Democratic Republic of the Congo

Capital Kinshasa

Population 85,026,000

Area 2,344,858 km2

Key facts

Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country located in Middle Africa. There are 9 countries (Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) that Democratic Republic of the Congo shares its borders with. As for languages, the country's residents speak French, Lingala, Kongo, Swahili and Luba-Katanga. Traveling across Democratic Republic of the Congo if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Democratic Republic of the Congo was ranked 110th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Democratic Republic of the Congo is Congolese franc (CDF).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 2007.67 CDF and 1 USD is worth 2044 CDF.

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Democratic Republic of the Congo is 24.39 Mbps and mobile is 23.43 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Democratic Republic of the Congo.1.40 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration No data available.

Socket types

There are 3 socket types used in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type D 220 V, 50 Hz  Type E 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Democratic Republic of the Congo?

There are no Mariott hotels in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There are no IHG hotels in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There are no Best Western hotels in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There are no Radisson hotels in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

What fast food chains are present in Democratic Republic of the Congo?

If you are not a fan of trying new dishes, have a look at the following list of fast-food chains in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The KFC chain does not operate in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Subway chain does not operate in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Weather

Today the sun in Kinshasa, rises at 5:41 AM and sets at 5:53 PM. The climate of Kinshasa may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5ThunderstormLow: 21.1°C (69.98°F)High: 29.4°C (84.92°F)
ThursdayOct 6OvercastLow: 21.1°C (69.98°F)High: 29.7°C (85.46°F)
FridayOct 7ThunderstormLow: 20.7°C (69.26°F)High: 27.5°C (81.5°F)
SaturdayOct 8ThunderstormLow: 20.4°C (68.72°F)High: 27.9°C (82.22°F)
SundayOct 9ThunderstormLow: 20.7°C (69.26°F)High: 28.5°C (83.3°F)
MondayOct 10OvercastLow: 21.5°C (70.7°F)High: 29.6°C (85.28°F)

Weather data for Kinshasa (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Car Rental Avis is available, but Sixt , Hertz are not present in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.8, Democratic Republic of the Congo is placed 99th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side No data available.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 34.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  No data available.

Emergency phones in Democratic Republic of the Congo

112 Police
118 Ambulance
118 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality No data available.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Currently, citizens of 7 countries can enter Democratic Republic of the Congo without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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