Without an official permission, which costs US$60 at the time of writing, photography is legally prohibited. Even with this authorization, photography is problematic, since Congolese people get enraged when they are shot without permission or when a kid is photographed. These conflicts may be easily avoided by excessively apologizing and refusing to engage in the debate. A little bribe may be required to “oil the wheels” on occasion.
Under no circumstances may you photograph government facilities or buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, police stations, presidential mansions, border checkpoints, and any location inside the airport. If you are detected and are unable to pay the police, you will be held by them.
All vehicle traffic is required to give a clear way while motorcades pass. These processions should not be photographed.
The national flag is hoisted and lowered at dawn and dusk (about 06:00 and 18:00 everyday). All vehicles and pedestrians are forced to halt for the event, and any who do not are reportedly arrested by security officers.