The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to eastern and north eastern DRC, including Goma. The only exception to this is the town of Bukavu, to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of the DRC.

Any British nationals in North Kivu, including Goma against FCO advice should keep their security situation under review. During fighting in the region in recent months, shells landed on Goma causing civilian deaths and injuries. There was also shelling around the border with Rwanda and explosions in the town of Gisenyi on the Rwandan side of the border. You should avoid travelling around alone and at night.

The security situation in eastern DRC, including Goma, remains unstable. While British staff visit Goma when the security situation allows, there are not always British staff in the area, and our ability to offer consular assistance is therefore severely limited. See Local travel

There were shooting incidents in Kinshasa on 30 December 2013 around the national TV and radio station RTNC, the airport and the main army barracks and Ministry of Defence at Ngaliema. There were also reports of fighting in Lubumbashi, Katanga Province and in Kindu, Maniema Province. The situation in Kinshasa now appears to be returning to normal but it remains fragile and the security forces are likely to remain on alert.

In Katanga Province there was unrest and reports of fighting on 7 January 2014. The situation remains tense across the province, particularly around the town of Pweto. You are therefore advised to exercise caution.

The airport in Kinshasa is operational again and airlines say that incoming flights have resumed. Check with your airline before travelling.

The lack of infrastructure throughout the country and continued insecurity in eastern DRC may prevent the British Embassy in Kinshasa from being able to extend normal levels of consular assistance to British nationals anywhere in DRC other than Kinshasa.

Street crime and robbery, including by individuals posing as plain clothes police, is common. Beware of gangs promising you cut price gold and diamonds. International non-governmental organisations in Kinshasa and Goma have been targeted. See Crime

Keep a low profile and avoid any large crowds and demonstrations. Stay alert to local political developments. See Political situation

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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