Central African Republic in detail


Dangers & 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.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information on current hot spots.

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (www.smartraveller.gov.au)
  • British Foreign Office (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)
  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs (http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories)
  • French Department of Foreign Affairs (www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays)
  • US State Department (http://travel.state.gov)


Electricity is 220V/50Hz. Plugs have two round pins, as in continental Europe.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Central African Republic's country code236


Except for BBC World Service, heard in Bangui on 90.2FM, all press is in French or Sango. If you understand these languages, UN-run Radio Ndeke Luka (100.8FM) is reliable for local news.

Weights & Measures

  • Weights & Measures CAR uses the metric system.