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Landlocked in the northern central region of Africa, Chad is a country full of cultural and geographical diversity. With cities sprawling across the sahara desert, it offers a national park, national museum and a rich gastronomic scene.
Travelers can grab a cold beer during a brewery tour at Gala Brewery in Moundou, where the country’s most popular lager is produced.
In N’Djamena, the country’s capital, travelers may find camel hair carpets and leatherware at the daily market during the day.
From the natural to man-made, travelers can enjoy many of Chad’s unique offerings.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Chad. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Chad:
There is a risk of contracting malaria in Chad. The risk for most travelers is considered high throughout the country. Share your itinerary with a travel medicine specialist to see if an antimalarial regime is right for you.
The medical care in most Chadian cities and towns is limited. Hospitals are located in the cities and larger towns. But, for those staying in rural areas, there may be a need to travel at least a day to get to the nearest physician.
Travelers should avoid contact with animals like dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds and bats it could lead to infections like avian influenza and rabies.
For more details on any of the above vaccinations, visit the detailed Passport Health specialty vaccination pages or make an appointment with your local Travel Medicine Specialist. To book your appointment either call or book online now.
There is currently no cholera outbreak in Chad. Cases are rare and can be avoided with some health precautions. Despite the lack of a current epidemic, a cholera vaccine is still recommended before travel.
Passport Health clinics throughout the United States carry Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine available in the US.
All US citizens must have a visa to travel to Chad.
A valid passport and proof of yellow fever vaccine are required as the country is still working on eradicating the disease.
Your passport must have 2 blank pages. If your passport does not meet this requirement, your visa request will likely be denied.
It is required of first-time travelers to Chad to obtain a registration stamp through the National Police within 72 hours of arrival. Have two extra passport size photos ready for registration
For more information, see our Chad visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Chad tends to generally have a hot and tropical climate.Heat and humidity are to be expected.
The northern part of the country tends to be hot and arid and receives little to no rain. It is aptly named the ‘Saharan zone’. Towards the central part of Chad, the climate shifts into more tropical territory, experiencing rain from May to November. The South region of the country receives the most rain.
As in most major cities, criminal activity increases after dark. Cars are sometimes targeted for armed robberies, and crime may take place in the residential areas of N’Djamena, the capital.
It is suggested to use cars as the main mode of transportation. Avoid traveling at night by foot or motorbike. At your lodging, doors and windows should be kept locked. Valuables should be kept out of sight at whenever possible.
Do not hail taxis from the street, and have a hotel or reliable contact arrange a driver in advance. Sit in the back seat of taxis, ensure doors are locked, and keep bags at your feet.
The U.S. government has many more safety travel tips for visiting Chad, if needed.
The lakes of Ounianga are a series of 18 interconnected lakes recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. Located deep in the Sahara Desert, the lakes are no mirage, but rather an oasis in the middle of the dry sandy land.
To get to Ounianga, it is necessary to schedule at least four days of travel into your itinerary if departing from N’Djamena.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Chad:
All Americans visiting Chad should register online with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
If you plan to buy a local SIM card you can also enter your phone number to receive SMS updates from the office.
U.S. Embassy Chad
Avenue Felix Eboue
Visit the U.S. Embassy in Chad before leaving to confirm correct contact details for the office.
The U.S. Department of State also operates a 24 hour Emergency Operations Center. The collect call number to reach the center while abroad is +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444.
If you have any questions about traveling to Chad or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment by calling or book online now!
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