRC while we were both together in Republic of Congo. She had over 5 days to secure it and she also had assistance in Brazzaville to get this done. Bon Chance,
Apr 29, 2013 3:17 AM
I traveled across Zambia with my Spanish passport back in September 2012 and got the VISA just paying $50 at the border.
With regards to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it's technically possible if you find a DRC Embassy/Consulate in another country. Having said that, it's true that at the border, the immigration officials may reject you access or ask you for money (bribe) to ignore your 'VISA problem' saying that your DRC VISA must be issued at the country of your residence (that's what happened to me when I entered in DRC with a DRC VISA obtained in Mozambique).
If you want to get more details about my travels in DRC, you can check http://egoizueta.blogspot.com/2012/12/visiting-democratic-republic-of-congo.html (English) or http://egoizueta.blogspot.com/2012/12/visitando-la-republica-democratica-del.html (Spanish).
I hope it helps
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