Expat guide to Congo Brazzaville

Congo Brazzaville

Congo Brazzaville

The Republic of Congo, also known as Congo Brazzaville, is very distinct from its eastern neighbor. It is an urban country, with modern infrastructure and establishments; drawing attention from expats around the world. Here is some useful information to help you prepare for your trip.


Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Congo Brazzaville and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

Lycée français Saint-Exupéry de Brazzaville

Established in 1971 the French school is located in the southern part of the city of Brazzaville along the Bakongo district. A kindergarten "Eaglets" built in 1986 on a plot of the Embassy of France in the city center and partially destroyed during the war of 1997 was not reopened and this level is currently hosted on the main site Bakongo. In 1994 the establishment has counted nearly 900 pupils taught by 60 teachers.

Curriculum: French

Address: BP 31, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Tel: +242 281 21 10

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.lycee-saintexbrazza.org

International School Pointe Noire (ISPN)

As of September 2011, it has been located in the Tchikobo area of Pointe Noire in a new, three-story facility. It has three classrooms for Prek/K, G1/2, and G3-6 each with a maximum student capacity of fourteen.

Curriculum: French, Congolese

Address: Lotissement Tchikobo / BP 4453, Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo

Tel: +242 748 7700

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ispnprek6.com



Lycée Français Charlemagne

Curriculum: French

Address: BP 1256, Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo

Website: www.lycee-charlemagne.org

Local News in English

AllAfrica.com Congo-Brazzaville

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons

Website: www.allafrica.com

Country Information 

Location: Africa

Capital City: Brazaville

Other Important Cities: CFA Franc (XAF)


Language: French

Calling Code: +242

Internet TLD: .cg

Electricity: The country runs on 230V Hz.

Emergency Numbers:
  • Police: 112          

Congo Brazzaville mainly uses hydro power to generate electricity. The Société Nationale d'Electricité (SNE) is the state-owned, sole generator and supplier for the entire country.

Address:  Bld. Denis Sassou Nguesso Downtown, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Website (French): www.sne.cg

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Visitors from a few countries may enter and stay for a limited period. These include countries in the Africa, Asia, Americas and Oceana. Other countries must apply for a visa at Congo Brazzaville’s embassy or consulate in their home or host country. There are different types of visas available for expats: tourist, business and diplomatic.

Documents Required
  • Two fully completed visa application forms
  • Submit two copies of the visa application form. Print, fill out completely and sign.
  • Two passport color photographs
  • Photos must be 2inches×2inches (51 *51 mm in size), colored, have a white background, and show a full front view of the face. These photos must have been taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.
  • A valid passport, at least 6 months
  • An invitation letter or hotel reservation (For the tourist visa): A typewritten and notarized invitation letter stating the nature of the trip, the name and address of a reference to be visited in the Republic of Congo. The invitation letter must be addressed to the Embassy of the Republic of Congo, Visa section.
  • A business letter (For the business visa): A typewritten business letter on company letterhead stating the nature of business to be performed, the name and address of a reference to be contacted in the Republic of Congo. The invitation letter must be addressed to the Embassy of the Republic of Congo, Visa section. No business visa will be granted without an official business letter.
  • Copy of airline tickets or itinerary showing arrival and departure dates in the Republic of Congo.
  • A prepaid envelope
  • Visa Fees

For more details on visa applications to Congo Brazzaville please visit their embassy in the US site: www.ambacongo-us.org

Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is also required.


The capital, Brazzaville is the center of commerce and has a number of mid to high range hotels and serviced apartments. Pointe-Noire and Loubomo also has some mid-range hotels.  

The standard of living in Congo Brazzaville is quite high and accommodation is pricey. It’s also quite difficult to find a villa as real estate is rented by word of mouth mostly. However there are companies that have real estate services that can help out.


Address: 1 avenue Foch, a cote de la Mandarine, Cenre-ville

Tel: +242 06 663 7070

Gestrim Ocean

Address: Losange Ouest, Pointe-Noire, Congo (Republic)

Tel: +242 05 523 2272


Website: www.mondinion.com

Driving License

Most expats in Congo Brazzaville drive and it is recommended to get a four wheel drive due to the road conditions in the country. It is unsafe to drive everywhere, especially at night. Make sure that you are familiar with the area before you go off on your own. Cars are expensive in the Congo, however the expat package should have a car allowance or a company car. Expats should have an International Driving Permit in order to drive in this region. 


Medical facilities in the country are very limited; medical evacuation is necessary for more complicated treatments. It is highly recommended to secure a comprehensive health/medical evacuation insurance, as these costs are relatively high.


Insurance Companies

Ascoma Congo

Ascoma offers insurance solutions for you and your family as well as your properties and investments, quietly assisting you to understand all the financial consequences related to accidents, injury and claims by making everyday risks more secure.

Address: 389, boulevard Charles de Gaulle, BP 681, Pointe Noire 7552, Congo

Tel: +242 05 530 13 14

Email: [email protected]


Cigna Global Health Options

Cigna provides international insurance coverage for expats. International medical evacuation is also available in cases where emergency treatment must be sought outside of the host country.

Website: www.cignaglobal.com



Brazzaville Hospital (CHU)

Address: Bvd Marechal Lyautey, Brazzaville, Congo

Tel: +242 522 0008


Cabinet Medical Cogemo

Address: B.P. 13104 Centreville, Brazzaville, Congo

Tel: +242 81 38 67

Fax: +242 81 00 17


Netcare Congo Clinic – Brazzaville

Address: Avenue du Marechal Lyautey, Brazzaville, Congo

Tel: +242 661 5253


Securex Hospital

Address: Av. Amilcar Cabral, Brazzaville, Congo

Tel: +242 81 3872


Hospital de Loandjili

Address: Rond Point de Loandjili, Pointe-Noire, Congo

Tel: +242 94 5595