COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   [01/16/2021]

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information: 

  • The Central African Republic (CAR) is under a level 4 “Do Not Travel” Travel Advisory due to COVID-19, Embassy Bangui’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens, crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping. CAR’s medical infrastructure is inadequate to deal with COVID-19 cases or any other health conditions.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • For symptomatic patients, testing is free and available at the Ministry of Health and Institute Pasteur.  For pre-departure testing, travelers should go to the Pasteur Institute in Bangui.  Their current hours are 7:00am to 11:15am Monday to Saturday and testing is first come, first serve.  Tests are approximately $75 and should be paid in local currency. 
  • Tests are generally available within 48 hours via email.
  • https://reports.unocha.org/en/country/car/card/7jsVXwSZcV/

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of the Central African Republic approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • The Central African Republic does not require visas for visits under 180 days by U.S. passport holders. However, not all airlines will board U.S. passport holders without a valid visa, so travelers are advised to check with their carrier.  If you arrive in CAR without a visa, expect long delays at airport immigration.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Not required, however, airlines may require a PCR test to board.  Check with your airline prior to travel.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, however, screening procedures are not uniformly enforced.
  • Visa extensions for three-months are allowed.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, due to ongoing civil unrest, not due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • U.S. citizens are required to quarantine for 14 days.  However, if you are a member of an international organization or humanitarian NGO, a quarantine is only required until you receive a negative COVID-19 test at the local Pasteur Institute.  The cost of the test is approximately US$70.00 (CFA35,000)

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, however airline schedules often change with little notice. Please monitor your flight status on a continual basis.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Public transportation is considered dangerous and it is not recommended to travel by mini-bus or moto-taxis (motorcycles).  Private cabs are available.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Not applicable.

Consular Operations:

  • Embassy Bangui does not offer ACS services. For ACS services, please contact U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon at +(237) 22220-1500 ext. 4341/4023 or in case of emergency +(237) 22220-1500, ext. 4531.  Their email address is YaoundeACS@state.gov.
  • Embassy Bangui does not offer visa services at this time.

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