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Central African Republic

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The Central African Republic, or simply Central Africa, is a landlocked country located in Central Africa. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo to the south, and Cameroon to the west.

Capital: Bangui

Official languages: French, Sango

Currency: Central African CFA Franc

Government: Republic

Population: 5,457 million (2021) World Bank

Continent: Africa

Gross Domestic Product: 2,516 billion USD (2021) World Bank

Required: Yellow fever. You must travel with the international vaccination card, which must be shown to the health authorities when entering the country.

Recommended: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever and Meningitis

What to know before you travel..


Security

Armed conflict and crime:

Traveling around the country is discouraged. Not even the capital itself is currently safe. It is recommended never to ride alone, especially at night.

High risk areas: (must be avoided)

The entire country is in a high-risk area, not even the presence of international troops can guarantee security in the areas where they are deployed, so it is recommended to avoid traveling to the country.

Security risks can come from both attacks by armed groups and common criminal acts due to the non-existence of security forces in RCA.

The neighborhoods of PK3, PK5, PK12 in Bangui and the cities of Bambari, Berberati, Bossangoa, Ndele, Sibut and Kabo, among many others, as well as the Bangui-Garoua-Boulai highway, are especially dangerous.

Medium risk areas:

None.

Trouble-free areas:

None.

A difficult political situation

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the region and is also experiencing one of the most forgotten crises in the world. It is characterized by continuous and deep structural deficiencies, the consequences of which have spread for years due to the political and military crisis.

 

Foreign exchange

Although in theory all kinds of currencies with international currency are accepted, the reality is that only the change of the dollar (very unfavorable exchange) and the Euro are accepted, the most recommended with which you obtain a direct change of 1 Euro = 655,957 FCFA.

The credit card, and only VISA, can only be used in the agencies of the airline companies -and not always- and of some hotels belonging to an international chain.

 

Currency

The official currency is the CFA franc, common to the member countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC).

Official languages: Sango and French

Religion: Approximately 25% is Catholic, 25% is Protestant and 15% Muslim mainly in the North. The rest is animist.

 

Mobile telephony and Internet in the Central African Republic

Compared to the world average, the Central African Republic lags behind massively in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +236 there were a total of 1.83 million connections in 2021. Among them were 1.83 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.34 per person. Worldwide, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With approximately twenty web servers, the Central African Republic is below the world average by population. By the end of 2020, six of them, or around 30%, were protected with SSL or comparable encryption.

Voltage: 220V

Frequency: 50Hz

Pegs: Type

 

Climate zone: Tropics

The climate in the Central African Republic is very warm, with an annual average of 33 degrees, but it has few truly tropical and muggy months. It’s hot all year. The warmest and rainiest part of the country is Vakaga. The coldest is Nana-Mambéré. Due to the drier season, the best time to travel is from November to March. The most frequent rainy days are from May to October.

 

Food

One of the country’s traditional dishes is called fufu, a starchy dish made from fermented cassava, and is also used as a garnish item for grilled meat. The meat of game animals from the forests is the most traditional for the town. The country’s food specialties include muamba de galinha, a chicken dish with palm oil and okra, foutou, or mashed plantains served with sauces, soups, or stews to make a simple meal; shrimp with boiled yams or sweet potatoes; chicken with cumin or aromatic seed stew; and Spinach Stew with Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Peanut Butter, Chili Peppers, and Onions. People’s favorite dishes include plant peanut stew containing chicken, ginger, okra and other spices; and bambara, a rice porridge with peanut butter and sugar. Beef and chicken remain his favorite meat dish. At the stalls, one can find Makara or homemade fried bread, sandwiches and grilled meats.

 

Others

It is advisable to take a certified photocopy of the passport (personal data page and the entry visa page) at a police station, and take only the essential money with you.

It is highly recommended to have medical and travel insurance, especially that provides for repatriation in the event of a health emergency.

It is prohibited to photograph military sites and emplacements, airports and ports.

The possession, use or illegal trafficking of drugs constitute serious crimes under the legislation of the Central African Republic, with severe financial penalties and deprivation of liberty.

You must, at all times, respect the rules of the country. It is also worth bearing in mind the need to show the utmost respect for local customs and traditions.

The relationship between people of the same sex is considered a crime in the Central African Republic. It is recommended not to show affection in public between same-sex couples.

The purchase, traffic and export of diamonds and precious stones is prohibited except if it is done through agents expressly authorized by the Government.

If necessary, you can go to the Honorary Consulate of Spain and, where appropriate, to the French Embassy in Bangui.