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11 February 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo officially recognizes INTERPOL Travel Document

LYON, France – The Democratic Republic of Congo today became the latest country to officially recognize the INTERPOL Travel Document with the formal presentation of acceptance by a high-level delegation at the General Secretariat headquarters today.

Headed by the Director General of Migration, François Beya Kasonga (pictured right) and Central Director of the Border Police, Jacques Ikwa Ekila, the delegation officially handed over the agreement signed by the Vice Prime Minister to INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.

The recognition of both parts of the INTERPOL Travel Document means that holders of the INTERPOL e-passport and e-identification card travelling on official business can enter the Democratic Republic of Congo without a visa, thereby significantly speeding up the ability for INTERPOL officials to respond to any calls for assistance or support.

Nine other countries – Afghanistan, Brazil, Cameroon, Egypt, Pakistan, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore and Swaziland – have already officially recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document which was formally endorsed by INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Qatar in November 2010.