VENUE, TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

Brazzaville hotel

Admire the Congo River from the central Brazzaville hotel.

The Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel offers a prime location on the banks of the famous Congo River in Brazzaville’s central business district. As the capital of the Republic of Congo, Brazzaville hosts hundreds of business visitors who can choose from our 178 guest rooms, including Presidential Suites and the Penthouse apartment.

Enjoy easy access to Maya Maya International Airport, as well as the ferry that links to Kinshasa, from our convenient city centre hotel.

Several on-site dining options to keep you fueled on the go, whether you’re looking for a satisfying meal or simply a refreshing drink from the juice bar. Ideal for family trips as well as business travellers, the M’Bamou Palace Hotel has a children’s pool in the wellness centre to entertain younger guests, while you enjoy the sauna and fitness facilities.

You’ll also find shops, a nightclub, a beauty salon and marina on-site. With over 2,600 square meters of meeting space, we can also help you host a successful social or business event in one of our 8 innovative function rooms.

TRAVEL

How do I get to Brazzaville? 

Brazzaville is served by quite a variety of international airlines including: Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa (Point-Noire), Turkish Airlines and Kenyan Airlines. Regional airlines include Senegal Airlines, EC Air, Transair Congo, Air Ivoire, Asky Airlines, RwandAir, TAAG and Cameroon Airlines

Your arrival at Brazzaville Maya-Maya Airport

As a participant in ALC 2020 airport pick up on arrival and drop off on your return journey is included in your delegate package. However in order for us to do this, please can you inform us of your arrival / departure time and flight numbers. Forms to be filled in will be sent to you before your arrival in the Republic of Congo, to let us now your schedule.

Please also inform us of where you are staying so that we can take you to your hotel directly. If we do not receive this information then we cannot guarantee your collection at the airport.

We strongly recommend for security purposes that you are collected by the organisers at the airport, unless you have already arranged somewhere to collect you at the airport and individual transport. In any case ALC conference representatives will be in permanence at the airport to assist all participants.

Shuttle bus service

We will be providing a shuttle bus service during the event to take you to the International Conference Center de Kintele, Brazzaville and any other activities that are connected with the event. Please check your hotel for the latest timetable information when you arrive.

What should I bring with me to Brazzaville?

  • A yellow fever certificate – this is mandatory and you may be asked for this on arrival
  • A photocopy of your passport – as it is always advisory to carry your ID with you
  • Insurance – you are responsible for arranging your own travel cover
  • Credit card – Visa, American Express and Master Card are accepted at the main hotels and some restaurants. However do not always rely on this and it is better to carry some funds in cash.
  • Medical Kit – always a good option just in case
  • Malaria tablets and mosquito spray – you are in a malarial zone
  • Your mobile phone – you can buy a local SIM for less than $10

Language

French is the official language, but Lingala and Munukutuba are the two major local languages

Customs

Do not take photographs of uniformed officials or any military equipment and installations; in general be discreet when taking photographs in public places.

Health

Yellow fever vaccination is a requirement for entry for everyone over one year, and vaccinations against cholera, meningitis, typhoid and polio are highly recommended.

Water

Do not drink from the tap. Bottled water is readily available.

Currency

The Central African CFA franc (French: franc CFA or simply franc is the currency of the Republic of the Congo. U.S. dollars and euros are easily exchanged providing that the notes are in good condition.
The current exchange rates are: 1USD = 450 CFA and 1 EURO = 655 CFA

Communications

The international dialling code for Congo is +242 and the outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0033 for France). International direct dialling is available. Domestic telephone connections are unreliable. There are GSM 900 and 1800 networks.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types in use are round two-pin attachment plugs

Time

GMT +1

VISAS

Visa is required for all except Namibian nationals.

Ordinary Business Visa ( if applying 30 days before travel date) – Recommended!

This visa is granted for the purpose of business visits, meetings, conferences, etc.

The visa must be used within 60 days of being granted and entitles the bearer to stay for 30 days, which can be extended twice for further thirty day periods. An ordinary business visa does not entitle the bearer to establish residence in the country or to engage in any remunerated activity.

Fee: varies from different embassies (find your nearest embassy)

Short Term Visa (if applying the week before travel)

  • This visa is granted for for meetings and conferences
  • The short stay visa does not allow the holder to establish a residence in the country, or engaging in any gainful activity.
  • The visa must be used within three (3) days after its issuance and allows the visitor to stay in Angolan territory for up to seven (7) days. It can be extended for a further seven (7) days at SME in Angola.
  • Applicants are advised that possessing a airfare ticket does NOT entitle the granting of the visa.