ChadOfficial Name: Republic of Chad
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TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Yes, obtain in advance
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
Declare amounts over 10 million CFA ($10,800)
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
Avenue Felix Eboue
Telephone: +235 22 51 70 09
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(235) 63 51 78 00
Fax: +(235) 22 51 56 54
See our Fact Sheet on Chad for information on U.S. - Chad relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Requirements for Entry:
- World Health Organization (WHO) card with yellow fever vaccination. Immunizations are available at the airport for a fee.
Visas: Obtain your visa before traveling. Visit the Embassy of Chad website or the nearest Chadian embassy or consulate for the most current visa information. Once in Chad, contact the National Police if you need to extend your visa.
Within 72 hours of arrival, you must obtain a registration stamp through the National Police. You will need two passport size photos and contact information to complete the form.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Chad.
Safety and Security
Avoid all travel outside of N’Djamena particularly along border areas (Chad/Sudan, Lake Chad, Chad/Central African Republic). Because of the unpredictable security situation, the U.S. Embassy limits and monitors the travel of official government personnel. See the current Department of State Travel Warning for Chad for additional details.
Travel with a copy of your U.S. passport and Chadian visa/Chadian permit at all times to prevent the originals from being taken by police or armed assailants. Keep your original documents in a secure location.
N’Djamena/Lake Chad Threats: Chad remains vulnerable to attacks by the Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria. Explosions targeting a police station and a police school killed several people in N’Djamena in June and July, 2015.
A state of emergency extended in November, 2015, continues in the Lake Chad region, following a number of attacks by ISWAP. ISWAP has also targeted foreigners and government leaders in Cameroon’s Far North Region which borders Chad in close proximity to N’Djamena.
Northern Threats: Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Murabitun remain active throughout the Sahel (to include Chad, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Sudan).
- Maintain caution at large gatherings and areas frequented by foreigners, including markets, hotels, restaurants, bars, and places of worship.
- Monitor local news broadcasts and consular messages.
Crime: Armed bandits are active on roads in all areas of the country. Carjacking, burglary, and vehicle thefts are common. Pickpockets, purse snatching, and theft from vehicles occur in market and commercial areas frequented by foreigners.
- Avoid walking alone.
- Do not display cash and valuable personal property.
- Dress conservatively.
- Drive with doors locked and windows closed or rolled up enough at all times to prevent theft while stopped in traffic.
Victims of Crime: Legal response or recourse for victims of crime is extremely limited.
Report crimes to the local police at 20 20 throughout Chad, and contact the U.S. Embassy at (235) 22 51 70 09.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
- support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: Contact the Embassy for assistance. If you are in immediate danger, first contact the local police at 20 20.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. You may be taken in for questioning by the police if unable to produce an acceptable form of identification, travel permit, or Chadian drivers’ license.
Convictions for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs result in long prison sentences and heavy fines.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Military Service for Dual U.S. – Chadian citizens: Article 51 of the Chadian Constitution states that military service is obligatory. The conditions for fulfillment of this duty are determined by local authorities.
Photography: All photography requires a government permit. It is illegal to take pictures of military sites, official buildings, airports, and public monuments. Such sites are not always clearly marked. You could be fined, have your photographic equipment confiscated without notice, and risk detention and arrest. Do not take photos of Chadians without their permission.
Phone Service: Telecommunications systems outside of N’Djamena can be unreliable. Cellular phones are the norm, as other telephone service and landlines are not reliable or non-existent in some areas. It may be possible to purchase a SIM card locally and use a U.S.-compatible unlocked cell phone. The two major cellular phone providers are Tigo and Airtel.
Satellite Phones: Satellite phones are illegal and no permits are available. Travelers using satellite phones risk seizure of phones and arrest.
Currency: The Central African Franc (CFA) is the official currency. Due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity, avoid using credit cards and be cautious when using ATMs. There are several Western Union offices in N’Djamena which can be used for money transfers.
Exporting local currency is prohibited and the export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared upon arrival.
Travel authorization (“autorisation de circuler”): Before traveling to a humanitarian zone or refugee camp, NGO humanitarian workers must submit a request for a “circuler” to the Ministry of Interior and Territorial Management (Inferieur et d’ Amenagement Territoriale) via the “Office National d’Accueil et de Reinsertion des Refugies” (CNAR). Allow 3-4 days for processing. The request should include:
- Visitor’s or institution’s request letter
- Copies of the passport’s biographical and visa pages
- CNAR application form
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: While there are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) events, there are social and cultural strictures against homosexuality. There are no known LGBTI organizations in the country.
The law does not define “unnatural acts”, which has been used against LGBTI persons in the past. No other specific laws apply to LGBTI persons.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Persons with disabilities face limited access to transportation, public buildings, hotels, and communication accommodations. There are few sidewalks and no curb-cuts, and most buildings lack elevators.
Women Travelers: While the law prohibits marriage before the age of 18, forced marriage of girls remains a serious problem. Girls who object to being forcibly married often are physically assaulted by their family members and husbands. The law also prohibits female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), but the practice remains widespread with rates as high as 90 to 100 percent in some rural regions.
Although the law prohibits violence against women, domestic violence, including spousal abuse, is widely reported. Wives have limited legal recourse in cases of abuse. There is no reliable data on the extent of sexual assault though it is a problem. Rape cases usually are not tried.
See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Consult the CDC website for Chad prior to travel.
Medical facilities are limited outside of N’Djamena. International SOS and Europ-Assistance offer international standard medical care. These are not walk-in clinics; advance membership is required to access services.
You are responsible for all medical costs. U.S. Medicare does not cover you overseas. Most care providers expect payment in cash CFA before treatment is performed.
Medical Insurance: If your health insurance plan does not provide coverage overseas, we strongly recommend supplemental medical insurance and medical evacuation plans.
Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
Malaria is prevalent throughout the country. Chemoprophylaxis is recommended for all travelers even for short stays. Use mosquito repellents containing either 20 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus or IR3535. Sleep under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets.
Consider a breathing mask to protect against desert dust.
HIV/AIDS: Caution should be used when engaging in sexual activity. There is a 2.5 percent rate of infection in adults between ages 15-49.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Travel with other vehicles outside of N’Djamena during daylight hours only and carry additional fuel, a spare tire, and provisions. In N’Djamena, main roads are paved. Roads are often poorly maintained and have large ruts and potholes. Poor lighting and missing road signs make driving more dangerous at night. During the rainy season, from mid-June to mid-September, many roads become impassable from flooding.
Other driving risks include excessive speed, erratic driving habits, lack of vehicle maintenance, cyclists and pedestrians, non-motorized wheelchairs, wildlife, and livestock. Professional roadside assistance service is not available.
Traffic Laws: You will need an international driving permit to drive in Chad. Keep windows closed and doors locked at all times. At roadblocks or checkpoints, open the driver’s side window slightly in order to communicate and show documents through closed windows. Comply with the Chadian authorities at all vehicle checkpoints.
In the event of an automobile accident, remain inside the vehicle and call for police. Do not stop at the scene of an accident or at intersections where people have gathered.
Public Transportation: There is no public transportation recommended for tourists. Privately operated minibuses are often not properly maintained and dangerous. Hire private transport from a reliable source; travel agencies and local hotels may be able to arrange private transport on your behalf. Taxis are available throughout N’Djamena, but they are unsafe and you should not use them.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Chad, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.