Local laws and customs

Carry identification at all times (either a residence permit or a certified copy of your passport showing a valid visa). Failure to produce ID can lead to detention by the police.

Homosexuality is not widely accepted in central African society and sexual acts between members of the same sex are illegal in Cameroon. There were arrests and prosecutions of homosexuals in the past. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

Penalties for the use and possession of drugs are severe and usually include a prison sentence.

Photographing military sites, government buildings, airports and ports is forbidden. While photography elsewhere is not illegal, communities can be sensitive to people taking photos and may ask for money in return. Officials may also ask you to pay for a ‘permits’ to photograph certain places.

It’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade its parts without a licence. Cameroon is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which bans trade in ivory. If you’re caught buying or trafficking these goods you’ll be prosecuted and could receive a prison sentence or a fine.