Foreign travel advice

Cameroon

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • Far North province
  • within 40km of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa state in Cameroon’s North and Adamaoua provinces
  • within 40km of the border with Chad
  • within 40km of the border with the Central African Republic (CAR)
  • the Bakassi Peninsula (as shown on the map)

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of North and Adamaoua provinces.

Since 21 November, there have been confirmed reports of clashes in Bamenda (north west Cameroon) between demonstrators and the security forces following an announcement by Anglophone teachers and lawyers to go on strike. The situation remains very fluid and has the possibility of escalation to other Anglophone cities and towns. You should monitor local media for updates.

There is a high threat from terrorism. The terrorist group Boko Haram is active in the Far North but attacks could occur anywhere including major towns and cities such as Yaoundé and Douala. In 2016, there have been numerous suicide attacks which have resulted in over 200 dead in the Far North region. Key targets have been large open markets, hotels, parks and sporting venues. There have also been attempts to take hostages and heavy gunfights reported in Babouang and Mbarang in Adamaoua region.

Boko Haram has publicly threatened Cameroon with attacks and further kidnappings due to Cameroon’s involvement in the regional fight to counter Boko Haram. There’s a heightened threat of kidnap to western nationals in the north of Cameroon, including in the major cities.You should remain vigilant and exercise caution. See Terrorism

There have been reports of criminality including large armed gangs and highway bandits, stopping travellers, taking hostages and demanding payment, particularly in the east of Cameroon, close to the Central African Republic (CAR) border. There are frequent instances of violence in CAR spilling across the border to Cameroon.

Nigerian military operations in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in Nigeria could have an impact across the border in Cameroon.

There are increased reports of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Take great care when travelling in coastal waters, including the coastline of Cameroon and the Doula port. Despite the high crime levels, most visits to Cameroon are trouble-free. Only a few British nationals needed consular assistance in the past year.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.