DRC: ‘Avoid all travel’

Travellers to the Democratic Republic of Congo have been warned against all but essential travel to most parts of the country as well as “all travel to select regions of the country” due to political instability following national elections.

According to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advisory: “The political and security situation for previous electoral cycles has seen sporadic bouts of unrest and violence.”

FCO warns that in the event of violence, flights may be affected and borders closed, making it difficult to leave the country. Both the UK and US embassies have withdrawn all non-essential staff members.

A number of warnings have been issued for travellers to avoid all travel to the eastern and northeastern regions of the country, amid violence targeted at civilians. This includes North and South Kivu, Tanganyika and Kananga.

Voting took place on December 30, with final results expected in mid-January.