Friday, January 27, 2017

#Canadians travelling to #DRCongo need the following

I was invited to fly to Kinshasa for a meeting. I procrastinated but eventually decided to check out what I need to fly there. Everything seemed doable as I do need the vaccines too for going to Uganda.  Until I read about their bank statement, employment letter and the fees for the visa.

This is absolutely ridiculous.  Which Canadian can fly into DRC with their current turmoil and pay for it with such high visa fees?  Unless one is going there to loot their minerals.  I am shocked. 

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, New Brunswick Canada
Congolese visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign Democratic Republic of the Congo visa application, prepared by our system under your account.
Original, signed Canada passport. with at least 10 months of remaining validity.
Passport-type photographs: 3
Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or itinerary.
Yellow Fever Vaccination. A copy of the International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) for yellow fever. To learn more about the yellow fever vaccination or to locate a vaccination clinic, please visit Health Canada's yellow fever resource centre.
Bank Statement. Copy of a recent bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds.
Employment/Enrollment Letter. A letter from your employer on business letterhead, with contact details, describing your duties, and stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. For students, please submit an official letter from your school stating your course of study and indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit a personal letter explaining your employment history.
Hotel Reservations. Copy of confirmed hotel reservations.
Personal Invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host's status in Democratic Republic of the Congo ie. copy of their Democratic Republic of the Congo passport's information page, or, if they are not a citizen of Democratic Republic of the Congo, copies of their Democratic Republic of the Congo residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

Democratic Republic of the Congo tourist visa fees for citizens of Canada, residing in New Brunswick
Democratic Republic of the Congo Visa: Application, Requirements. Apply for Congolese Visas Online.

Eastern and northeastern areas of the DRC - Avoid all travel

Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel to the eastern and northeastern areas of the DRC, in particular the provinces of Maniema, North Kivu and South Kivu, Tanganika (previously the northeastern area of the former province of Katanga); Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele and Ituri (these three provinces are located in the northeastern part of the former province of Orientale); the points of entry to Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda; and areas bordering South Sudan (including the Garamba National Park) and Uganda. If you are currently in these areas, you should regularly review the situation to determine whether your continued presence in the area is warranted.
Travel Advice and Advisories for Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)

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