Health & insurance
Before You Go
All visitors to Congo 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 carry it whenever you're travelling, and to keep a copy in case of loss. Congo 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 valid in Republic of Congo.
In Republic of Congo
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
There are modern, private health care clinics and hospitals in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. If you become seriously ill anywhere in Congo, 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 Congo.
It is not safe to drink tap water in Congo. Always drink bottled water (and check the seal is not broken) or the boiled water that some hotels will leave in your room.