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Foreign travel advice

Central African Republic

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Central African Republic (CAR).

British nationals who remain or visit against our advice should be aware that the FCO is not able to provide consular services nor organise or assist your evacuation from the country. If the situation deteriorates further, leaving the country by commercial means will become increasingly difficult. Flights out of Bangui are limited. See Local Travel.

Elections are currently taking place which may lead to an increase in tensions.

There is no British Embassy in the CAR. There is an Honorary Consul in Bangui, but given the current security situation he is not able to offer consular assistance. See Consular assistance

Tensions are high in Bangui and across the country. There are armed patrols that have set up several roadblocks across the country. Reports of violence, reprisal killings, looting and human rights abuses continue across the country.

Since January 2015, there have been a number of kidnappings of government ministers and humanitarian and UN workers.

In September 2015 there was a further increase in inter-ethnic violence, particularly in Bangui and Bambari.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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