Local laws and customs
You should carry a residence permit or a certified copy of your passport at all times. Failure to produce ID can lead to detention by the police.
Penalties for the use and possession of drugs are severe.
Buying diamonds or precious stones is prohibited except through agents authorised by the government. All cultural artefacts are subject to an export tax.
Be careful when taking photographs in public places as permission is often required. Photographing government property, uniformed law and enforcement officers, military installations and personnel, may lead to detention, fines and confiscation of your camera.
Taking photographs which the authorities deem as damaging the image of the country (street children, people with disabilities) is not permitted.
The situation is more relaxed outside of the capital, where people are generally open to having their picture taken, but you should ask first. You can get a permit for more serious photography from the Ministry of Tourism.
Satellite telephones should be registered with the Bangui or regional Agence chargée de la Régulation des Télécommunications (ART) Government Telecommunication offices.
Homosexuality is not widely accepted in Central African society and some sexual acts between members of the same sex are illegal. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.