Getting In and Around
With the exception of those from a few neighboring African countries, Chad requires a visa and valid passport of all visitors, who must then register with the national police within 72 hours of their arrival. Visas should be arranged for in advance.
Except for the main roads in N’Djamena, almost all roads in Chad are unpaved and poorly maintained, but driving is the only method of transportation available outside the capital. Roadside bandits target drivers, particularly those in foreign cars, and there are few gas stations or repair shops. Most of N’Djamena is accessible by foot or car, although a few taxis hang around the wealthier parts of town.
Safety and Security
The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning
for Chad and advises that visitors avoid all travel to eastern Chad, as well as the borders with Sudan and the Central African Republic.
As in the rest of the developing world, exercise common sense, and refrain from showing your valuables or large amounts of money in public places. The U.S. Department of State’s consular website has a wealth of regularly updated information about safety in Chad
Additionally, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created a security ratings system called the Ibrahim Index
, according to scores based on each country’s quality of government. Before traveling to Chad or anywhere on the continent, check the index and do your research.