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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying for a Congo (Democratic Republic - Kinshasa) Tourist visa in New York

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 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.
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.



A copy of the applicant's recent bank statement or evidence of adequate finance, such as a letter from a bank, or money market statement. It is advisable to erase account numbers.



A Letter of Invitation from a tourist agency or private host in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This letter must be notarized at City Hall in the DRC and either be legalized by the DRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs or submitted with a formal declaration of liability "engagement de prise en charge" issued by the Direction Generale des Migrations (DGM)

If the tourist is not using either a tourist agency or private host then they need to provide a letter stating the purpose of the trip, the site the tourist plans to visit and the duration of the trip. This letter should be notarized by local authorities in the U.S. and be submitted with a declaration of liability "engagement de prise en charge" issued by the Generale des Migrations (DGM).


A letter from the applicants employer verifying employment is required.



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



Dem Rep of Congo Visa Application Form

Please Send Two Completed and Signed Application Forms.


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The D.R. Congo tourist or 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 for a Congo (Democratic Republic - Kinshasa) Tourist visa for US Citizens and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
415 Madison Avenue
Suite 1414
New York, NY 10017

Local Phone Number: 212-647-1122

Urgent applications for a Congo (Democratic Republic - Kinshasa) Tourist visa 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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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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