Please note that the Canadian Government advises against all non-essential travel to the DRC, and all travel to eastern and northeastern areas including Maniema, North Kivu, South Kivue, Tanganika, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele and Ituri.

From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)

Recent Updates: The Safety and security tab was updated – general strike in Goma.

Advisory Text: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories)

Demonstrations related to the electoral process are occurring with increased frequency in Kinshasa and in other large cities. They have been repressed violently by security forces. These demonstrations can be organised very suddenly and can result in acts of violence and attacks, including against international targets. On September 19 and 20, 2016, large-scale demonstrations resulted in violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Kinshasa and elsewhere in the country, which resulted in casualties. During large-scale demonstrations, the sole road to the N’Djili Airport in Kinshasa can be blocked and flight schedules can be disrupted. A general strike or “ville morte” is planned for October 26-27, 2016, in Goma. In the current context, December 19, 2016, (date of the handover of power according to the Congolese Constitution) is a particularly sensitive date and will likely trigger large-scale demonstrations that could lead to violent clashes. If you choose to remain in DRC despite the advisory in effect, ensure that your travel documents are up-to-date and that you have several days’ worth of water and food supplies. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, and monitor local media. Register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive important messages from the embassy of Canada. In the event of violent unrest, the Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa could operate at reduced capacity or close without notice.

The situation in the eastern part of the country—including Maniema, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika provinces and the new provinces of Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele and Ituri—remains challenging given the continued presence of armed groups and their regular clashes with the Congolese armed forces (FARCD), whether or not they are backed by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The DRC government’s ability to impose order throughout the territory is very limited and crime is endemic.

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from Country Advice and Advisories updated in the last 24 hours, which can be found at: http://ift.tt/1mtCTvt

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