The Central African Republic is a landlocked country located in central Africa. Because of political tension and the high cost of living in the country, the Central African Republic is not known as a tourist destination, but it has a number of fascinating sights that will interest travellers.
The country is divided into more than 80 ethnic groups, each with its own language and unique cultural customs. The country’s main appeal is its natural beauty, rainforests, national parks and wildlife. If you plan to visit the Central African Republic, full travel insurance coverage is a must to ensure you are protected and have access to travel assistance in case you need it.
Travel advice for trips to the Central African Republic
If you plan to travel to the Central African Republic, you will need a Canadian passport that is valid for at least six months past your departure date. Travel visas are required for tourist, business and student travellers.
Refrain from taking photos of government or military buildings. It’s also recommended that you carry identification with you at all times. If you plan to drive, you will need an international driving permit.
It’s recommended that you to pack a medical travel kit if you plan to venture outside major cities. The crime rate is high and political demonstrations are common. Maintain awareness of your surroundings and take safety precautions at all times.
The currency used is the Central African CFA franc (XAF). Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are accepted in major hotels in Bangui. French and Sango are the country’s official languages.
Flash floods are possible during the rainy season (May to October), which can lead to road closures and other travel-related issues. Monitor weather conditions if you are planning to travel during this time.
Top places to visit in the Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is one of the best places to encounter elephants and gorillas. It’s also known as one of the best places to see butterflies. Since it is one of the poorest and least developed countries on the continent, accommodations do not have the amenities many people are accustomed to. However, it is the natural experiences that make up for it.
Some of the top places to visit include Dzanga-Sangha National Park, Bamingui-Bangoran National Park and Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park – which is a great place to see rhinos, lions, leopards and more.
Travel insurance for the Central African Republic
Africa is very different from Canada in many ways. If you want access to emergency medical care or travel assistance when you are in the Central African Republic or any other country in Africa, it’s essential to get a comprehensive travel insurance plan in case you fall ill, experience theft, have travel delays or require other forms of travel assistance. Whether you are visiting family, are planning a vacation or travelling for work, Blue Cross has top travel insurance solutions for you. Contact us to get a hassle-free quote.
|Population (2012):||4,525,209||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Sango, French|
|Diesel (2012):||1.69||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||1.71||1.23 (2013)|