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Although a difficult country to travel to, the Central African Republic (CAR) has a lot to offer visitors. It gained its independence from France in 1960 and has a blend of old meets new throughout the cities.
Bangui still has its French roots with architecture from the colonial era and touches of French inspired foods and goods. You can shop at the various markets in the city for stunning jewelry and butterfly collections, or try bargaining in nearby villages for local-made goods.
The Central African Republic has the least amount of light pollution in the entire world, making it an excellent place to capture the sky. With the Sahara desert in the north it’s the perfect place to capture once in a lifetime photographs. If you’re traveling to the south you have dense tropical rainforests with a variety of wildlife. It’s considered one of the best places in Africa to see forest elephants and western lowland gorillas.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Central African Republic. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Central African Republic: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to CAR. Make sure you have received the vaccine at least 10 days before entering the country.
Malaria, dengue and chikungunya are all present in CAR. Mosquito repellents and netting are recommended for travelers to the region. Antimalarial medication is recommended for all travelers.
Meningitis is normally considered a routine vaccination. But, the disease is present in CAR. Make sure you’re protected with a meningitis and meningitis B vaccination.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
Aid groups and organizations have been working hard to help CAR end its bouts with cholera. In 2016, an outbreak spread to at least 260 people killing 16. These numbers are believed to be very low estimates based on the nature of CAR’s infrastructure.
All travelers to CAR should receive a cholera vaccine before leaving for their trip. Vaccination is considered the best form of protection against cholera.
Passport Health’s travel clinics carry Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today by calling or book online now.
CAR doesn’t require a visa for travels less than 180 days. But, some airlines entering CAR will not let U.S. passport holders board without a valid visa. Before traveling to CAR be sure to have a valid passport and be updated on all required vaccines including yellow fever.
Once in the Central African Republic be sure to keep your visa, proof of yellow fever vaccination, and any other related documentation on your person during your travels.
For more information, see our Central African Republic visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The Central African Republic is a landlocked country that has a wet season between May and October with a dry season November to April. The driest months are January and February, making it a good time for planned travel. Here is what you should expect in a few key cities:
Despite the presence of UN Peacekeepers, CAR’s security remains fragile. The U.S. Department of State highly advises against traveling to the country.
If you are traveling for business or vacation you must carry all necessary paperwork on you at all times: passport, visa, proof of yellow fever vaccine. If you are travelling for business you need to have travel orders from your work on your person.
Public demonstrations are common. If you see one taking place leave the area and avoid large gatherings. They may appear peaceful but could turn violent at any moment.
Same-sex relations are illegal in the CAR and you can be arrested or fined for “public expressions of love.”
If you’re planning on seeing the southwest region of the country you will need a special permit due to sensitive mining areas. There is also a high crime rate in the major cities due to lack of government presence.
Looking for something truly impressive? The Mbali river waterfalls near Boali are massive. If you’re staying in Bangui it would be worth a day trip to check out the falls. Measuring nearly 820 feet wide and 165 feet tall, the waterfalls are an amazing sight. Below the falls are 2 hydroelectric works, Boali 1 and Boali 2. They’re operated by Central African Energy and if you’re interested you can see the hydroelectric power plant nearby. The plant supplies power to Bangui as well as many other towns.
Not that interested in the hydroelectric plant part? Visiting the Boali falls is a great way to see traditional villages and interact with locals at nearby restaurants. Plus, it’s a great escape from the hubbub of the city and the dense population.
Taking into consideration CAR’s climate, it will depend on your travels for what you need to pack. But, here are a few essentials you don’t want to forget:
It’s important to note that modesty is a major factor in the culture of those living in CAR. Women should avoid packing shorts as they are frowned upon. Try to pack modest clothing for when in public as many towns segregate women from men.
The U.S. Embassy in Bangui does not provide consular services at this time. However, if you need assistance while in CAR they do provide some minimal services.
U.S. Embassy Bangui
Ave. David Dacko
Telephone: (236) 2161 – 0200
Fax: (236) 2161 – 4494
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