Safety in Democratic Republic of Congo
Despite an end to the country’s civil war in 2003, safety and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo remain tenuous, especially in the eastern and southern border regions. Due to numerous safety concerns, many foreign governments, including the UK and US, advise their nationals to avoid or limit travel to a number of provinces, including North Kivu, South Kivu, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, Ituri, Tanganyika and Haut-Lomami.
Expats travelling to or living in the Democratic Republic of Congo should register their presence in the country with their embassy.
Crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Crime rates are high in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with both petty and violent crimes occurring frequently. Foreigners are often targeted, especially in the vicinity of hotels and crowded areas. It’s best to remain vigilant at all times, never go out on the streets alone and avoid travelling at night.
The eastern provinces are plagued by insecurity and crimes such as banditry, rape, kidnapping and robbery are frequent occurrences. Women and children are particularly vulnerable to these crimes, and despite the presence of Congolese security forces and peacekeeping troop, these crimes occur largely unchecked.
Protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Thanks to the country's tenuous political and economic situation, civil unrest is common and protests and political demonstrations take place often, especially in Kinshasa. These have a tendency to turn violent rather quickly and it’s best that expats avoid all large protest gatherings.
Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Despite an end to the country's civil war in 2003, insecurity remains a pressing issue in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Numerous armed groups continue to operate in the region, particularly in North Kivu, South Kivu, Bas-Uele, Haut Uele, Tanganyika and Haut-Lomami provinces. Despite concerted government and UN efforts, violence continues to plague the region.
Many foreign governments advise their nationals to avoid travel to the eastern provinces. Expats living in the Democratic Republic of Congo should monitor the situation in the east of the country carefully and should consult with their local embassy before travelling.