Chad

Welcome to Chad

For the adventurous soul, Chad will be a fulfilling destination. The safety of the country comes and goes, and should you be fortunate enough to find yourself there during a peaceful period, there’s much to experience.

Explore Lake Chad and the Tibesti Mountains. Marvel at the unusual rock formations of the Ennedi Region in the Sahara Desert. Search for wildlife in Zakouma National Park. Wander the alleyways of the Grand Market in N’Djamena. And get to the root of it all at the Chad National Museum, a treasure trove of artifacts and medieval items from stone heads to the skull of a sahelanthropus.

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Unique Facts

  • There are three distinct climatic regions in Chad: the Sahara Desert, the transitional Sahel Belt and topical Southern Chad.
  • The largest wetland in the country is Lake Chad, an important water source for Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.
  • If you visit the Tibesti Mountains, you’ll likely see a camel race, a popular sport with the Toubou tribe that resides in these parts.
  • Throughout Cameroon, you may hear the music of the kakaki, a long metal trumpet often played during traditional ceremonies. Whomever is especially adept at playing the kakaki garners respect within the community. The instrument is indigenous to the Hausa people and signifies power.
  • Chad’s national symbols are the goat (northern area of the country) and the lion (southern area of the country).
  • Grains are the main food source in Chad, including millet, sorghum and rice. You’ll likely see boule on the menu, a thick grainy porridge.

Language

Chad’s official languages are French and Arabic.

When To Go

The best time to go to Chad is from October or November through March – the dry season.

Airports

N’Djamena International Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid for six months beyond arrival date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

Yes

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting Chad: Measles, Polio and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid vaccines. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Cholera, Meningitis, Yellow Fever and Rabies vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types D, E and F. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Central African CFA Franc

Getting Around

Be aware that road conditions in Chad vary significantly from those in the United STates. In N’Djamena, the main roads are paved. Secondary roads are dirt and gravel and very rutted. Many roads become impassable from mid-June to mid-September.

Hire private transportation to get about the country.

Driver’s License

A valid US driver’s license and international driving permit are required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy N’Djamena
Chagoua Roundpoint
B.P. 413
N’Djamena, Chad
Telephone: +235 22 51 50 17 (Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Emergency after-hours telephone: +235 63 51 78 00
Fax: +235 22 53 91 02
NdjamenaACS@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

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Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Ambulance: 112
Police: 117

Safety and Security

The crime rate is high in Chad, including violent and petty crime.

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