Chad is not for novice travellers. If you are looking for a challenge and want a unique travel experience, this is the place for you. Landlocked in central Africa, the country is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own language, customs and cultural elements. The appeal of Chad is the opportunity to experience something that is completely different. The ability to see African wildlife in its natural habitat, experience new cultures and disengage from everyday life are what bring travellers to the country.
Important travel information for Chad
You must have a valid Canadian passport that does not expire for at least six months after your departure date. Whether you are visiting on vacation, for business or education, or to visit family, a visa is required. You must also check in with the police to get a registration stamp within 72 hours of arrival.
Always be conscious of your surroundings and take extra safety precautions. Be discreet, dress conservatively and respect all local customs.
You must have a permit to take photos, and if you plan to drive, you will need an international driving permit. The currency is the Central African CFA franc (XAF). There are no ABMs in Chad, and very few vendors accept credit cards; due to the high risk of fraud, use your card with caution. French and Arabic are the official languages.
Travel with caution during the rainy season (May to October). Road closures and travel issues are possible during this time.
Top travel destinations in Chad
Travellers can experience very different regions during their time in Chad. The country is divided into three geographical areas: the Sahara Desert in the north, Sudanese savannah in the south and the Sahelian zone in the middle.
There are three must-visit locations in Chad to include on your travel itinerary: Zakouma National Park, where you can see dozens of species of wildlife; Bol, on Lake Chad, where you can experience floating islands, boat tours and wildlife such as hippos and exotic birds; and the Ennedi Desert, where you can see desert lakes, slot canyons, prehistoric carvings and unbelievable rock formations.
Travel insurance for trips to Chad
Emergency medical travel insurance coverage is essential when you travel abroad. Hospitals and medical care in Chad are not free, and if you need medical care, it could cost you a significant amount of money if you don’t have comprehensive travel insurance. You never know what could happen when you travel to an unfamiliar country, and travel insurance ensures you get the travel assistance you need, when you need it, no matter where you are worldwide. Get a free travel insurance quote today and travel with confidence knowing Blue Cross has you covered.
|Population (2012):||12,448,175||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Arabic, French|
|Diesel (2012):||1.16||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||0.95||1.23 (2013)|