According to ethnicityology, Chad (French: Tchad, Arabic: تشاد ) is a country in Africa bordering Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger. Chad has been independent from France since 1960. The capital of Chad is Ndjamena (N’Djamena). Some major cities in Chad are: Moundou, Sarh, Abéché and Kélo.
Chad is a country that mostly consists of desert and mountainous regions. The highest mountain is the Emi Koussi in the Tibesti Mountains with a height of 3415 meters. Many different tribes live in Chad, each with their own way of life and music. You will also find a number of National Parks in Chad where elephants, antelopes, buffaloes and giraffes live. The population lives mainly from agriculture and 80% of them live below the poverty line. Tourism is virtually unknown in the country because many rebels are active there.
Where is Chad?
Travel information of Chad
Official name: Republic of Chad
Area: 1,284,000 km²
Capital: Ndjamena (N’Djamena)
Country code: TD, TCD
Population: 16,877,357 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Highest point: 3,445 m (Emi Koussi)
Distance (Amsterdam – Ndjamena): 4,327 km
Flight time: approximately 6 hours
Current status: All travel to certain areas in Chad is discouraged.
Current color code: Orange and red. Due to this status, a partial negative travel advice
is in effect for Chad.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Chad 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 in Chad, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Chad. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Chad?
Weather and climate
Chad has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Chad can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Chad can be found at Climate info.
January, February, November and December are the best months to travel to Chad. This avoids the extremely hot months with a high chance of precipitation.
French and Arabic are both official languages in Chad. In addition, there are several local languages.
Would you like to translate from or into French/Arabic for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months upon arrival in Chad.
A visa is required. You can apply for this in person at the Chadian embassy in Brussels.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Sudan (also for Chad): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate in Chad: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Chad in Belgium (also for the Netherlands): rijksoverheid.nl.
Consulates of Chad in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Chad, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
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 Chad. 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 Chad people pay 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 Chad.
Prices in Chad are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -25% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (70% cheaper), food (50% more expensive), clothing (50% cheaper), cigarettes (63% cheaper) and public transport (86% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Chad it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 1 hour earlier in Chad.
During our winter time there is no time difference.
Chad has no difference between winter time and summer time.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Chad on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Chad you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Chad.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Chad.
In Chad you in some cases need a plug adapter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Chad 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: 17
– Fire: 18
– 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 Chad can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Chad can be found at Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Chad end in.td.
Chad’s official website: presidence.td.
The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Chad is 00235 or +235.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Chad? 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 Chad’s Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Chad.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Chad.
An overview of all public holidays in Chad can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in Chad, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Chad?
At Waarbenjij.nu you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Chad. 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 Chad can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Chad 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 Chad? 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 laws and regulations, which you may encounter during your visit to Chad.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: Unknown
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…80% of the population lives below the poverty line?
…The average family in Chad has 6 children?
…More than 200,000 refugees from (South) Sudan live in Chad?
…80% of the population work in agriculture and livestock?
…Chad borders no sea?