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Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

Not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo is a smaller nation located on the western coast of central Africa. Rated as one of the best places for travel in 2015 by Lonely Planet and considered to be one of the best ecotourism destinations in Africa, the country offers amazing jungle experiences, where travellers can see lowland gorillas, elephants and many other rare species of wildlife.

The Republic of Congo is also known for its diverse ethnic culture and for being one of the most urbanized countries in Africa. Whether you want to visit the urban cities of Brazzaville or Pointe-Noire, or explore the uninhabited tropical jungle, it’s important to have travel insurance so that you can get travel assistance if you need it, no matter where you are located.

Travel advice for the Republic of Congo

All Canadians must present a valid passport to enter the country. Tourist, business, student and transit visas are required.

Crime and civil unrest are common, so you should take safety precautions at all times during your stay. Keep your passport and personal belongings safe and secure.

Taking photos of public buildings and military property is prohibited, and you must have an international driving permit if you plan to drive during your stay.

The currency in the Republic of Congo is the Central African CFA franc (XAF). The economy is cash-based, but credit cards are accepted at some hotels and restaurants in Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville. French is the official language, but Kituba and Lingala are also commonly spoken.

Best travel destinations and experiences in the Republic of Congo

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and Odzala-Kokoua National Park are two of the most beautiful forest reserves in the world and are two of the main draws in all of central Africa. Because most of the tropical jungle is uninhabited, you never know what you will experience on your jungle adventure.

Other great places to check out during your stay include Conkouati-Douli National Park, a coastal park with marine animals and rare plants; Léfini Reserve, perhaps the best reserve in the country and the best spot for safaris; and the Lésio-Louna Gorilla Reserve, dedicated to the protection and preservation of gorillas in the Republic of Congo.

Get comprehensive travel insurance for the Republic of Congo

When you travel to the Republic of Congo or any other country in Africa, it’s important to have dependable travel insurance coverage you can rely on. Our travel insurance solutions meet the needs of all travellers and include emergency medical care and assistance. No matter what your needs are, we have a travel insurance solution to fit your travel plans and your budget. Contact us anytime with questions or get a free travel insurance quote online.

General Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 4,337,051 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 342 9,984,670
Capital: Brazzaville
Currency: CFA franc
Official language(s): French
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 0.92 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.15 1.23 (2013)

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