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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying at the Washington DC Office

Please be advised The Democratic Republic of the Congo embassy in Washington DC or consulate in New York must now receive approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa prior to visa issuance, this approval process can extend the processing time beyond the 10 business days required by the Embassy in Washington DC or the Consulate in New York to grant a visa.

Both the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Washington DC and the DRC Consulate in New York have annouced these new visa processing times.

All visa types (except Business USAID / NGO, 2-4 Business Days) in both Washington DC and New York will now require at least 10 + business days, previously DRC visas could be issued in as little as 1-2 days, this is no longer the case the Embassy has informed traveldocs that they cannot process any visas in less than 10 business days with most visas taking between 10 & 20 business days.

Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least TWO blank side by side blank visa pages. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If you do not have TWO blank side by side visa pages in your passport, TDS can assist you in applying for additional pages. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.


Please send 1 recent professional passport-type photograph.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
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Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.



Vaccinations - International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required. Cholera vaccination is recommended but is not required.


A business letter of responsibility (sample) is required (two copies), to be typewritten on your company letterhead and addressed to:
Embassy of Democratic Republic of Congo, Visa Section, Washington DC
The letter must explain all of the following:
Nature of business to be performed
Name and address of reference to be visited
This letter should request Multiple Entries visa if required
Guarantee of return transportation and sufficient funds for the visit
The letter should be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant.



A Letter of Invitation is required from the company or partners to be visited in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The letter must be on company letterhead and signed by a representative of the company, and should include the applicant's name and the name, address, dates of planned visit, description of purpose of journey to DRC and telephone number for a contact person at the overseas company.

This letter must be notarized at the City Hall in the DRC and legalized by the Direction Generale des Migrations (DMG) the declaration of liability or "engagement de prise en charge" issued by the Direction Generale des Migrations (DGM) is now required to apply for a visa, except if you are being invited to DRC by a government office in which case an invite from that office will be accepted. 

A fax or email copy is accepted by the Embassy.


Dem Rep of Congo Visa Application Form

Please Send One Completed and Signed Application Form.


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The D.R. Congo business visa is usually valid for 1-6 months from the date issued, for a stay of 1-6 months as specified.
Passports must have at least six months remaining validity and contain at least two side by side blank visa pages for a visa to be issued. TDS can assist with obtaining U.S Passports, whether new issue, renewal. 

Your application will be hand carried to the Embassy of DRC and is usually processed in 10 + business days.


Shipping Instructions

Please forward a printed copy of your order confirmation and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
1625 K St. NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20006

Local Phone Number: 202-638-3800

Urgent applications should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

Once your order is complete, your Passport with the visa sticker/stamp will be returned to you via FedEx Overnight.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $32.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $33.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
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Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
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