SPANISH OPERATORS TOUR IN CAMEROON FROM 18 TO 23 NOVEMBER 2016

The 31/12/2015

Message du Chef de l’Etat à la Nation à l’occasion de la fin d’année 2015 et du Nouvel An 2016

Yaoundé, the 10/02/2015

Discours du Chef de l'Etat S.E.M Paul Biya à la Jeunesse Camerounaise à l'occasion de la fête du 11 février 2015

When should you travel?

Tourists can visit Cameroon at any time during the year, depending on the place or the part of the country they intend to visit. The country is characterized by two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.

The country’s large southern area is characterized by a relatively long dry season, from January to March; a short rainy season from March to June; a long period of rains from July to October, which sometimes stretches to December, although the rain is not heavy and even scarce in November and December. Therefore, tourists must take this information into account if they want to make the most of their visit to Cameroon.

For example, in the West province, the months of June, July, August and September are very wet. In the Central province, the wet months are August, September and October. The Coastal and South-West provinces tend to be very rainy for the whole duration of the rainy season.

But in the large northern area, the two seasons do not show as much variety as in the south, so, in this part of the country, there is the rainy season from June to October, and the dry season for the remaining part of the year.

 

Entry formality

A visa is necessary to enter Cameroon. Tourists are advised to make sure they have a currently valid visa before they actually travel to Cameroon.

 

The health

The vaccine against yellow fever is obligatory, so it is necessary to have an international vaccine certification, which is required by the police control at the airport. Any other vaccines are optional. Tourists must protect themselves against tropical diseases, particularly malaria.

When tourists travel with a pet, they must ensure that the animal is also vaccinated, particularly against rabies.

It must be mentioned that Cameroon has first-class hospitals, with reference hospitals in Douala and Yaoundé.

    • General Hospital of Douala : www.hgdcam.com
    • General Hospital of Yaoundé: emergency phone no: 00 237 22 20 28 02

 

The customs

Tourists can import temporarily and under the allowance system the following items, for their personal use: jewellery under 500g., clothing, dogs and cats, two cameras (reduced format/10 films per camera), a portable video tape recorder, a pair of binoculars, small camping items and sport objects, personal toiletries, a child’s pushchair, three litres of wine, one litre of liquor or spirit, 500 grams of tobacco or 400 cigarettes, or 125 cigars.

Arms and ammunition require an import licence.

For the export of products of animal origin, it is necessary to obtain authorization from the environmental authorities.

For the export of art objects and other products (wood, iron, etc), it is necessary to contact the Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Crafts.

 

Banks y Hotels

See section “About Cameroon / Cameroon and Tourism Also, in hotels and restaurants, tourists can chose between typically Cameroonian cuisine and foreign cuisine, particularly European.

 

Taking pictures

Tourists can take photos in Cameroonian territory, except in the case of presidential palaces, airports, military zones, security and defence personnel, or aspects which may damage public morality or the country’s reputation.

For official events, taking photos or pictures for commercial purposes is subject to previous authorization by the Ministry of Communications (www.mincom.gov.cm).

 

Mobility

Travelling in all the towns in Cameroon is easy thanks to taxis. The taxi rate for passenger collection is 200 fcfa, that is, 0.030 euros. This rate is negotiable (upwards) depending on the distance to cover. At this price, the passenger is not the only traveller in the taxi.

There is also the possibility of taking a taxi for a journey by the hour, or for a journey for a lump sum. In this case, the rate is negotiable (a minimum of 1500 fcfa, that is, 2.30 euros). In both cases, the passenger is alone, with the driver, in the taxi. The fixed rate for the airport is 2500 fcfa (8.4 euros) between 6 hours and 18 hours, and 5000 fcfa (8 euros) after 18 hours.

Getting through toll points on the main Cameroonian roads is subject to the payment of 500 fcfa as toll fee.

 

Air connexions

For the time being there is no direct flight between Cameroon and Spain. But several airline companies guarantee air connections between the two countries, with Paris, Zurich, Brussels and Casablanca as stopover points. The main airlines on this route are: Cameroon Airlines (which operates flights to Paris, and the remaining part is flown by a correspondent airline), Air France, Swiss, SN Brussels, Royal Air Maroc.

Other airlines as well as Cameroon Airlines guarantee the connection between Cameroon and other parts of Africa.

 

Leaving formality

Only foreigners that live in Cameroon require a visa to leave the country. However, any person that travels by air, either on a domestic flight or an international flight, must pay stamp duty at the airport. The rate for this stamp duty amounts to 10,000 fcfa, that is, 16 euros.

 

Others

Local time in the summer is TU+1. In winter, local time is the same as in Spain.

Due to the country’s mild climate, visitors do not really need heavy clothes. Light garments are advisable, particularly if they intend to visit the country’s large northern area.

 

Useful addresses and telephone numbers:

 
Phone
Fax
Spanish Embassy in Yaoundé
00 237 2220 35 43
00 237 2220 64 91
 
00 237 2220 41 89
00 237 2221 08 25
Spanish Honorary Consul’s Office
00 237 3343 75 95
00 237 3343 93 34
 
00 237 3343 77 27
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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