Foreign travel advice

Cameroon

Summary

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

  • Far North region
  • within 40km of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa state in Cameroon’s North and Adamaoua regions
  • 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 city of Bamenda in North West region
  • the city of Buea in the South West region
  • the rest of North and Adamawa regions

Over the weekend of 30 September 2017, protest marches in the North West and South West regions turned to violent clashes with security. Seventeen protesters were killed and several more were injured. There is the potential for further unrest in both regions as protest marches continue. On 22 September 2017, several protest marches took place across towns and villages in the two regions. Some turned violent and several protesters were killed. There are transport restrictions, including the movement of people, in the North West and South West regions. In September 2017, 3 explosions were reported in Bamenda, one of which resulted in some injuries. You should avoid large public gatherings and demonstrations given the potential for these to turn violent.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Cameroon. The terrorist group Boko Haram is active in the Far North region but attacks could occur anywhere including major towns and cities such as Yaoundé and Douala. In 2016 and 2017, 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 and along the border between the Far North region and Nigeria.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.

Criminality by large gangs is also a threat more widely in Adamawa province. In January 2017, an armed group attacked a UN border monitoring team near the Nigerian border killing 5 people.

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

UK health authorities have classified Cameroon as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

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.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.