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DRC visa - embassy in Cotonou, Benin?

I'm in Cotonou now and have heard that there is an embassy for the DRC where I can get the visa easily - does anyone know the address? I'm having trouble locating it!

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Ok, I found it and have the visa already.
It was really easy and the lady was very friendly - fill in an application in duplicate with 2 photos. It's 50,000CFA for one month or 110,000CFA for three months single entry. Visa valid from date of entry. Visa received within 24 hours.

I don't know the exact address, but it's in the Haie Vive district near the airport. Take Piste Amalco from the Carrefour de Cadjehoun and you'll see a sign for the embassy down there on the right after about 500m.

Hope that may help someone in the future...
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Good work Helen appreciate that. Damn though 110,000CFA is alot for a 3 month visa. Ah well, Cest La Vie! Enjoy the journey down!
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I know!! I couldn't believe it - but there it was - typed out on official paper... I scraped together all the money I had - but only had 105,000CFA on me. The lady said that was ok, and just to bring the other 5,000 when I came to collect the passport with visa. Saved me a round trip to the bank!
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DRC Visa in Libreville, Gabon

Hi!

Another place to get the DRC visa easily is Libreville, capitol of Gabon. I received it also within 24 hours and the cost was CFA40,000 for 1 month (did not ask about a longer stay visa, sorry). Two passport photos and complete the form at the embassy. Submit before 15h00 and collect around 15h00 the following day.

There are lots of taxis all over the city that could take you there (sorry, I don't know the address and Google Maps doesn't show the street names). Note that in Libreville you stop a taxi, say where you'd like to go and how much you'd like to pay. If you offer too little, the taxi driver will simply drive off. Proposed fares are accepted/rejected depending on the time of day and what the driver expects congestion to be like at the specific time on the specific route.

Not even a hint of corruption at the embassy!

Note that on entry into the DRC you may be asked for a passport photograph to be stapled to the entry form. I was not asked for one on entry, but definitely on exit and they were happy with the one I (neatly) tore from the Intl Drivers License (the one for Nigeria, which I would not need again).

NB!!! I was quite amazed to find that at both the entry point from Cabinda and the exit point near Songololo (east of Matadi) they had a generator and scanner, complete with satellite internet connection - probably best not to take any chances with the dates on your DRC visa.

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