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‘balao ’
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Required by most visitors and should be obtained in advance. If there is no CAR embassy near you, the French embassy will issue CAR visas.

Get the latest visa advice for Central African Republic from our community.

When to go and weather


Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.

Dangers and annoyances

Tensions remain extremely high across the Central African Republic and the threat of violence is significant – all Western governments advise against all travel to every part of the country.

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