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Central African Republic

Central African Republic: At a glance

Capital: Bangui

Population: 4.66 million

Official languages: French, Sango

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 114

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Central African Republic: Travel Health Information

Prior to the ongoing conflict and civil war, Central African Republic was known to travellers for its natural landscapes and wildlife. There are many national parks, including Nouabalé-Ndoki and Manovo-Gounda St. Floris, where visitors can see elephants and gorillas.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Central African Republic may differ from your home country. Healthcare in Central African Republic is extremely limited and the quality of care is below international standards. There is one major hospital in Bangui, but very few medical centres throughout the rest of the country. Most medical care is provided by emergency non-profit providers and aid workers. There are some private healthcare facilities in Bangui that may provide a slightly higher standard of care.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Central African Republic typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation may be required for medical emergencies, with Western Europe as a common destination. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Central African Republic.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies is limited outside of Bangui and medicines may be in extremely short supply. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Central African Republic’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 Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.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

The majority of roads in Central African Republic are unpaved and poorly maintained. In Bangui, some roads are paved but are usually in poor condition. Due to ongoing conflict and risk of violence, unaccompanied travel by car is not recommended.



Central African Republic: At a glance

Capital: Bangui

Population: 4.66 million

Official languages: French, Sango

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 114

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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