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Chad

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

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us on Twitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

Following recent political instability in Chad, there is a high risk of public protests, which may occur in N’Djamena and other cities. Security forces often use live ammunition to disperse protests, leading to civilian fatalities and casualties. You should exercise extra vigilance and caution, avoiding any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.

Travel to Chad

Travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must provide a valid certificate of vaccination to enter Chad. Travellers who are not vaccinated must provide a negative PCR test completed no more than 96 hours before departure to Chad.

General Travel Advice

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).

For the rest of Chad, we advise against all but essential travel.

If you believe that you have essential business in Chad, we strongly recommend that you consult with your contacts in Chad before travelling within the country and that you have a detailed security plan in place.

Ireland does not have a resident embassy in Chad and the Department of Foreign Affairs will have only very limited ability to assist you should you get into difficulties. 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 may contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin at +353 (0)1 408 2000.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation, including Chad.

Safety and Security

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

The security situation remains volatile with a heightened risk of violent conflict and civil unrest.

Any Irish citizens currently in Chad are strongly advised, to exercise extra vigilance and caution, and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.

There is a high risk of terrorism in Chad. An attack could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. There is also a heightened threat of kidnap in Chad.

A state of emergency remains in place for the Lake Chad region. There is an active insurgency ongoing in and around Lake Chad, including within Chadian borders.

In April 2021, rebels entered north-western Chad from Libya before being repelled by Chadian forces. The President of Chad was killed in the fighting.

N’Djamena

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

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.

Photographing of military sites, government buildings and airports is prohibited. Other photography needs a government permit.

Religion and Culture

Chad is a predominantly Muslim country in which Islamic law, customs and dress are generally observed. 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

As of 2017, same-sex sexual activity is a criminal offence in Chad. Those who break this law can face imprisonment of up to two years and a fines of up to 500,000 CFA francs.

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

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

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.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Irish citizens who require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on +353 1 408 2000.

The Duty Officer will refer the matter to the Embassy.

Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Maitama
Abuja
Nigeria

Tel: +234 9 462 1080

Monday to Thursday 09:00-16:00; Friday 09:00-12:00

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