Are you travelling to the Congo soon? This travel advice provides you with information about the climate, places of interest and health risks in the Congo. It is important to know that vaccinations are recommended. In most cases these are not mandatory, unless you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Which precise vaccinations you require for your trip to the Congo is dependant on the duration of your stay in this beautiful country in the heart of Africa.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo – also known as Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo – is a vast country in central Africa that is bordered by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola and other countries. The climate in the Congo is affected by the varied landscapes. In the east and south are plateaus and mountains and in the west you’ll find the lower situated Congo Basin. This allows for various tropical and savannah climates. The best time to travel to the Congo is very much dependant on where you want to go since the seasons are exactly reversed on each side of the equator. The Congo has all the ingredients for an adventurous trip: spectacular rivers, waterfalls and mountains, and a wide variety of wildlife. Also, Kinshasa – one of the largest cities in Africa – with its many markets and bustling nightlife is a definite must-see.
Regardless of your travel plans for the Congo, always take into account the risk of diseases and mosquito bites. Malaria occurs in DR Congo. Our skilled KLM Health Services nurses can tell you exactly which vaccinations you require and provide advice on additional measures you can take to minimise health risk during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.
Congo vaccinations: the most common risks
In the Congo, various (tropical) diseases occur to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in DR Congo and read which specific vaccinations you require.