Cameroon Travel Information
The possibility of traveling in and out of the
country is now impossible or very limited. For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
The security situation in the North and Extreme North
regions is unclear and can deteriorate rapidly. The
situation in these areas should be seen in the context
of the security situation in the two neighboring states
of Nigeria, Adamawa and Borno, where as a result of Boko
Haram's ravages, the state of emergency was introduced
in May 2013. One should be very cautious about traveling
to these areas and in especially outside the two
regional capitals. The risk of being subjected to
terrorist acts or being kidnapped is high in these
areas. There is a lower/moderate risk of being kidnapped
elsewhere in Cameroon.
Crime in Cameroon has increased in recent years,
especially in the capital and in the largest cities. The
crime that affects tourists is usually money-motivated,
in the form of theft and armed robbery, especially in
the evenings. Therefore, exercise caution when storing
valuables and avoid carrying with you/displaying
valuable items. It is especially warned against road
traffic at night due to dangerous traffic and armed
Public transport, including regular taxis, is not
recommended. Car/taxi hire with own driver is
recommended and should be booked in advance through
reliable contacts. However, a train journey on the
Yaound¨¦ - Ngaound¨¦r¨¦ route can be an interesting
Travelers are encouraged to take reasonable
precautions and to exercise caution in choosing a place
of residence and location. Luggage should be kept under
close supervision at airports, bus stations etc.
- Countryaah: Yaounde is the capital
of Cameroon. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Cameroon is not particularly prone to natural
disasters, but during the rainy season (May - October)
the amount of rainfall can be so strong that floods
occur. There is also volcanic activity in Cameroon.
Reference is also made to more detailed travel advice
on the websites of the Foreign Service in France, the
United Kingdom and the United States.
In crisis and emergency, the embassy in Abuja can be
contacted on +234 9291 5429 or +234 9291 5487. The
embassy is open at. 8-16 Monday through Thursday and
8-13 on Friday. Outside the embassy's opening hours, the
public can contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on
+47 23 95 00 00 or UDops@mfa.no .
Norwegian citizens staying in or planning to travel
to Cameroon are encouraged to contact the Embassy in
Abuja for updated information and register their journey
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians must have a visa to Cameroon. It cannot be
expected that visas can be obtained at a border
crossing. Visas can be applied for at the Cameroon
Consulate General in Stockholm:
Cameroon's Consulate General
S-100 41 Stockholm
Tel: +46 822 5144
This should be done well in advance of departure.
Access to longer work stays in Cameroon must be checked
with the employer or the client.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The virus
has been detected in Cameroon. The health services in
the country are generally weak and have poor capacity,
even in the big cities.
Cameroon has closed all borders including all flights
in and out of the country. The possibility of health
care is very limited or non-existent. The ability of the
Embassy (Nigeria) to provide consular assistance is very
The health services in the country are generally weak
and have poor capacity, even in the big cities.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation, including restrictions on entry
and exit and rules on arrival from abroad. Relevant
information can be found on the government's website
Epid¨¦mie de Coronavirus. Authorities also provide
information through local media and it may be necessary
to contact the airline in advance of departure.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Normally, yellow fever vaccine is required for entry.
Other travel vaccines are recommended and should be
checked by a doctor. Prevention tablets for malaria are
It is recommended to boil and filter water and wash
fruits and vegetables in chlorine solution or similar.
Bottled water is available for purchase in the cities
and along the country roads. There are private clinics
of acceptable standard for treating the most common
diseases in the big cities. Hospitals abroad are
recommended for more serious cases. Therefore, it is
important to have good travel insurance.
There are restaurants of acceptable standard in the
For current travel vaccines, check the public health
Information from the Directorate of Health May 2014:
The health authorities recommend vaccination before
traveling to countries with outbreaks of polio.
On May 5, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO)
declared that polio virus is a threat to international
public health. The reason is the increase in the number
of polio (poliomyelitis) cases in several continents
last year. Polio is a disease that can be eradicated
with vaccine because the virus is only found in humans.
To prevent the spread of polio, Norwegian health
authorities provide travel advice on polio vaccination
before stays in several countries, and especially when
staying for more than four weeks.
Before departure one must also have documentation on
vaccination. It is conceivable that some countries will
conduct such documentation and require new vaccination
if documentation on the International Vaccination Card
(WHO) is missing. Health personnel can order the card
from the Publications page of the Institute of Public
The WHO believes that the situation in the following
countries poses a risk of exporting and spreading polio
internationally: Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria.
Countries with less local polio outbreaks such as
Afghanistan, Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and
Nigeria are also advised to follow WHO's vaccination
In general, there is no need to pay special attention
to local customs and clothing, beyond normal respectful
behavior. However, it is recommended that female
visitors, especially in the north, should dress in
half-length or long skirts or trousers. It should be
taken into account during religious holidays and stays
at mosques around the Friday prayer. It should be noted
that gay practice is prohibited by law and that the ban
is strictly enforced.
There are severe penalties for crime, including drug
Common administration and national languages are
French and English. The local variants of both languages
can be difficult to understand for a first-time
visitor. The inhabitants' first foreign language is
French in large parts of the country, and English in the
north-west and south-west. In the big cities, where
English and French speakers often live side by side, a
mixed language has been developed called "kamfranglais".
In addition, there are a very large number of other
There is 220 volt AC power. The voltage varies
greatly, and power outages often occur. There is mobile
coverage in urban areas.
Banks and public offices are open from 5 p.m. 7:30 am
to 3:30 pm. Shops are open in the evening and Saturdays.
Cameroon mainly has a cash-based economy, and the use
of credit cards is only possible in the major hotels.
However, the use of credit cards is not recommended due
to. the danger of fraud. Norway and Cameroon are in the
same time zone (GMT +1). When it is summer time in
Norway, there is an hour time difference (Norway one
Climate; dry season November - March and rainy season
April - October.