Chad trip report
Replies: 6 - Last Post: May 9, 2013 11:55 PM Last Post By: Jez3
May 5, 2013 11:26 AM
Chad trip reportJust got back from a few days in Chad. Was visiting expat friends so no budget recommendations here but thought I would report anyway since there's not much info available.
Got my visa in Addis Ababa - $100 and processed the next day. Needed two passport photos and a hotel reservation. I booked online at the Novotel for the purposes of the visa and then cancelled it online after I got my visa. Also needed a letter of invitation - they were very specific about this. I got one from my expat friends. The embassy is in Lebu - a new buildling just off the Haile Mebrat roundabout. Phone number: 0913 275358.
Flights from Addis were very expensive to buy but very good value using United miles with Ethiopian.
Stayed at Chez Wou across from the Novotel - 65,000 CFA's per night ($USD130). You can use the pool at the Novotel for 5000 CFA/day or a committment to eat and drink. Or just use a fake room number to sign in at the pool. You need to register with the police within 72 hours. The immigration office is across from the Care NGO compound - down a little lane. Just ask around for the Central Commissariat and then the Immigration Police. You need two passport photos - and you fill in two forms but it is quite painless and didn't take too long. There's a working ATM at the airport on arrival and one at the Novotel (as well as the other major hotels I imagine).
Not much to do in N'Djamena but the markets are wothwhile - both the Central Market and the other one a little bit further on. There is also a handicraft market near the Meridien. There is a sign outside saying "Co-operative Artisinal" - go in to the compound and walk around the building to the very back. I'm a solo female and wandered around all day by myself and had no security concerns. People don't pay you much attention or just call our friendly "bonjours'. I got by with terrible French - not many people spoke any English except in the expat restaurants. You are not allowed to take photos and my expat friends said not to risk it.
Went to Gaoui for a morning to see the painted houses and pottery. It's really close on the outskirts of N'Djamena and you could get there easily on a moto-taxi (or public transport some of the way and then a moto-taxi). It's an interesting enough trip for a couple of hours. There is a museum (2000 CFA entrance) and then you tour the town and see the women making pottery. You can take photos freely and don't need any travel permits.
Unexpectedly I had outstanding meals in N'Djamena - all at expat restaurants and not cheap but the Chinese at Chez Wou, pizzas and French at Central, Lebanese at Ali Baba's and paninis, gelato and juice at L'Amandine were all fantastic. Also had drinks at Cote Du Jardin (also good for food) and Carnivore. Turn left at the main supermarket (starts with an H) on General de Gaulle (the main street - at the end nearest the airport) and they are all in the next block.
Really enjoyed my few days there...am sure N'Djamena is very different to the rest of the country but I found it very easy to navigate and enjoyed my interactions with the people.
May 5, 2013 8:37 PM
May 7, 2013 8:45 AM
May 7, 2013 7:01 PM
3Hello. Thanks for sharing! Always happy to hear from others who have made the trek. :) Just curious, can you go to https://maps.google.com and confirm the location of the immigration office? From the looks of it, the office is a short walk from the Meridien.
As the OP said, the registration process is pretty painless. I don't think the authorities care what you write so long as your name and passport info match. You don't have to do things like lie about your religion (or lack thereof) for fear of being kicked out for not being Muslim or anything like that. Registration is annoying, yes, but it's just a minor speedbump (and another stamp in your passport).
May 9, 2013 12:26 PM
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