Health & insurance
Before You Go
All visitors to DRC are required to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival. This may also be asked for during domestic travel, so it's important to have it with you whenever you're travelling, and to keep a copy somewhere in case of loss. DRC is also highly malarial, so it's a good idea for travellers to use a prophylaxis for the duration of their trip. Other recommended vaccinations include typhoid and hepatitis A, as well as routine vaccinations such as polio, diphtheria and tetanus.
It's vital to have comprehensive medical travel insurance that is valid in DRC.
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
There are modern, private health-care clinics and hospitals in Kinshasa and Goma. If you become seriously ill anywhere in DRC, head immediately to either city for treatment. Prices are unsurprisingly high in these establishments, so it's essential you have full medical insurance that is valid in the DRC.
It is not safe to drink tap water in DRC. Always drink bottled water (and check the seal on the cap is not broken) or the boiled water that some hotels will leave in your room.