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The small country Cameroon gathers everything that Africa has to offer: dense rainforests, volcanic mountain massifs with sparkling crater lakes, wide savannas where African wild animals live and paradise beaches. Hence it is nicknamed „Africa in Miniature“.

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Landscape

Mont Cameroun is not only the highest mountain at 4,070m in West and Central Africa but also an active volcano. The surrounding crater lakes and mountain regions, which are among the richest in species in the world, invite to go on trekking tours. Tropical rainforests are in strong contrast to the semi-deserts, thorn-bush steppes and savannahs that cover the country. The northern tip of the country is located in the Sahel zone, the transition from the Sahara to the wet savannah.

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Safari

The country offers habitat for countless animal species. For safaris, the well accessible national parks Waza and Boubandjida next to the Mayo Lidi river or the Dja wildlife reserve are recommended. A rainforest safari in the national park Campo Ma’an, in whose pristine landscape 1,500 plants grow, or Lobéké, the heart of the Sangha Tri National Park offers great adventures. Encounters with forest elephants and gorillas cannot be ruled out in the forest clearings.

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Culture

The culture of Cameroon stands out as well due to its particular diversity. Over 200 tribes with different languages and religions live here. The Kirdi receive their visitors in fortress-like round huts in the Mandara Mountains. The Koma with their special ancestral and death culture live in the hidden mountainous region Alantika. The pygmy peoples in the tropical rainforest are proud to pass on their extensive knowledge of nature and wildlife to visitors.

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Cities and villages

It is impressive that the state capital Yaoundé – similar to Rome – was built on seven hills. Therefore, the view changes when strolling from one colorful market to the next. The German, French and British influences from the past can still be seen in the various regions today. The fishing villages Kribi and Ebodje present the past with their architecture and historic bulidings as well as the nowaday’s life and culture of Cameroonians.

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Coast

The Bay of Cameroon is located at the Gulf of Guinea and is home to dense mangrove forests and paradisiacal, wide sandy beaches. The seaside resort of Kribi, which is surrounded by the most beautiful sandy beaches in the country, is particularly recommended. Only 8 km away one can find the 30m high and 100m wide Lobé waterfalls, which fall directly into the sea. On the beaches of Ebodje between November and January sea turtles lay and hatch their eggs.

Tourist infrastructure

Although Cameroon has a large road network, the condition is poor. The railway connections are rather unreliable and the use of intercity buses is not recommended. It is recommended to book certified transportation when traveling in the country. Taxis are available in the larger cities.

Average overnight accommodations of various categories can be found in the cities. Outside the cities, standards are simpler and options are limited. However, there are various camps and huts in the national parks.

Climate and travel season

In the south, at the coast and near the equatorial band, there is a hot and humid tropical climate all year round with an average temperature of 25 ° C. It is best to travel in the dry season to avoid heavy rainfall. In the south it lasts from December to March. In the north, which is located in the Sahel zone, there is a warm semi-desert climate. It is best to travel between October and March. The highlands, on the other hand, are cooler and it rains more. The climate around Mont Cameroun is equatorially hot and humid with high humidity, the region is one of the rainiest in the world. The period from November to early June is best for hiking there. At the top of Mont Cameroun there is an alpine climate all year round.

Visa and entry

Germans, Austrians and Swiss require a passport and a visa to enter Cameroon. The passport must be valid for at least six more months and contain at least one free page to stamp. The visa can be applied for at the embassies or honorary consulates in the particular countries. A visa for a stay of up to 3 months costs 160 € and up to 6 months 185 €. Everyone arriving by plane must be able to show a return ticket.

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Current accessibility

  • Information on entry:

    Cameroon has closed its borders. Currently only Cameroonian citizens and foreigners with an existing right of permanent residence (“Carte de Séjour”) are allowed to enter. A negative PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours is required for entry. In addition, another quick test is carried out on arrival and the airport may only be left if the result is negative. If the result is positive, the person will be transferred to a state health authority and possibly taken to a quarantine facility. An additional, 72-hour-old PCR test is required to leave the country by air.

  • Information on return:

    Since March 30, 2021, all travellers, no matter from which country they are coming and which means of transportation they use, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, before entering the Federal Republic of Germany. The PCR test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. In addition, travellers must register their entry at the entry portal www.einreiseanmeldung.de➝ before arriving in Germany and carry proof of the corresponding registration with them. For stays in high risk areas classified by the RKI➝ there is a 10-day quarantine obligation. The quarantine can solely be prevented when a proof of complete vaccination or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, was submitted on the entry portal. After five days at the earliest, travellers who are not vaccinated or did not recover from a Covid-19 infection can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. For stays in virus mutation areas a negative PCR-test, which must be performed at the earliest 72 hours before entering, needs to be shown before return and a fourteen-day quarantine must to be entered without possibility to shorten it.

    All travellers older than 12 years, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering Austria. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Since January 15, 2021, travellers must register their entry here ➝ („Pre-Travel-Clearance“) before arrival. With the above mentioned certifications a quarantine can be fully prevented when entering from a country classified as safe. The certifications can be handed in 24 hours later if no hotel stay is planned. For vaccinated people arriving from countries not classified as safe or from virus mutations areas the quarantine does not apply neither. Non-vaccinated people however need to present a negative Covid-test or a proof of recovery as well as enter a 10-day quarantine. After five days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early.

    All air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection within the past 6 months must register their entry on www.swissplf.admin.ch before or during arrival in Switzerland and need to carry the generated QR-code with them. Air passengers older than 16 years must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection as well need to enter a 10-day quarantine and present a PCR-test. In addition, they need to inform their corresponding cantonal authority latest within two days after arrival. After seven days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. The obligation to test or enter quarantine does not apply to fully vaccinated people who can present a certificate such as the EU Digital Certificate or a Swiss Covid certificate.

Für Einreisende in die Bundesrepublik Deutschland, die sich in den letzten 10 Tagen vor Einreise in einem Risikogebiet aufgehalten haben, besteht seit dem 08. November 2020 die Pflicht, sich unverzüglich in eine zehntägige Quarantäne zu begeben. Darüber hinaus müssen Reisende vor ihrer Ankunft in Deutschland ihre Einreise unter https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de ➝ anmelden und den Nachweis über die entsprechende Anmeldung mit sich führen. Nach frühestens fünf Tagen können sich die Reiserückkehrer Covid-19 Test unterziehen. Mit einem anschließenden Negativergebnis kann die Quarantänepflicht frühzeitig beendet werden.

ACHTUNG: Wer sich in den letzten 10 Tagen vor Einreise in Deutschland in einem Hochinzidenz-Gebiet oder einem Virusvarianten-Gebiet aufgehalten hat, muss bereits bei Einreise einen ärztlichen Nachweis oder ein negatives Testergebnis bei sich tragen und diesen bei Aufforderung der zuständigen Behörden vorlegen können. Der Test darf nicht älter als 48 Stunden vor Einreise sein. Darüber hinaus ist das negative Testergebnis auch vor Antritt der Rückreise dem entsprechenden Beförderer vorzulegen. Sollte es den Einreisenden aus etwaigen Gründen in einem Hochinzidenzgebiet oder einem Virusvarianten-Gebiet nicht möglich sein, sich vor Abreise testen zu lassen, können die entsprechenden Beförderer vor Abreise einen Schnelltest durchführen und bei Negativergebnis die Beförderung vornehmen. Der Beförderer darf den Test maximal 12 Stunden vor Abreise durchführen. Dieser Test muss den Anforderungen des RKI entsprechen: https://www.rki.de/tests ➝

Covid-19

Corona precautionary measures

  • Restrictions in the country:

    There are currently no significant corona restrictions in the country, but the safety distance should be maintained.

  • Mouth and nose protection:

    Mouth and nose protection is mandatory in public.

  • Hygiene measures in the country:

    There is currently no information available on a uniformly applicable catalog of measures.

Status: 27.10.2021

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