According to ezinereligion, the Central African Republic (French: République centrafricaine, Sango: Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka) is a country in Africa bordering Chad, Sudan, Congo-Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville, and Cameroon. The Central African Republic has been independent from France since 1960. The capital of the Central African Republic is Bangui. This is also the largest city in the country. A number of major cities in the Central African Republic are: Bimbo, Berbérati and Carnot.
The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. A large part of the population lives in poverty. The country has also experienced extreme violence in recent years. Inland there are several armed groups, gangs of robbers and poachers. One of the largest contiguous rainforests in the world can be found in the Central African Republic. These rainforests are home to many elephants, gorillas, red buffaloes, snakes and bongos.
Where is the Central African Republic located?
Travel information of Central African Republic
Official name: Central African Republic
Area: 622,984 km²
Country code: CF, CAF
Population: 4,666,368 inhabitants (2018)
Highest point: 1,420 m (Mont Ngaoui)
Distance (Amsterdam – Bangui): 5,467 km
Flight time: approximately 11 hours
Current status: All travel to the Central African Republic is discouraged.
Current color code: Red. Due to this status, a negative travel advice
is in effect for the Central African Republic.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in the Central African Republic that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Central African Republic, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to the Central African Republic. It is possible to book airline tickets.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Central African Republic?
Weather and climate
The Central African Republic has a tropical climate. The temperatures are between 23 and 27 degrees all year round. The rainy season runs from April to October.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Central African Republic can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of the Central African Republic can be found at Climate info.
January and December are the best months to travel to the Central African Republic. This avoids the extremely hot summer months, the rainy season and the risk of flooding.
French is the official language in the Central African Republic. In addition, Sango is spoken and there are a number of tribal languages.
Would you like to translate from or into French for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months upon arrival in the Central African Republic.
A visa is required. You can purchase this at the border of the Central African Republic (valid for 7 days).
You can apply for a visa for more than 7 days in person at the embassy of the Central African Republic in Brussels.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Dutch embassy and consulate in Congo-Kinshasa (also for the Central African Republic):
Embassy of the Central African Republic in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Before visiting the Central African Republic, it is mandatory to get vaccinated against yellow fever.
In addition, there are one or more vaccinations that are recommended.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in the Central African Republic. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In the Central African Republic, payments are made with the CFA franc (XAF).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
There are no ATMs in the Central African Republic.
During our summer time it is 1 hour earlier in the Central African Republic.
During our winter time there is no time difference.
The Central African Republic has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of the Central African Republic can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In the Central African Republic you must drive on the right.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the Central African Republic.
In the Central African Republic you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in the Central African Republic can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: Local numbers
– Fire: Local numbers
– Ambulance: Local numbers
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to the Central African Republic can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from the Central African Republic can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the Central African Republic end in.cf.
Official website of the Central African Republic: rca.gouv.free.fr.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the Central African Republic is 00236 or +236.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Central African Republic? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Central African Republic.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the Central African Republic.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Central African Republic.
An overview of all public holidays in the Central African Republic can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in the Central African Republic, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the Central African Republic?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Central African Republic. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in the Central African Republic can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in the Central African Republic can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Central African Republic? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Central African Republic.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Only the capital Bangui has more than 500,000 inhabitants?
…Christians and Muslims have been fighting a war in the Central African Republic for years?
…Diamonds and gold were mined for years in the Central African Republic?