Democratic Republic of the Congo Shopping

Democratic Republic of the Congo Shopping, Embassy and Communication




The official language is French, as well as four national languages: Chiluba, Kikongo, Lingala (commercial language) and Kingwana (a Kiswahili dialect). Other languages ​​spoken include Luvena, Chokwe, Gbaya and Kituba (over 400 languages ​​in total).

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

01/04/2022 Commemoration for the Martyrs of Independence

01/17/2022 Folk Heroes Day

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/17/2022 Liberation Day

06/30/2022 Independence Day

01.08.2022 Parents Day

11/17/2022 Memorial day in honor of the military

12/25/2022 Christmas


Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into the Democratic Republic of the Congo: 100 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco; 1 bottle of alcoholic beverages; perfume for personal use; 1 camera when running again.

Import Restrictions

Radios, CD/MP3 players and gifts are subject to duty. More information is available from

Import regulations

An import permit is required for firearms or ammunition.

Prohibited Imports

satellite phones, GPS receivers and military clothing.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sulgenheimweg 21, PO Box 2235
+41 (0)31 371 35 38.

Mon-Fri 10am-3pm.

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

(Also responsible for Austria.)
Honorary Consulate General without a visa in Bremen. Honorary Consulate in Dusseldorf.

Ulmenallee 42a
+49 (0)30 30 11 12 98, +49 (0)30 30 11 12 96, +49 (0)30 30 11 12 85, +49 (0)30 30 11 16 85, +49 (0)30 30 11 16 93.

Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm.

Honorary Consulate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

(With visa issue.)

Ignaz Köck Strasse 8
+43 (0)1 21 16 61 06 30.

Appointments by telephone agreement.



Autodial Long Distance Service. The internal telephone network is limited to the larger cities and is often unreliable.

Mobile phone

GSM 900/1800. Mobile network in Greater Kinshasa. Main providers: Congo GSM (Internet:, Celtel Congo (Internet: or, CELLCO, SAIT Telecom, Supercell Sprl, Vodacom Congo and Intercel Congo. There are roaming agreements with numerous international providers, including German providers. Cell phones can be rented from local telephone companies. Those who use mobile phones in public run the risk of becoming victims of robberies.


According to, there are internet cafes in Kinshasa. Internet/email access is often hampered by power outages.

Post office

Airmail to Europe takes 4-18 days, often longer. Post office opening hours: Mon-Sat 08.00-18.00.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Shopping