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Congo (Democratic Republic of the) information
About Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
DR Congo uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type D and Type E.
The languages that are typically spoken are French, Lingala, Kongo, Swahili and Luba-Katanga
DR Congo uses the Congolese franc (symbol: Fr), code CDF.Banknotes come in denominations of 20000, 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 francs and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 centimes. Franc is subdivided into 100 centimes. Coins come in denominations of null.
Automatic teller machines are rare in DR Congo. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in DR Congo is on average 1.0 Mbps. WiFi coverage in DR Congo is very low. It's quite hard to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 31,738.24 CDF, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 0 telecoms: . DR Congo uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in DR Congo upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call DR Congo, dial +, then 243 (the country code for DR Congo), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within DR Congo, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 12 .
Import and export information
Zika is a risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their doctor. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCZika Risk in Countries with Endemic Zika.
Dengue, chikungunya, African tick-bite fever and African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness) are diseases carried by insects that occur in Africa. For information on disease prevention, please visit the CDCInsect Protection Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high incidence rates of tuberculosis (TB). For further information, please visit the CDC Tuberculosis Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high HIV prevalence rates. For further information, please visit the CDC HIV Advice.