Getting a Tourist Visa


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Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), the Congolese wildlife authority, has an agreement with Direction Générale de Migration (DGM), the Congolese immigration service, to facilitate obtaining 2-week, single entry tourist visas for people visiting Virunga National Park. The cost of the visa is USD $105.

To qualify for a tourist visa, you must first purchase a mountain gorilla trek permit, a Nyiragongo trek permit, or book and pay for accommodation at the Mikeno Lodge.

Treks or accommodation linked with the purchase of a tourist visa through Virunga National Park are non-refundable.

Once you have a booking and have received confirmation of your payment, you will also receive an order number. Please proceed to the online visa application, enter your order number at the top of the form, fill in the remaining fields, and click submit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Virunga National Park only acts as a facilitator in the visa process. Full authority rests with the DRC’s Department of Immigration (DGM) in Kinshasa. DGM rarely issues actual electronic versions of visa approvals, therefore, every visitor must arrive at the border (Grande Barrière) with a print-out of their trek/accommodation and visa order confirmations. Virunga’s tourism team will verify that all paid-in-full applicants are on the list of approved visas at the border in Goma. You do not need an actual copy of your visa if you have your order confirmations in hand when you arrive at the border.

You can also arrange your tourism visa through a registered tour operator. Click to view our list of trusted tour operators.

Tourist Visa in Review:

  1. Only available online through or via a trusted tour operator
  2. Only valid in combination with a paid-in-full park permit or accommodation
  4. Single entry and valid for 14 days from day of entry
  5. Bring printed copy of trek/accommodation and visa order confirmations with you.
  6. Yellow Fever vaccination may be required for access into the country
  7. The Directorate of Immigration (DGM) reserves the right to reject a visa application
  8. Please cross into Goma at the “Grand Barrière” NOT at the “Petite Barrière”

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