COVID-19 Information for Cameroon

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Health Alert – Update on Entering or Exiting Cameroon – U. S. Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon (July 16, 2020)
Location:  Cameroon
Event:  The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that while the Cameroonian border is still technically closed, three airlines, Air France, Brussels Airways, and Ethiopian Airways, have been permitted international flights by the government.  The U.S. Embassy will not organize any further charter flights to evacuate U.S. citizens at this time.  Americans wishing to return to the United States should contact these airlines.  U.S. citizens seeking to travel to other countries should carefully review any possible conditions or restrictions on entry that may exist.

U.S. citizens seeking to fly into Cameroon may undergo a rapid test at the airport upon arrival and if positive will be required to be in isolation at home or in a government-contracted hotel at their own expense depending on their symptoms. If negative, they are required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.  Travelers must also present a negative test result from within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Cameroon.  Any updates to these requirements will be posted on Embassy Yaoundé COVID-19 page

Airlines may have their own requirements regarding testing and other issues related to COVID-19.  The above measures may be inconsistently applied and are subject to change, but U.S. citizens should be prepared for all of them and remain in close contact with their airline concerning all necessary requirements for travel in these difficult times.

For Emergency American Citizen Services, please contact us at YaoundeACS@state.gov.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Cameroon.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local news stations.

Assistance:

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Cameroonian Ministry of Health announced that on July 29 Cameroon had 17 255 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 387 deaths.
  • Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health has developed a preparedness plan for COVID-19, including active surveillance at points of entry, in-country diagnostic capacity at the national reference laboratory, and designated isolation and treatment centers. WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing technical support and closely monitoring the situation in Cameroon.
  • The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • The Cameroonian Prime Minister has announced that as of March 18 all land, sea, and air borders are closed until further announcement due to COVID-19. Recently, some airlines have been given permission to fly in and out the country. American citizens with questions should contact Embassy Yaoundé’s Consular Section at YaoundeACS@state.gov.
  • Air passengers who enter the country will have to undergo a rapid test for COVID-19 at the airport. If positive, they will be required to be in isolation at home or in a government facility at their own expense depending on their symptoms. If negative, they are required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. Airlines may also have policies requiring COVID tests within a certain time period of boarding, please consult closely with them.
  • See Cameroon Country Information link below for normal entry and exit requirements.
  • Passenger screening forms and temperature checks have been implemented at points of entry. There are temporary isolation booths for symptomatic passengers at Nsimalen International Airport in Yaoundé.

Quarantine Information

  • Isolation and treatment centers have been set up at Yaoundé Central Hospital, Laquintinie Hospital in Douala, Garoua Regional Hospital, and Kribi District Hospital for people who meet the case definition for COVID-19.

Local Resources

  • Local Hotline Number: 1510
  • View the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon’s most recent alerts.

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