March 29/3/2017, U.S. Department of State warns its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the DRC.
The Department of State cited poor transportation infrastructure throughout the country and poor security conditions in eastern DRC making it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere outside of Kinshasa.
Citizens were advised should they visit, need to have evacuation plans that do not rely solely on U.S. government assistance.
This replaces the Travel Warning dated December 23, 2016.
Armed groups, bandits, and some elements of the Congolese armed forces operate in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, Ituri, Tanganyika, Haut-Lomami, and the Kasai region.
These armed groups have been known to kill, rape, kidnap, pillage, and carry out military or paramilitary operations in which civilians may be indiscriminately targeted.
Congolese military and United Nations forces continue to operate throughout North and South Kivu and near the DRC's borders with the Central African Republic and the Republic of South Sudan, particularly in and around Garamba National Park.
Travelers in the region may encounter troop movements, armored vehicles and attack helicopters.
Hijacking and Kidnapping for ransom is also common, particularly in areas north and west of Goma, North Kivu.