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16 Aug 2020 | 05:18 AM UTC

DRC: Authorities reopen borders August 15 /update 20

DR Congo News Alert

Authorities reopen borders on August 15; confirm travel itineraries, follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION DRC

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Authorities reopened the country's borders, ports and airports, on Saturday, August 15, following four months of closure amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Domestic links into the country have also been authorized and inter-provincial movements are permitted. Travelers will reportedly be expected to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken no more than 72 hours prior, for entry and exit and may be required for domestic travelers also. Additional screening measures will also be implemented upon arrival.

Authorities also announced that stadiums, performance halls, and places of worship are permitted to reopen from Saturday. Authorities ended the national state of emergency on July 22. Shops, pubs, restaurants, and banks reopened as economic activities in the country resumed. Educational institutions and universities were permitted to reopen from August 3. Restrictions imposed on social gatherings, public transport, events, and meetings have been lifted. It remains compulsory for individuals in public spaces to wear face masks, and social distancing must continue to be observed. Individuals found to be violating the measures will be subject to a fine.

As of Sunday, August 16, there have been 9638 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 239 associated fatalities in the country. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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