Cameroon Travel Information
Local time is GMT +1.
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin attachment plugs are in use.
French and English are the official languages, although French is more commonly spoken and is the language of business. There are also numerous other African dialects.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers older than one year of age to Cameroon. There is a risk of malaria throughout the country and prophylaxis is recommended for all travellers. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, typhoid, polio (booster), and hepatitis B.
A meningococcus vaccination may also be recommended for those travelling to Cameroon during the dry season, which runs from November to June. Cholera outbreaks do occur in Cameroon, particularly between the months of December and June. Travellers should drink only boiled or bottled water.
Medical facilities are very limited with frequent shortages of medication and outdated equipment; visitors should ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance, which includes emergency air evacuation. Doctors and hospitals generally expect immediate cash payment.
If visitors require prescription medication, it is best to bring it with them into Cameroon. They should also make sure they have all the relevant documents from their doctor to get the medication through customs.
If service charges are not included a tip of about 10 percent is customary.
Travellers should be wary of petty and violent crime, as they occur throughout the country. Theft is common on public transport and travellers should try and avoid travelling alone in taxis, especially at night. The safety and reliability of internal flights in Cameroon cannot be vouched for. Women should dress conservatively as Cameroon, while generally friendly, is strongly patriarchal and violence towards women is not unheard of.
If visitors are travelling in the north it is advisable to do so in a convoy and to limit travel to daylight hours. Many foreign governments advise against travel to the areas bordering the Central African Republic and Chad, as well as to the area bordering Nigeria in the region of the Bakassi Peninsula.
Greetings in Cameroon may be extended and elaborate, and it's important to greet elders first. If travellers are eating communally with their hands, they should always use their right hand. Law requires that everyone carry identification at all times, and it is forbidden to take photographs of ports, airports, government buildings, and military sites. Homosexuality is illegal.
Cameroon is ranked higher than most Central African countries for ease of doing business and the comparatively good infrastructure is a big help in this regard. For meetings, lightweight suits are appropriate and handshakes are a common method of greeting for men and women.
Greetings often take time and it is important to enquire about health and family and exchange business cards. Office hours are generally 7.30am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, with a one to two hour lunch break. Most businesses are also open on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm.
The international dialling code for Cameroon is +237. Visitors can purchase local SIM cards for unlocked phones; WiFi coverage is available in most regions.
Travellers to Cameroon do not have to pay duty on 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 5 packs tobacco; 1 bottle of alcohol; and 5 bottles perfume. Entry to the country with sporting guns requires a licence.
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