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Country Information


Travel money

  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in euro (EUR)
    Exchange cash into local currency outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

  • Swiss Bankers Travel Cash is not accepted in this country.

Credit cards

  • Credit cards are rarely accepted. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.


Local currency / ISO Code
Equatorial CFA franc XAF
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
XAF 100 =~ CHF 0.21 ; CHF 1 =~ XAF 476.19 (04/2020)
Import local currency
up to XAF 20'000.00; must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; must be declared
Export local currency
up to XAF 20'000.00
Export foreign currency
limited to amounts imported and declared (minus exchange)
  • Euros are preferred when using foreign currency to exchange for local currency (especially outside the cities).
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Prior to leaving the country, it is advisable to spend local banknotes or to exchange them back into hard currency.
  • Exchanging XAF in Switzerland may cause problems and result in considerable exchange loss.

Time difference with Switzerland

+/- 0 h; - 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
French and English



Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)


220 volt

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival with visa, return or onward travel ticket.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Yaoundé, Angle rues 1811 und 1814, Quartier Bastos
Tel. +237 22 20 50 67 / +237 22 21 18 57 / +237 99 31 32 90 / +237 77 93 80 31

Opening hours

7.30 - 11.00 h and 14.30 - 16.30 h (Mon - Fri
7.30 - 18.00 h (Mon - Sat)


International driver's license required.
Minimum age: 20 to 25 (at least 2 years' driving experience depending on rental company).

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.
Vaccination against yellow fever mandatory.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Consult the media about the current situation before and during the journey and stay in contact with your tour operator.
Terrorist attacks and suicide bombings may occur anywhere in the country.
High crime rate.
Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Special legal regulations
Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.
Cultural characteristics
Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.


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