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Cameroun


cameroonPopulation : around 17, 000,000

Capital : Yaoundé
Calling code : + 237
Currency : Francs CFA
Language(s) : French and English
Size : 469,440 km²
Religion : indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%

ELECTRIC POWER : 220V running at 50Hz.

CLIMATE: The south is hot and dry between November and February. The temperature is around 25° C. The main rainy season is from July to October. Temperatures in the north vary. The rainy season is from May to October. Grassland areas inland are much cooler than the coast with regular rainfall.

HEALTH INFO : 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. 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 Medical facilities are very limited with frequent shortages of medication and outdated equipment; visitors should ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance which includes emergency air evacuation.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.

VISA INFO : All travellers require confirmed onward or return tickets and all necessary documents for next destination. Visas on arrival can only be issued to those holding a prior approval from the immigration chief officer. All other visas must be acquired before travel to Cameroon.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

sao_tome_principePopulation : 181,565
Capital : Sao Tome
Calling code : + 239
Currency : Dobra
Language(s) : Portuguese
Size : 1,001 km²
Religion : Christian 80%

ELECTRIC POWER : 220V running at 50Hz.

CLIMATE : The climate is tropical, hot and humid. Temperatures are about 27°C and little daily variation. At higher altitudes, the average yearly temperature is 20°C and nights are generally cool. The rainy season runs from October to May.

HEALTH INFO : Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Medical facilities in São Tomé and Príncipe are extremely limited. There is one hospital in the country, on the island of São Tomé, and several foreign-run clinics. For all but minor medical needs, it is necessary to travel to Libreville (Gabon) or elsewhere. Additionally, some medicines are not available; travellers should carry properly labelled required medications with them and visitors should ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance which includes emergency air evacuation.

VISA INFO : A valid passport and visa are required. Visas can be issued at the entrance but it is advised to get them prior to the arrival.

GABON

gabonPopulation : around 1,300,000
Capital : Libreville
Calling code : + 241
Currency : Francs CFA
Language(s) : French
Size : 267,667 km²
Religion : indigenous beliefs, Christian, Muslim

ELECTRIC POWER : 220V running at 50Hz.

CLIMATE : The climate is hot. From June to September, there is virtually no rain but high humidity. There is occasional rain in December and January. During the remaining months rainfall is heavy. The average temperature is 26.6°C

HEALTH INFO : Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Medical facilities in Gabon's major cities are limited, but they are generally adequate for routine or basic needs. We encourage the use of private doctors and hospitals as public-sector health care quality is inconsistent and prone to strikes. Medical services in rural areas are generally unavailable. Additionally, some medicines are not available; travellers should carry properly labelled required medications with them and visitors should ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance which includes emergency air evacuation.

VISA INFO : A valid passport and visa are required. Visas should be obtained in advance, as airport visas are no longer easy to get.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

central_african_republicPopulation : around 3,750,000
Capital : Bangui
Calling code : + 236
Currency : Francs CFA
Language(s) : French
Size : 622,984 km²
Religion : indigenous beliefs 35%, Christian 50%, Muslim 15%

ELECTRIC POWER : 220V running at 50Hz.

CLIMATE : There is one rainy season (December– March) and one long, hot, dry season (April–November). Temperatures range from 21°C to 34°C.

HEALTH INFO : Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Medical facilities are extremely limited in the CAR, and the quality of acute care is unreliable. Sanitation levels are low. Many medicines are not available; travellers should carry properly labelled prescription drugs and other medications with them and should ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance which includes emergency air evacuation.

VISA INFO : A valid passport and visa are required. Visas can be obtained at the entrance but it is advised to get in advance.

CONGO

Population : around 4,000,000
Capital : Brazzaville
Calling code : + 242
Currency : Francs CFA
Language(s) : French
Land Size : 342,000 km²
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Religion : indigenous beliefs (19%), Christian (79%) and Muslim (2%).

ELECTRIC POWER : 220V running at 50Hz

CLIMATE : The high rainy season runs from October to December. The dry season from June to August and the average temperatures are around 25 C.

HEALTH INFO : Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Medical facilities are extremely limited. Some medicines are in short supply, particularly outside the larger cities. Travellers should carry their own supply of properly labelled medications.

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the type that predominates in the Congo, is resistant to the antimalarial drug chloroquine. Because travellers to the Republic of the Congo are at high risk for contracting malaria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that travellers should take one of the following antimalarial drugs: mefloquine (Lariam™), doxycycline, or atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone™). Travellers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while travelling in a malaria-risk area and up to one year after returning home should seek prompt medical attention and tell the physician their travel history and what antimalarials they have been taking. Anyway we strongly recommend visitors to ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance which includes emergency air evacuation.

VISA INFO : A valid passport and visa are required. Visas should be obtained in advance, as airport visas are no longer easy to get.

TCHAD

chadPopulation : 9,538,544
Capital : N'Djamena
Size in area : 1,284,000 km²
Calling code : + 236
Currency : Francs CFA
Language(s) : French
Religion : Muslim 51%, Christian 35%, animist 7%, other 7%

ELECTRIC POWER : 220V running at 50Hz.

CLIMATE : Extreme temperatures range from 14° to 50°C. The average daily maximums and minimums are 42°C and 28°C in April and 33°C and 14°C in December. The rains last from April or July (depending on the area) through October.

HEALTH INFO : Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Medical facilities in Chad are extremely limited. Medicines are in short supply or unavailable. Travellers should carry any needed, properly labelled medicines with them. In the event of major injury or illness, visitors generally will require medical evacuation.

There are two medical clinics in the capital of N’Djamena that offer "international standard" medical care, International SOS and Europ-Assistance. These are not walk in clinics and advance membership is required to access services.

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the type that predominates in Chad, is resistant to the anti-malarial drug chloroquine. Because travellers to Chad are at high risk for contracting malaria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that travellers should take one of the following anti-malarial drugs: mefloquine (Lariam™), doxycycline, or atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone™).
Travellers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while travelling in a malaria-risk area and up to one year after returning home should seek prompt medical attention and tell the physician their travel history and what anti-malaria they have been taking.

Other widespread diseases in Chad include diarrhea and upper respiratory infections. Meningitis outbreaks usually occur annually and several other diseases (cholera, diphtheria, chicken pox, typhoid) periodically appear.

AIDS is becoming an increasingly serious problem as infection rates have risen to alarming levels (up to 25 percent in high-risk groups). We highly advise visitors to ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance which includes emergency air evacuation. VISA INFO: A valid passport and visa are required. Visas can be obtained at the entrance but it is advised to get in advance. Visitors must check in with the National Police and obtain a registration stamp within 72 hours of arrival.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

congo_kinshasazairePopulation : 58,317,930
Capital : Kinshasa
Calling code : + 243
Currency : Franc congolais, dollar
Language(s) : French, Lingala
Size : 2,267,600 km²
Religion : Christian 70%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, and indigenous beliefs 10%.

ELECTRIC POWER : 220V running at 50Hz

CLIMATE :
Frequent heavy rains between October and May and at the north of the equator the rain falls between April and November. In the low central basin average annual temperatures are around 25°C, while at the higher altitudes the temperatures hover around 20°C. The average annual rainfall in Kinshasa is 56 in.

HEALTH INFO :
Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. In the DRC, medical facilities are severely limited, and medical materials are in short supply. Travellers should carry properly labelled prescription drugs and other medications with them and should not expect to find an adequate supply of prescription or over-the-counter drugs in local stores or pharmacies. Payment for any medical services required is expected in cash and in advance of treatment.

Malaria is common throughout the DRC; outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, the Ebola virus, and hemorrhagic fever also occur. Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in the DRC.

Travellers should take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Visitors are strongly advised to have comprehensive medical insurance which includes emergency air evacuation.

VISA INFO :
A valid passport and visa are required and visas should be obtained prior to the arrival.It is the responsibility of all travellers to obtain visas from an embassy of the DRC.