The official language is French. Lingala and Monokutuba are trade languages. Many regional dialects such as Sanga, Téké, Ubangi and Kikongo are also in use.
01/01/2022 New Year
03/08/2022 International Women’s Day
05/01/2022 Labor Day
06/10/2022 day of reconciliation
08/15/2022 National holiday
11/01/2022 all saints day
If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.
Duty free shopping
The following items can be imported duty-free into the Republic of the Congo (persons aged 18 and over): 200 cigarettes or a box of cigars or a box of tobacco; 1 bottle of alcoholic beverages; Perfume for personal use (opened bottle). When importing expensive items (cameras, watches) it is advised to take the invoice with you and fill out a customs declaration. A laptop should be declared as a necessary tool for the work.
Weapons may not be imported. More information is available from Countryaah.com.
Embassy of the Republic of the Congo
Rue Chabrey 8
+41 (0)22 731 88 21. Embassy of the Republic of the Congo
(Also responsible for Austria.)
Honorary consulates in Erbach, Hanover-Laatzen and Munich.
+49 (0)30 49 40 07 53.
Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of the Congo
(No visa issued.)
+43 (0)1 404 41 300
A suit and tie or suit is usually only customary when negotiating with government officials, but not at business meetings. Knowledge of French is required as translation and interpreting services are not available. Business trips are best scheduled for the months of January to March and June to September. Business hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Autodial Long Distance Service.
GSM 900. Network operator is CelTel Congo SA (Internet: www.cg.celtel.com/fr/index.html or www.msi-cellular.com) and Libertis Telecom. Mobile phones can be rented. Network coverage is limited to Brazzaville, Point Noire and the larger cities in the south and center of the country. Roaming agreements exist with Germany, Austria and Switzerland, among others.
According to Abbreviationfinder.org, main providers are CelTel Congo SA. Internet access is available in larger hotels.
The post office is rather unreliable. Post office opening hours: Mon-Fri 07.30/08.00-12.00 and 14.30-17.30; for sale of stamps and delivery of telegrams Mon-Sat 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sundays and public holidays 08.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.