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Congo: Authorities tighten COVID-19 travel restrictions from Nov. 1; state of health emergency extended until Oct. 15 /update 31

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Authorities have announced an extension of the country’s state of health emergency measures until at least Oct. 15 as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Additional measures will also be implemented from Nov. 1.

International Travel

  • International travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. Persons arriving with a negative test will still be subject to a 14-day self-isolation period at their residence or hotel. Self-isolation is also required for travelers in transit.

  • From Nov. 1, incoming travelers will have to undertake a PCR test upon arrival at airports and ports at their own expense.

  • Land and river borders remain closed.

Domestic Restrictions:

  • From Nov. 1, persons traveling by air, road, rail, or waterways between cities will have to present a vaccination certificate.

  • Likewise, public servants will have to present a vaccination certificate to access offices.

  • Gatherings of more than three people in public and private spaces remain prohibited during the state of health emergency.

  • Marketplaces may open five days per week in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.

  • In Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, a curfew is in effect 23:00-05:00 Monday to Friday and 20:00-05:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. There is no curfew in the rest of the country.

  • Restaurants and bars have reopened, but measures must be taken to accommodate customers in outside areas if possible. Nightclubs remain closed until further notice.

  • The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in public spaces.

  • Sports events have been allowed to resume, with a limit capacity of 50 attendees.

  • Security personnel have increased screening measures, which will be conducted throughout the country’s entry and exit points.

Additional amendments to restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are possible in the coming weeks.

Advice

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements and ensure that all pre-arrival tests are conducted.

Resources

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Republic of Congo Government Portal

Republic of Congo Ministry of Public Health

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