February 8, 2023

Citing “crime, civil unrest and Ebola”, Trump admin warns U.S. citizens against traveling to DRC


Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime, civil unrest, and Ebola. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do Not Travel To:

  • North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri provinces due to Ebola
  • North Kivu and Ituri provinces due to terrorism.
  • The eastern DRC region and the three Kasai provinces (Kasai, Kasai-Oriental, Kasai-Central) due to crimecivil unrestarmed conflict and kidnapping.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, and assault, is common and local police lack resources to respond effectively to serious crime.  Assailants may pose as police or security agents. 

Demonstrations are common in many cities and some have turned violent.  Police have at times responded with heavy-handed tactics that resulted in civilian casualties and arrests.

There is an outbreak of the Ebola virus in eastern DRC, which may affect other areas in the country.   The CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for Ebola in the DRC.

The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens outside of Kinshasa due to poor infrastructure and security conditions.

Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information Page.

If you decide to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri Provinces: Level 4—Do Not Travel

Eastern DRC is experiencing an Ebola virus outbreak, with confirmed and probable cases reported in Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu provinces.  The CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for Ebola in the DRC.

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in North and South Kivu and Ituri provinces as U.S. government travel to these areas is restricted.


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