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

Entry & Exit Formalities


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.


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.