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Central African Republic Visa or Entry Stamp
June 28, 2007
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: The Central African Republic (CAR) is a
developing African nation that has experienced several periods of political
instability since independence from France in 1960. The capital is
Bangui. While the country's Dzanga-Sangha National Park, a primeval rain
forest in the southwest region of the country, is an attractive site for
ecotourism, facilities for tourism elsewhere are very limited. Read
the Department of State
Background Notes on the CAR
for additional information.
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport, visa, and
evidence of yellow fever vaccination are required for entry. Travelers
should obtain the latest information and details from the Embassy of the Central
African Republic, 1618 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone
(202) 483-7800/7801, fax (202) 332-9893. Overseas, inquiries should be
made to the nearest Central African Republic embassy or consulate.
NOTE: In any country where there is no Central African Republic
diplomatic mission, the French Embassy has authorization to issue a visa for
entry into the Central African Republic. See our Foreign
Entry Requirements brochure for more information on the CAR and other
See Entry and Exit
for more information pertaining to dual
and the prevention of international
child abduction. Please refer to our Customs
to learn more about customs regulations.
SAFETY AND SECURITY: See the Department of State’s Travel
Warning for the Central African Republic.
For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should
regularly monitor the Department’s Internet
where the current Travel
Warnings and Public Announcements
, and the Worldwide
Caution Public Announcement, can be found.
Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling
1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and
Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S.
The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for
their own personal security while traveling overseas. For general
information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves
overseas, see the Department of State’s pamphlets A Safe Trip
CRIME: With unemployment at about 80 percent, crime is
a significant problem. Americans should exercise caution while traveling
around the city and immediateenvirons. Armed gangs operate in
outlying residential areas. Looting has occurred during periods of civil
unrest. There continue to be credible reports of armed highway robbery in
rural areas and on major highways, especially during the December through May
dry season. When a crime does occur in Bangui or in the countryside, the
victim may have to pay to send a vehicle to pick up police officers due to the
shortage of police vehicles; the other option is to use a vehicle to take the
police to the scene of the crime.
INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME: The loss or theft
abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and
the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If you are the victim of a crime
while overseas, in addition to reporting to local police, please contact the
nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance. The Embassy/Consulate
staff can, for example, assist you to find appropriate medical care, contact
family members or friends and explain how funds could be transferred.
Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the
responsibility of local authorities, consular officers can help you to
understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if
See our information for Victims
MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Medical
facilities are limited in the CAR, and the quality of acute care is
unreliable. Sanitation levels are low. Many medicines are not
available; travelers should carry properly labeled prescription drugs and other
medications with them.
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food
and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers
at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC’s Internet site athttp://www.cdc.gov/travel
information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult the World
Health Organization’s (WHO) web site athttp://www.who.int/en
. Further health
information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith
MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly
urges Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to
traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it
will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Please see our
information on medical
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign
country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly
from those in the United States. The information below concerning the CAR
is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a
particular location or circumstance.
Due to the risk of armed attacks on motorists in the central and northern
regions, non-essential travel to these areas is strongly discouraged and should
be avoided. The U.S. Embassy in Bangui recommends that Americans traveling
outside the capital not travel with a CAR military escort, or any armed escort,
that may attract attention or draw fire from rebel troops. Most remote
areas in the CAR that are frequented by tourists are accessible only by
four-wheel drive vehicles, although some roads are not passable at all during
the rainy season, from May through October. Please refer to our Road
page for more information.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT:As there is no direct commercial
air service between the United States and the CAR, the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has not assessed the CAR’s Civil Aviation Authority for
compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety
standards. For more information, travelers may visit the FAA’s web site
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Taking photographs of police or
military installations or any other government buildings is prohibited.
Unauthorized photography may result in the seizure of photographic equipment by
CAR authorities. Police or other government authorities can provide
information and grant permission for photographing a particular subject or
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S.
citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes
differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the
protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for
breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar
offenses. Persons violating the CAR’s laws, even unknowingly, may be
expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or
trafficking in illegal drugs in the CAR are severe, and convicted offenders can
expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. Engaging in sexual conduct
with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country
is a crime, prosecutable in the United States. Please see our information
CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on international
adoption of children and international parental child abduction, see the Office of Children’s
Issues web site.
REGISTRATION / EMBASSY LOCATION: In November 2002 the
U. S. Embassy in Bangui closed and the Department of State formally suspended
operations in April 2003. In early 2005 limited American staff returned to
the Embassy. However, the Embassy can only provide limited consular
services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens are strongly urged to make sure their
passports are updated before traveling to the C.A.R, and to plan in advance for
any contingencies during their travel. The U.S. Embassy in Bangui has
three American officers and can provide only limited emergency services to U.S.
citizens. Routine consular services are provided by the U.S. Embassies in
Yaounde, Cameroon and N’djamena, Chad.
U.S. citizens in the CAR are strongly advised to register their presence in
the country by using the State Department’s travel registration
. Americans without Internet access may register directly with
the U.S. Embassy in Bangui. By registering, American citizens make it
easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S.
Embassy in the CAR is located at Avenue David Dacko, B.P. 924, Bangui; tel.
(236) 61-02-00; fax (236) 61-44-94. For additional information on safety
and security in the CAR, contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in
Yaounde, Cameroon at telephone (237) 220-1500, fax (237) 220-1572; web site: http://yaounde.usembassy.gov/
Americans may also obtain updated information from the American Embassy in
N'djamena, Chad at telephone (235) 51-70-09, 51-92-33 or 51-90-52; fax (235)
51-56-54; web site http://ndjamena.usembassy.gov/
This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated April 13,
2006, to update the sections on Country Description, Traffic Safety and Road
Conditions, and Registration/Embassy Location.
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