Summary

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

  • areas within 30km of the border with Libya, Nigeria, Niger and the Central African Republic

  • areas bordering Lake Chad including the regions of Kanem and Lac to the west of the towns of Mao and Bol

  • areas within 30km of Cameroon from Lake Chad as far as Léré

  • the regions of Sila, Wadi Fira, Ennedi, and Tibesti

  • the region of Ouaddaï except the town of Abéché

  • the region of Borkou except within 30km of the town of Faya Largeau

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to all remaining parts of the country including the capital, N’Djamena and the towns of Faya Largeau in Borkou region and Abéché in Ouaddaï region.

Before considering any travel, take professional security advice. You should follow your employer’s security advice and make sure the correct Chadian authorities are aware of your journey, you have in place the right permits if required, and you hold comprehensive travel insurance.

On the morning of Saturday 11 July, a suicide bomb attack at the main market (Grand Marché) in N’Djamena killed 15 people. The market has closed and movements in other public areas in the city are likely to be heavily restricted. You should take extra care and monitor local news.

There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. There is a threat of retaliatory attacks following the French intervention in Mali and due to Chad’s involvement in the regional fight to counter Boko Haram. The latest attack is the third in N’Djamena in under a month following incidents on 15 June and 29 June 2015. See Terrorism.

There is no British Embassy in Chad. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.