Cameroon in detail

Entry & Exit Formalities

Visas are required for all travellers and must be bought prior to arrival in Cameroon. At Cameroonian embassies in neighbouring countries, visas are issued quickly for around US$85.

Customs Regulations

You are not allowed to take the following out of Cameroon:

  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Knives and dangerous weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Wild and domestic animals
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Pornographic content or materials


Applications in Europe and the US will require a confirmed flight ticket, a letter of invitation authorised by the Cameroonian police, yellow-fever vaccination certificate and proof of funds (minimum £1000/US$1250). A standard visa is valid for three months.

Visa Extensions

You can obtain visa extensions at Cameroon's Ministry of Immigration in Yaoundé, where one photo plus CFA15,000 is required.

Visas for Onward Travel

Visas available in Yaoundé for neighbouring African countries include the following:

Central African Republic A one-month visa costs FA55,000 and takes 48 hours to process.

Congo A 15-day visa costs CFA50,000, three months costs CFA100,000. A local invitation is required and processing takes 48 hours.

Equatorial Guinea Does not generally issue visas to nonresidents or people with an Equatorial Guinean embassy in their home country.

Gabon A one-month visa costs CFA50,000; unlike at many Gabonese embassies, a hotel reservation is not required at the Cameroonian office.

Nigeria In Yaoundé, a one-month visa costs CFA45,000 to CFA60,000 and takes 48 hours to process, and you'll need a local invitation.