Passports and application now lodged with the DRC office in London.
Their visa office is literally a desk in a passage.
The visa forms and a copy of the passport get sent to Kinshasa for processing, but the passport stays in London. The person at the desk does not check your application, its up to you to make sure you have everything there.
One requirement is a copy of an air ticket. Since we are going overland, we don't have this, so we've lodged copies of our V5's and carnets. We have no idea if this is suitable.
The "express" service costs £95 each and payment needs to be in the DRC embassy's bank account, with proof of payment submitted with your application.
We have been told to pick up our passports on Wednesday 12th, I'll post an update after this.