Cameroon Practical Information

Passport
European nationals wishing to stay less than 30 days in Cameroon must apply for a tourist visa before their departure to the Cameroonian representation closest to their place of residence. In particular, travelers must have a passport valid 6 months after the planned return date, a return ticket and proof of place of stay. For any stay longer than 30 days or for professional purposes, a request for a temporary visa (valid up to 3 months) or a long-stay visa (valid for 3 to 6 months) must be made to the Cameroonian representation closest to his place of residence.
Visa applications are generally processed within 72 working hours from the date of submission of the file.

For other nationalities or for more information on how to obtain visas and the documents to provide, please contact the Cameroonian representation closest to your place of residence.

Health

Vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory to enter Cameroonian territory.

Note that in this period of COVID-19, it is required to have a negative test valid for 72 hours at most upon arrival at the airports of Yaoundé or Douala.
Moreover, the international vaccination certificate may be requested upon your arrival at the airport.
Following the global pandemic, Covid measures and tests can be applied from your country of origin and in your country of destination. Please consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Driving License
Local and international and CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) driving licenses are allowed. However, it is highly recommended to travel with a local driver.

Jet lag

Cameroon Standard Time is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Cameroon is in the West Africa Time Zone (WAT).

Currency
Cameroon uses the FCFA
1 Euro (€) = 656,42 CFA
1 Dollar (USD) = 555,60 CFA

There are offices or banks where travellers can exchange money. In large cities, it is also possible to withdraw money from banks with international Visa credit cards.

Electricity

220 Volts; 50 Hz

Depending on your country of origin, it is recommended to travel with an adapter. More info

Languages

About 25 million inhabitants, divided into more than 200 ethnic groups.
The main major groups are: the Betis, the Bamilékés, the Bamouns, the Foulbés, the Sawas and the Kirdis.

Thus, there are many local languages in Cameroon. However, French is the first official language in Cameroon spoken mainly in eight of the ten regions of the country (83% of the country’s population). The second official language is English (spoken by 17% of the country’s population).

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