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Cameroon

If you’re travelling to Cameroon our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

We advise against non-essential travel to the north, the east and the west of the country. The security situation in these area is extremely dangerous, and we may only be able to provide very limited assistance if you encounter difficulty. 

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Travel to Cameroon

All passengers aged 5 and over must provide evidence (in PDF format) of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight to Cameroon.

All travellers arriving in Cameroon must take a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival at Yaoundé and Douala international airports. These tests are compulsory and free of charge. Results are returned while passengers are at the airport.

All travellers leaving Cameroonian territory must present a negative PCR or a rapid flow test result at the airport from the last 72 hours. A test with a QR code on the result is advised.

You should comply with additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans. Cameroonian government regulations on entry requirements may change at short notice. You should contact the Cameroonian authorities/embassy for up to date information. For further information visit the website of the Cameroonian Ministry of Heath: https://www.minsante.cm/site/?q=en

General Travel Advice

As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Cameroon, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management. 

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja in Nigeria or our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Terrorism

Terrorist groups are active in the North of the country, with a high risk of attacks in public places and abductions for Western citizens.

Political Situation

Since 2016, there is a conflict between security force and armed separatists in the North West and South West regions, in which numerous civilians died or were displaced.

Border regions

There are frequent instances of violence in the eastern border of Cameroon, hosting an important number of refugees from Central African Republic.

Practical advice

  • Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behavior may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Health

Health

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Vaccinations

The government of the Republic of Cameroon currently recommends that all travellers to Cameroon be vaccinated against poliomyelitis.

Check with your doctor a minimum of eight weeks in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Cameroon.

Polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers from Ireland to countries where polio transmission is a risk. Before travelling to areas where poliomyelitis cases are still occurring, travellers should ensure that they have completed the recommended age-appropriate polio vaccine schedule and have received a booster dose, if necessary. More information is available on the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre website.

Medication

Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.

Additional Information

Additional information

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Cameroon and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Cameroon there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.

You should contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja in Nigeria to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Irish citizens who require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs on +353 1 408 2000.

The Duty Officer will refer the matter to the Embassy.

Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Maitama District
Abuja
Nigeria

Tel: +234 9 462 1080
Fax: + 234 9 4131805

Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 12pm

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