Event: The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) clarified changes to its visa policy February 8. Effective immediately, anyone entering CAR to work for any embassy or international organization must first request permission from the CAR Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The sponsoring organization for the employee/representative must submit an application to the MFA in Bangui. If the application is approved, the MFA will inform the Central African Republic Embassy where the individual will next need to apply for a visa. The government of the Central African Republic stipulates that upon arrival, the individual must apply for a residency permit (Titre de Sejour) for any stay longer than three months. Failure to follow these policies may result in the imposition of fines, deportation, and/or law enforcement action, to include imprisonment. In addition, visa policy for tourists has not changed. Please direct any questions about visa applications to the CAR Embassy in your location or to the MFA in Bangui.
Actions to Take:
- Always carry proof of your legal presence in the Central African Republic, such as a U.S. passport with valid visa or a residency card. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.
- The U.S. Embassy in Bangui does not provide consular services at this time. Contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde.
- U.S Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon
+237 2 2220-1500 ext. 4341/4023
+237 2 2220-1500 ext. 4531 (after hours)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Central African Republic Country Information
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