Democratic Republic of Congo

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

Franc Congolais (FC) = 1,000 centimes. Owing to the precarious nature of the economy the denominations of the currency are subject to rapid change.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Democratic Republic of Congo , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Offices: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 3pm, Saturday 7:30am to 12pm.
Banks: Monday through Friday, 8am to 11:30pm.
Government: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 3pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.
Retail: Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm.



Transportation

Road
Traffic drives on the right. Owing to poor maintenance, the roads are among the worst in Africa and only achieve a fair standard around the main towns. It is wise to check that bridges are safe before crossing. Vehicle thefts, including hijackings at gunpoint, occur. Bus: Services run between the main towns but are crowded and unreliable. Taxi: Available in Kinshasa but unreliable. Car hire: Available on a limited basis at the airport. Documentation: International Driving Permit required.



Rail
The main internal railway runs from Lubumbashi to Ilébo, with a branch to Kalemie and Kindu, and from Kinshasa to the port of Matadi. Rail services are generally subject to disruption. There is no air-conditioning, but there are couchettes and dining cars on the principal trains.

Air
There are connections from N'Djili Airport (Kinshasa) to over 40 internal airports and 150 landing strips. Small planes may be available for charter.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .cd



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Ja / Oui
No = Nein / Non
Thank you = Dank u / Merci
Hello = Hallo, goedendag / Bonjour
Good morning = Goede morgen / Bonjour
Goodbye = Tot ziens / Au revoir, Adieu
I do not understand = Ik begrijp het niet / Je ne comprends pas
How much does this cost? = Hoeveel kost dat ? / Quel est le prix? Combien ça coûte?
I would like to buy... = Ik zou willen . kopen / Je voudrais acheter...
Do you accept credit cards? = Accepteert u creditcards? / Acceptez-vous les cartes de crédit?
Where is...? = Waar is...? / Où est...?
Airport = Een luchthaven / un aéroport
Train station = Een station / La gare
Post office = Het postkantoor / La Poste
Bank = De bank / La banque
Police station = Het politiebureau / Le poste de police, la gendarmerie
Pharmacy, Chemists = De apotheek / La pharmacie
One ticket to, please = Een kaartje naar . alstublieft / Un billet pour..., s'il vous plaît
Are there any vacancies for tonight? = Hebt u nog kamers vrij voor vanavond ? / Avez-vous des chambres disponibles pour ce soir?

 


Languages spoken


Last modified in January 2006
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