Are there unsafe areas in Bafoussam Cameroon

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Capital: Yaoundé (Yoaundé)

Language: 

The official languages ​​are English and French. According to the constitution, both languages ​​are accorded the same status. Bantu, Semibantu, and other African languages ​​are in use.

Country code: 00237

 

 

Foreign exchange regulations:

 

Local currency:

Import: Limited for tourists to 20,000 CFA Fr and business people to 450,000 CFA Fr. Declaration is mandatory

Export: As declared.

 

Foreign currency:

Import: Free, mandatory declaration.

Export: 5 million CFA. Larger quantities must be convincingly justified at customs.

 

Banknotes: Euros or US dollars recommended.

 

Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Eurocard and Visa are partially accepted. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question. There are some ATMs in Yaounde and Douala where you can withdraw money with your Visa card. However, the fees for this service can be relatively high.

 

Currency Exchange: Euros or US dollars are recommended. Exchange receipts should be retained. Because of the export as proof.

 

ATM search worldwide (ATM Locator)

http://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp

 

 

Current safety information, source, Federal Foreign Office, as of 03.2021

 

COVID-19

Due to the spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, increased entry controls to identify sick travelers and the occurrence of illnesses in the country, including quarantine measures and entry bans, must be expected.

The Federal Foreign Office is currently advising against unnecessary travel worldwide, as further drastic and short-term restrictions in international air and travel traffic, quarantine measures and restrictions on public life are to be expected in many countries. This also applies to Cameroon.

Since the information on this situation is very extensive, you can obtain more detailed information from your responsible embassy, ​​consulate or foreign office. Find out more there.

A travel warning has been issued for certain countries. A corona test is mandatory after a trip to these countries. This list can change daily. A list of the countries can be found at the Federal Foreign Office.

 

From January 16 to February 7, 2021, Cameroon will host the CHAN (African Nations Cup in Football). Games are planned in Limbe, among others. There is a travel warning for Limbe. Separatists have announced attacks in Limbe, but also in general.

In the last few years foreigners have been kidnapped several times in the "Extreme North" region. There is still a very high risk of kidnapping there. There have been suicide attacks with numerous deaths on the border with Nigeria and in Maroua, the capital of the Extreme North region. Violent robberies and kidnappings are increasing in the north and Adamaoua regions as well as in the border areas with Nigeria and Chad.

In the two Anglophone regions of North-West and South-West, violent clashes between security forces and separatist groups continue, resulting in deaths and injuries.

According to the instructions of the Cameroonian security forces, the road between Bamenda and Bafoussam can only be used in convoy with armed escort at set times.

The border area with the Central African Republic is considered unsafe because of cross-border attacks by armed groups of the local rebels. There is also a risk of kidnapping or robbery. There is also a travel warning for the Central African Republic.

On the Bakassi peninsula and the surrounding area near the border with Nigeria there are persistent security problems. In the entire Gulf and Guinea there are gang mischief and attacks on coastal towns, fishing cutters, oil tankers and oil platforms with hostage-taking.

There is also a risk of kidnappings in all remote areas of Cameroon.

It must be expected that there may be protests and demonstrations, especially in the cities, where violent clashes are possible. Road closures and strikes lead to delays and obstructions in travel.

An entry in the crisis prevention list is recommended: https://elefand.diplo.de

crime:           

The crime rate is high. In large cities such as Yaoundé, Douala, Ngaundere and Bafoussam in particular, there is a high level of street crime with armed robberies and thefts. There is a high risk of kidnapping in the northern parts of the country.

Experience shows that the number of thefts and robberies increases significantly in the run-up to Christmas and over the holidays. Armed robberies have been reported daily from Douala and Yaounde since the beginning of December, particularly in the business districts and around bank branches and ATMs.

The snatch of bags is common, and resistance can be fatal due to the willingness to use violence. Especially after dark, the dangers are even higher. Petty crimes such as theft are particularly common on trains, buses and taxis. In the past, violent assaults have occurred particularly in taxis that have not been booked in advance but are stopped on the street. There is a particular risk of armed robberies with shared taxis, which could result in injuries to the victims.

Around Bertua on the connecting road between Cameroon and the Central African Republic, the number of criminal attacks with armed violence, especially against motorcycle taxis - drivers and passengers - has increased significantly, and there have been several deaths. Until further notice, Bertua and Mandjou have been banned from motorcycles at night.

False security beams and other attempts at fraud, including via the Internet, are widespread in Cameroon.

On inanimate stretches of the beaches of popular seaside resorts and in the region around Melong, tourists who were traveling alone or in pairs and with luggage were in several cases robbed during the day.

  • Be especially careful in public places, when visiting international institutions and at exposed tourist sights.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as train stations, on public transport and on beaches, and watch out for your valuables.
  • Avoid conspicuous valuables or jewelry, especially in larger cities and in holiday resorts frequented by foreign tourists.
  • Take only the cash you need for the day and divide it into different pockets.
  • After dark, avoid walking and unfamiliar neighborhoods, stay on well-lit streets.
  • In the event of a robbery, do not resist and remain calm.
  • Keep money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe and only carry a copy of your passport with you.
  • Do not stop taxis on the street; order them through your hotel.
  • Consider hiring a trusted driver for the entire time of your stay.
  • Always keep doors and windows locked and locked, especially at night.
  • Check with security officers of the police and gendarmerie the authenticity by means of an ID card.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not share any data about yourself, but make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

 

 

Travel documents:

 

Passport:

A passport is generally required and must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry.

 

Traveling with children:

German: Children need their own identification document, which must always be provided with a photo. (Children's passport)

Austria, Switzerland, Turkey:Own passport.

The same visa requirements apply to the children as to their parents.

Minors traveling alone should be met by an adult when entering Cameroon.

 

Visa:

A visa is generally required. This must already be applied for in Germany (or your home country Austria / Switzerland).

It is advisable to enter Cameroon on a visa that is valid for the entire duration of your stay.

A visa extension in the country is not provided for by law. It is therefore advisable to enter Cameroon on a visa that is valid for the entire duration of your stay.

 

Hints:

Border controls are very time consuming. You should keep calm and calm vis-à-vis the customs officers.

When leaving via an international airport, an airport tax of 15,000 FCFA per person must be paid.

Registration is only required for stays of more than three months with the local immigration authority.

 

Entry documents:

- International vaccination card with valid yellow fever vaccination;

- return or onward ticket;

- Necessary papers for the onward journey;

 

Note:

Since the entry requirements change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed, you should contact the embassy of the destination country directly before entering the country.

 

 

Customs regulations:

 

The following articles can be imported into Cameroon duty-free:

400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 5 packets of tobacco;

1 bottle of alcoholic beverages;

5 bottles of perfume

Daily necessities may be imported without restriction.

The import of weapons (hunting weapons) must be applied for.

When entering the country with your own vehicle, an international driver's license, an international registration, the green insurance card and a "Carnet de Passage" are required. Right-hand drive cars are not permitted.

 

Export ban:

Ancient works of art are not allowed to be exported. When leaving the country, a tax for wooden objects is required (10% of the purchase price).

There is an export ban and an import ban in the EU for ivory.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. Legally binding information and / or information going beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods can only be obtained directly from the representatives of your destination country.

More information for Germany at: http://www.zoll.de

 

 

Criminal law provisions:

 

- Photography is prohibited for: Official buildings (e.g. ministries and presidential palace in Jaundé), airports, ports, military facilities or police stations, telecommunications systems and anything that could damage the reputation of Cameroon.

- Police and gendarmerie controls must not be based on European standards. It often remains unclear on what legal basis certain documents or behavior are required.

- According to Article 347 of the Criminal Code, homosexuality is punishable by prison sentences ranging from 6 months to 5 years. In practice, homosexuality is not systematically punished, but is regularly punished in individual cases. Foreign nationals have also faced criminal prosecution under Article 347.

 

 

Illness / health care:

 

Medical care is better in Jaundé and Douala compared to the interior of the country, but it does not correspond to Central European standards. There are always bottlenecks in the supply of medicines, bandages and other medical consumables in hospitals. Travel health insurance with repatriation insurance is recommended. Also an individual first aid kit.

Travel medicine / tropical medicine: http://www.dtg.org or http://www.frm-web.de

Vaccination certificate required / recommended:

Yellow fever: yes

Cholera: yes

Typhus: yes

Polio: yes

Malaria: yes

Tetanus: yes

Diphtheria: yes

Pertussis (whooping cough): Yes

Mumps, measles, rubella: yes

Pneumococci: yes

Influenza: yes

Hepatitis A: Yes (B) possibly

Rabies: Yes

Meningococcal (ACWY): Yes

 

(1) Since Cameroon is a yellow fever infection area according to the WHO (Prov. L'Extreme Nord), proof of a valid yellow fever vaccination must be provided. Human cases of yellow fever are currently being reported from the southwest province of Cameroon. A vaccination against yellow fever is required for entry. Transit travelers are excluded if they do not leave the transit area.

(2) There is a risk of cholera infection, but vaccination is not mandatory. But - deviating from the official regulations - it may occasionally be required. Careful drinking water and food hygiene should be practiced. Find out more from your doctor before you start your journey.

(3) High risk of malaria year-round nationwide, including cities. It is transmitted by nocturnal mosquitoes. If left untreated, the dangerous malaria tropica, in particular, is often fatal in non-immune Europeans. If you develop a fever (even weeks after your stay), please inform the attending physician that you have been in Cameroon. Appropriate medication, an effective insect repellent, clothing that covers the skin and sleeping under a mosquito net is recommended.

(4) In order to avoid infectious diseases (e.g. intestinal infections), careful food and drinking water hygiene should be observed. Warnings are given against eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets. In general, water should either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before being used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes. Drinking water in sealed bottles is considered safe. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled. Mix dry and canned milk only with sterile water. Dairy products made from uncooked milk should not be consumed. Meat and fish dishes should only be eaten well cooked and served hot. Consumption of raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits peeled.

(5) Schistosomiasis pathogens occur in freshwater nationwide, so swimming and wading in inland waters should be avoided. Well-maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are harmless.

(6) Filariasis can be transmitted by insects. Use a good insect repellent.

(7) Typhus can be transmitted by clothes lice. Regular body and clothing hygiene should be practiced. Vaccination should only be considered in rare cases.

(8) Hepatitis A and C are widespread, and hepatitis B is highly endemic. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended, for long-term stays and in children and adolescents also against hepatitis B.

(9) HIV / AIDS is a major problem in the country and a major danger for everyone who is at risk of infection: sexual contact, unclean syringes or needles and blood transfusions can pose a life-threatening risk.

(10) In the north, leishmaniasis is occasionally transmitted by butterfly mosquitoes. Skin covering clothing and insect repellants provide protection.

(11) In the dry season (December - May) in savannah areas, there are epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds.

(12) Rabies does occur. Get medical help as soon as possible in the event of bite wounds.

(13) Typhoid and tuberculosis are common.

(14) Mosquitoes can also spread sleeping sickness across the country. Appropriate protection is recommended.

(15) Tick bite fever occurs nationwide.

(16) Poliomyelitis (polio) cases have been reported from different regions in the country. A valid vaccination protection is strongly recommended.

(17) In Cameroon, an increase in mosquito-borne Zika virus infections is currently being observed, which have a similar course to dengue fever, but can pose a particular risk to pregnant travelers. As there are currently no treatment options, good mosquito repellent measures should be taken. Pregnant women should generally refrain from avoidable trips to Zika endemic areas. Sexual transmission cannot be ruled out either (use condoms).

COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can primarily cause diseases in vertebrates. There is also the possibility of overcoming the species barrier, i.e. an infection from the animal kingdom can spread to humans.

Coronaviruses occur worldwide and are mainly transmitted by droplet infection. Sick people mainly show infections of the respiratory tract. Typical symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches and fatigue.In severe cases, pneumonia with bilateral lung infiltrates occurs. There is no specific therapy or vaccination against coronaviruses. A number of preventive hygiene measures as well as the isolation of sick people can be considered. Virus transmission from person to person is confirmed. The incubation time is in a range of 1 to 14 days or an average of 5 days.

Bird flu:

The H5N1 bird flu was discovered in Cameroon. Travelers should stay away from poultry and avoid all contact with live and dead animals. The consumption of raw poultry dishes and eggs should be avoided. Poultry dishes and eggs can be enjoyed well cooked without hesitation. In general, as a precautionary measure, thorough cleaning of the hands with soap and water or alcoholic hand disinfectant solutions is recommended.

Note:

No guarantee can be given for the correctness and completeness of the medical information or liability for any damage that may occur. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Emergency call:

Police: 112

Emergency doctor: 112

Fire department: 112

 

Traffic:

 

Traffic direction: Right-hand traffic

Compared to many other African countries, Cameroon has a relatively good road network. However, the tourist infrastructure has not yet reached a particularly high standard. Because of the high risk of accidents in road traffic, a defensive driving style is advisable, seat belts should be worn and no night driving overland should be avoided. There are many gravel roads. Many roads are not passable during the rainy season.

Outside of the cities, it is not advisable to drive in the dark. Due to technical defects in the vehicles and the irresponsible traffic behavior of many drivers, especially of trucks, the risk of accidents is much higher than in Europe. Police checks are to be expected, especially when driving a car, where you should be patient and nervous. Sometimes "motivation money" is required.

Bus: There are bus connections, also with modern long-distance buses (in large cities), in Cameroon. The buses in rural areas are often unreliable and sometimes dangerous.

Taxi: Taxis and shared taxis are available at set prices. They are not always in a safe condition. 10% tip is at the passenger's discretion. Because of the increased risk when driving a taxi, it is better to rely on a hotel taxi or a well-known taxi driver. Outside the larger cities, so-called motor taxis (motorcycles) replace car taxis. It is advisable to choose a trustworthy driver and reserve this for the duration of your stay.

Rental car: with or without a chauffeur are relatively expensive, there are branches in Douala, Yoaundé and Limbé.

Documents: An international driver's license and green insurance card is recommended.

 

 

General information:

 

Phone number to block the card:

EC cards: 0049-1805 02 10 21 or 0049-69 74 09 87;

American Express: 0049-69 97 97 10 00;

Visa: 0049-800 81 18 440 or 001-41 05 81 38 36;

MasterCard: 0800-819 10 40 (in Germany) or 001-63 67 22 71 11;

Diners Club: 0049-203 34 77 905;

Central emergency call: 0049-116 116;

 

Opening hours:

Banks: Mon - Sat 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Shops: Mon - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Post offices: Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Find out the exact opening times on site, as they may vary.

 

Electricity / power grid:

220/240 volts, 50 Hz, (occasionally also 110V);

Not uniform, adapter required.

 

Tip:

Porters and hotel staff receive around 10%. Usually the service charge is included in the invoice.

 

Time:

CET;

No summer / winter time changeover in Cameroon. The difference to Central Europe is 0 hours in winter and -1 hour in summer;

 

 

Embassies:

 

Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon

Ulmenallee 32

14050 Berlin, Germany

Tel .: (0049) (030) 89 06 80 90

Fax: (0049) (030) 89 00 57 49

Email: [email protected]

Web .: http://www.ambacam.de

 

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Cameroon

Ladenburghöhe 21-27

1180 Vienna, Austria

Tel .: (0043) (01) 91 47 74 40 or 914 77 44 16

Fax: (0043) (01) 91 47 74 48

Email: [email protected]

Web .: http://www.society.at

 

Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon

Brunnadernrain 29

3006 Berne, Switzerland

Tel .: (0041) (031) 352 47 37

Fax. (0041) (031) 352 44 27

Email: [email protected]

Web .: http://www.ambacamberne.ch

 

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Nouvelle Route Bastos, Bastos-Usine

B.P. 1160

Yaoundé, Cameroon

Tel: (00237) 22 21 00 56 or 22 21 72 92

Fax: (00237) 22 21 62 11 or 22 20 73 13

Web .: http://www.jaunde.diplo.de

 

Consulate of Austria in Cameroon

Avenue Charles Atangana, Olézoa district

Yaoundé, Cameroon

Tel .: (00237) 657 093 308

Fax: (00237) 377 175 226

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

Embassy of the Swiss Confederation

Rue 1811, n ° 42, Bastos district

Yaoundé I, Cameroon

Tel .: (00237) 222 20 50 67 or 222 21 18 57 or (mobile) 699 31 32 90 or 677 93 80 31

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Web .: http://www.eda.admin.ch/yaounde

 

 

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