Central African Republic facts and travel tips

The Central African Republic, or CAR for short, is located centrally on the continent and is rich in mineral reserves. Like many nations in the region, it was initially established as a self-governing colony before it was able to achieve independence. Despite the richness of its natural reserves, however, CAR is frequently listed as one of the poorest nations in the world today.

In 2015, it ranked last in terms of human development. What makes life difficult in the CAR is its physical location. Virtually all goods must be imported, which means they come at a higher cost. That makes resource access quite difficult for many in the region.

Traveling to CAR means understanding the current political environment. Since it achieved independence, numerous forms of government have been attempted – including a monarchy. A good rule of thumb for a visit to this nation is to practice war zone safety measures at all times. Local officials expect bribes for movement, so be prepared to pay or have personal items or identification confiscated.

When you do get into the country, there are some amazing natural wonders that can be found. The Chutes de Boali in particular, waterfalls that are 50m in height, are very impressive. You can also make your way into Dzanga-Sangha National Park to view elephants and gorillas. Try visiting the rainforests of Bayanga as well for unique encounters with wildlife.

A holiday in the CAR is challenging, but not necessarily impossible. With the right planning and enough local assistance, it could be an amazing adventure.

National Holidays

When are national holidays and no work days ?

See the list with the national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish Name
January 1New Year's Day
March 29Boganda Day
VariableEaster Monday
May 1Labour Day
VariableAscension
VariableWhit Monday
June 30General Prayer Day
August 13Independence Day
August 15Assumption
November 1All Saints Day
December 1Republic Day
December 25Christmas Day

Biggest cities

See the list of the biggest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not.

RankCityPop
1Bangui542.393
2Bimbo129.655
3Mbaïki67.132
4Berbérati61.815
5Kaga-Bandoro56.52
6Bozoum40.201
7Carnot38.071
8Sibut34.267
9Bambari32.547
10Bria29.027

Covid-19 / Coronavirus statistics

Travel restrictions / Travel advice

Any country may restrict travel without notice. For actual updates on travel restrictions see official website at gov.uk

Foreign travel advice

See actual travel advice on official website at gov.uk

Medical travel advice

Official and updated medical travel advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, see WHO official website

Medical recommendations

The actual medical recommendations during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak can be found at WHO official website

Local Covid-19 information

Below you can see the actual Covid-19 situation with statistics.

For actual updates about local restrictions see government website from the link below.

Central African Republic
14,923
Total confirmed cases
Updated on October 4, 2022 11:28 am
Central African Republic
14,520
Total recovered
Updated on October 4, 2022 11:28 am
Central African Republic
290
Total active cases
Updated on October 4, 2022 11:28 am
Central African Republic
113
Total deaths
Updated on October 4, 2022 11:28 am

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