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Central African Republic travel advice

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all travel to:

the whole of Central Africa Republic based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

The FCDO advises against all travel to:

  • the whole of the Central African Republic (CAR)

Travel to CAR is subject to entry restrictions

  • some incoming passengers have been asked to undertake a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test on arrival. If needed, you should arrange to take a private COVID-19 test.
  • some air companies and airports also require a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding to CAR. You should check with your travel provider.
  • you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Return travel to the UK is subject to self-isolation requirements

If you’re returning to the UK, you will need to:

  • provide your journey and contact details
  • self-isolate for 10 days

Check the guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to CAR, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

Consular support is severely limited in CAR as there is no British Embassy. However, the British Embassy Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo can provide limited remote consular support to British nationals.

A national curfew is in place in response to outbreaks of violence, following presidential and legislative elections on 27 December. This curfew comes into effect at 6pm and ends at 5am. You should follow the government’s instructions and avoid travel around Bangui during these hours.

Tensions remain high and there is potential for further violence across the country. Attacks on individuals and groups, including car-jackings, are likely and unpredictable. There are armed patrols that have set up several roadblocks across the country. Detention by police forces and armed groups is a common occurrence, primarily for CAR nationals, but also for expatriates. You should take extreme care, and take personal security precautions, if possible.

Terrorist attacks in the CAR cannot be ruled out. See Terrorism

UK health authorities have classified CAR as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

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