Congo information

Congo general info

What is the dialing code for Congo? What is Congo's currency? What time is it in Congo? These and other questions often occur when travelling to Congo for the first time. Below we've gathered the most frequently asked questions, and tried to answer them for our travellers.

Know before you go

As you plan your trip, and before you travel, we recommend that you check the latest Foreign Office advice on the places that you're going to - regardless of where you are travelling to, or how you are travelling. See FCO"s Congo advice here, or its info on other countries here.
We urge you to do this, as we recommend that all our travellers keep themselves up to date with the current foreign office advice on their destination countries.

Time in Congo

Congo is always two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2); it doesn't operate daylight saving time. As you might expect from an equatorial country with minimal differences between the seasons, there's no time difference between winter and summer months in Congo.

Currency in Congo

Central African Franc (CFA) is Congo's currency, and at the time of writing (January 2017) "1 = CFA 761 ; also see www.oanda.com for the latest rate.

Congo's International Dialling Code

The International Dialing Code for Congo is +242. Calling from Congo, you need to dial 00 and the relevant country code (e.g. +44 for the UK, or +1 for the USA).

Health in Congo

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Always check the latest recommendations with your doctor or clinic at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip, and perhaps see the Scottish NHS site for useful travel info on Congo.

Language in Congo

French is the official language of Congo and widely spoken, regional languages are Kituba and Lingala.

Visas for Congo

All visitors with British passports, need a visa when travelling to Congo. For more visa information, see the Congo Tourism Board site.

Weather and climate in Congo

The climate across the Congo is basically the same wherever you go, hot and humid, with only slight differences between the northern and southern regions of the country. From October to May the south of the Congo gets a bit less rain than the north, and it tends to have a shorter dry period in the middle of the year.
For more details, please see our separate weather and climate in Congo page.