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Chad

If you’re travelling to Chad our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Overview

We advise you to avoid non-essential travel to Chad, with the exception of the capital, N’Djamena.

We advise against all travel to the following areas:

  • Any area bordering Lake Chad or within 30km of the borders with Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Libya and the Central African Republic (Chad-CAR border has been closed since 12 May 2014);
  • The regions of Sila, Wadi Fira, Ennedi and Tibesti;
  • The region of Ouaddaï (except the town of Abéché);
  • The region of Borkou (except travel within 30km of the town of Faya Largeau).

Latest Alert

If you believe that you have essential business in an area other than N’Djamena or the “Do not travel” areas listed above, we strongly recommend that you consult with your contacts in Chad before travelling and that you have a detailed security plan in place in advance of your trip.

We would recommend that you consult the travel advice for Chad of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office which contains a very useful map highlighting areas where British citizens are advised not to travel. The map is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/chad

Ireland does not have a resident embassy in Chad and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade will have only very limited ability to assist you should you get into difficulties.

Please check with your airline in advance of booking flights to N’Djamena as flights from a number of West African countries have been suspended since the outbreak of Ebola.

Emergency assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Chad, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Other EU Embassies

You can also contact the Embassies or Consulates of other EU countries in Chad for emergency consular assistance, advice and support.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

Safety and security

Practical advice

  • Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency

Security

Despite recent stability, and while there are no known threats against Irish citizens, Chad’s historically volatile security environment could deteriorate unexpectedly, particularly in the north, the east and border areas. There is also is a risk that the Boko Haram insurgency could spill across the Nigerian border.

N’Djamena

In the case of the capital N’Djamena, we recommend that you travel around the city in daylight hours only, and that you avoid walking on the street.

Incidents of robbery, carjacking at gunpoint, and murder have been reported throughout the country including in N’Djamena.

Kidnapping

While there have been no recent reports of kidnapping for ransom, regional trends suggest that this remains a potential threat.

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Muslim culture

Chad is a predominantly Muslim country in which Islamic law, customs and dress are universally respected. You should respect them fully. You may not seek to convert Muslims to other faiths.

When travelling in Chad, take care not to offend local culture or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or other religious festivals. Be conscious of your dress and behaviour if you intend to visit places of worship.

During Ramadan, Muslims are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours. To avoid offence, you should not eat, drink or smoke in public during this time. Guide books, local hoteliers and tour guides can be good sources of information for how to behave and dress respectfully.

LGBT

While there are no specific laws targeting LGBT persons, homosexuality is not widely accepted in Central African societies.

It is probably best to avoid all public displays of affection regardless of your sexual orientation.

Photography

Photographing of airports, government buildings and military sites is prohibited and all other photography requires a permit.

Personal Identification

Ensure that you carry identification at all times as failure to produce identification can led to detention by the police.

Illegal drugs

Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Chad are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Satellite Phones

Satellite phone are illegal in Chad.

Health

Health services in Chad are limited and emergency services do not exist.

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Water

Avoid swimming or paddling in fresh water due to the risk of Bilharzia (Schistosomiasis).

Use bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth and avoid ice unless you are sure that it was made from bottled water.

Vaccinations

Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

A Yellow Fever vaccination cert is a pre-entry requirement. Consult your GP as regards other vaccinations and malaria.

Medication

Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.

Additional information

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Chad and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Chad there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.

You should contact the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Climate

Chad has a hot, tropical climate with a May-October rainy season, mostly in the south.

More advice

Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Chad so we can’t verify detailed travel advice to ensure that it’s accurate, appropriate and up to date. However, we encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries: