Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Checks and Valid Identification

This is a reminder to all U.S. citizens to carry valid identification at all times. Not carrying  valid identification may be grounds for temporary detention by the Cameroonian police or gendarmerie. Since the intensification of Boko Haram attacks on civilian populations in the Far North Region, Cameroonian security forces have stepped up security checks in and between cities and increased their screening measures at checkpoints.

Preferably, carry your U.S. passport with a valid Cameroonian visa at all times. Secondarily, a Cameroonian driver’s license can be used. If you are new to the country and your passport is with the local authorities, carry a copy of the bio page and the Cameroonian visa pages from your passport, plus any other form of identification such as an international or U.S. driver’s license.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Cameroon’s Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon, located at Avenue Rosa Parks in the Mbankolo Quartier, adjacent to the Mount Febe Golf Club, is open 8 am to 5pm, and can be reached at (237) 2220-1500 ext. 4341/4023.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is (237) 2220-1500 ext. 4531. The Embassy can also be contacted via e-mail by U.S. citizens at
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).