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Cameroon

Cameroon: At a glance

Capital: Yaounde

Population: 24.05 million

Official languages: French, English

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Cameroon: Travel Health Information

Cameroon is known for its national parks and diverse landscapes, including waterfalls, beaches, and rainforest. Travellers can visit the museum within the former Palais Royal and observe rescued animals – including chimpanzees, gorillas, and other primates – at the Limbe Wildlife Centre. Kirbi Beach is also a popular destination.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Cameroon may differ from your home country. Cameroon has both public and private healthcare systems. The quality of care typically does not meet international standards due to a shortage of healthcare personnel and specialists, poor sanitation, and outdated medical equipment. Major cities, such as Douala and Yaounde, have good hospitals but access to care in rural areas is extremely limited.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Cameroon will require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Corruption is common in public sector facilities. As such, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Cameroon and where possible, opt for a hospital that has an established relationship with your insurer. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally widely available in urban areas, but access varies by region. Pharmacies may be unavailable in rural regions. Make sure to pack an adequate supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Cameroon’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

While some roads in Cameroon are paved, almost all roads – paved and unpaved – are poorly maintained. A lack of traffic signs may pose a risk to travellers. Many traffic laws are not commonly enforced in Cameroon. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Cameroon: At a glance

Capital: Yaounde

Population: 24.05 million

Official languages: French, English

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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