Visa and entry requirements Central African Republic:
Entry for German nationals is only possible with a corresponding visa. The responsible for Germany Central African Embassy is located in Paris.
Visa cost: 75, - Euro
Information from the Foreign Office on her trip to the Central African Republic:
The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in central Africa with almost five million inhabitants. The state is bordered by Chad in the north, Sudan in the northeast, Sudan in the east, Congo in the south, Congo in the south, and Cameroon in the west. The official languages of the country are French and Sango and the national currency is the CFA Franc BEAC, 1, - Euro is about 655, - XAF.
The Central African Republic is mostly located on a plateau 600 meters high. There is a tropical climate throughout and the vegetation is mainly determined by different savannas. The highest peak in the country is the Ngaoui with 1.420 meters. In the tropical rain forest in the south live the last lowland gorillas and forest elephants. In addition, there are antelopes, buffaloes, monkeys, hippos, monitor lizards and various species of birds in the animal world.
The state in central Africa is the poorest country in the world according to the Human Development Index. Nearly half of the population is 16 years old, and life expectancy is also the lowest in the world, averaging only 49,5 years.
The number of illiterates among the population is almost 82%, a high proportion is infected with HIV / AIDS and two-thirds of all people living there are malnourished. Almost half of all 6 to 15-year-old children have to work there, unfortunately, there is still a huge amount of child trafficking going on in the country today.
The largest cities in the country include Bangui, Bimbo, Mbaiki, Berberati, Kaga-Bandoro, Carnot, Bozoum and Sibut.
Agriculture is the largest industry in the Central African Republic, although only a small area of the national territory is used for it. Tobacco, cotton, sisal and coffee are mainly used for export, whereas maize, millet, manioc and yams are only for personal use. The country's most important export goods are diamonds and wood, which account for almost 75% of government revenue. The industry is less developed there and tourists are rare.
The capital and largest city of the Central African Republic is Bangui with about 750.000 inhabitants. Bangui is also the economic, political and cultural center of the country. The capital is located at an altitude of 400 meters in the south of the country, on the border with the two Congo states.
Bangui's few attractions include the Republic Square, the Arc of Triumph, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Great Mosque, the Central Market and the Boganda Museum.
In August 2017, I visited the Central African Republic for two days. From the airport it went by taxi to the only 5 star hotel in the country, where I had previously booked a room for 270, - Euro the night, which I later even had to pay in cash. On the 30-minute drive through the city center of Bangui, I saw on the roadsides, from the only paved road, the quite pathetic life of the local people.
However, my hotel was a pretty nice facility and was hermetically sealed off from army, police and UN vehicles. In the later attempt to leave the hotel grounds, I was already at the hotel exit from the security staff due to the difficult situation held away. It was astonishing to see how a number of multi-headed local families sat at the buffet dinner for 50, - US $ per person, while the rest out there had to live in extreme famine. Due to the enormous corruption in the poorest country in the world, the relief supplies of Welthungerhilfe and the United Nations seem to arrive only at certain persons.
For me it went on the next day on Cameroon in Chad. However, before departure, I experienced the biggest chaos I've ever experienced at check-in, out of all my estimated 1.000 flights. This whole process alone took two to three hours, because every other passenger had to give up about ten pieces of luggage. Later, within 20 meters, it was exactly 5 passport controls, even before the actual passport control came. Although the flight was already half an hour late due to the huge amount of luggage, my passport at the actual checkpoint was not stamped and put aside. However, with the indication of a small fee payment, the process would be speeded up. In order to leave this country and not to miss my already delayed flight, I finally bought 10, - US dollars my passport and was then happy to sit on the plane.