Summary

The FCO advise against all travel to within 40km of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa state within Cameroon’s North and Adamaoua provinces, and to within 40km of the border with Chad. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of North and Adamaoua provinces. See Local travel

The FCO advise against all travel to the Bakassi Peninsula as shown on the map. See Local travel

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to within 40km of the border with the Central African Republic (CAR).

Cameroon has closed land, air and sea borders with countries affected by Ebola, as a prevention measure against the disease. Flights and ships travelling from or via Ebola affected countries are banned. Make sure your onward/return travel arrangements are flexible and take account of these travel restrictions. Land borders with Nigeria are subject to regular closures. Check with the Cameroon diplomatic missions in Nigeria before attempting to cross the land border into Cameroon.

During March 2015 there have been a series of kidnappings and attempted kidnappings of numerous people in or near Garoua-Boulai in the east of Cameroon.

There is a general threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Kidnappings have taken place as recently as July 2014, the Far North Province, an area to which the FCO advise against all travel. Boko Haram has publicly threatened Cameroon with attacks and further kidnappings. See Terrorism

On 14 May 2013, the Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Borno and Adamawa border Cameroon’s Far North, North, and Adamaoua provinces. Nigerian military operations there could have an impact across the border in Cameroon.

There have been attacks on commercial shipping vessels in the Gulf of Guinea, including the coastline of Cameroon around the Douala port. Take great care when travelling in coastal waters.

Despite the high crime levels, most visits to Cameroon are trouble-free. Only a few British nationals needed consular assistance in the past year.

In response to the World Health Organisation’s emergency recommendations about the spread of polio virus, the government of Cameroon now requires all departing travellers who have spent more than 4 weeks in the country to provide evidence of vaccination against polio. See the advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre about protection from the polio virus.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.