Chad Travel Guide: All you need to know to visit Chad in 2024
Welcome to Chad

Welcome to Chad

Chad can be challenging to travel to because it is expensive, isolated, and occasionally risky outside the city. Still, by making an effort and taking safety measures, tourists may have an unforgettable travel experience. Chad, a country in central Africa, is renowned for its bleak grassland landscapes scattered with ancient communities. In a nation where a pastoral way of life is still the norm, N’Djamena, Chad’s capital and biggest metropolis, is one of the few metropolitan regions.

Document Checklist for Chad

  • A visa
  • Passports – must be at least six months old as of the date of entrance and contain at least one blank sheet.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A travel insurance
  • Bookings for lodging

Essential Chad Travel Information

Currency – The Central African CFA franc is used as currency in Chad. It serves as Chad’s recognized form of payment.

Daily budget for one person: Spend at most $100 daily.

Languages: Over 120 native dialects are spoken in Chad, with two recognized languages: Arabic and French.

Socket type: types C, D, E, and F are the four plug kinds that are related. In Chad, all electrical outlets offer a standard 220V energy at an average 50Hz frequency.

Time zone – (GMT +1)

The top 3 cities/islands to visit: Abeche, N’Djamena, Sarh

Top 3 landmarks/monuments: Aloba Arch, Djoula Oued Arch, Aorounga Crater

Visa information for Chad

Africa’s Central region is home to Chad, ranked as the continent’s fifth-largest nation. The Sahara Desert is in the nation’s third most significant portion. Therefore, a Chad passport may be required for entry by foreign visitors who wish to travel there.

Typical costs and budget for Chad

Daily spending – Around $100 per person per day.

Meals – A meal should cost about 2,000 XAF per person.

Transport: Depending on how you intend to get around, daily costs for local transit could reach $32.

Hotel: In Chad, a pair can stay in a motel room for an average of $112.

Chad’s transportation options and best routes for trips

Although nearly all of Chad’s roadways are unpaved and in bad condition, driving is the only means of transit accessible outside the capital, except for the major routes in N’Djamena. There aren’t many gas stores or repair businesses, and roadside thieves target drivers, especially those driving foreign vehicles. Although a few cabs can be seen in the more affluent areas of town, nearly every part of N’Djamena can be reached on foot or by car. Taxis operate exclusively in N’Djamena. Although they only charge a flat rate, drivers anticipate a 10% gratuity, so be kind. Although there are few suppliers, both hired and self-drive vehicles are accessible. To hire a car, you need a foreign driving license. Since there are no railroads in Chad, taking a minibus is the most practical method to get around N’Djamena. These vehicles run all over the city. The quickest mode of transportation is a land cruiser, which gathers up and lets off people along the way because buses rarely depart at regular times.

Safety in Chad

Due to crime, terrorism, political strife, and kidnapping, think twice before visiting Chad. The danger is more significant in some places. The threat of violent conflict and social strife is still substantial, and the security situation is still unstable. If the security situation worsens, Chadian authorities might tighten the restrictions on mobility. The prevalence of violent crimes like carjacking and gun robberies is rising. It’s possible for local security personnel or individuals posing as them to attempt and demand money from outsiders. Avoid carrying a lot of currency. Do not drive at night.

Weather in Chad

There is hardly any rain in the north. Therefore, Chad is best visited in the winter and spring (between November and May) when the weather is milder and there is little chance of rain. The pleasant average weather during these months is between 68°F (20°C) and 77°F (25°C).

Famous cities and towns in Chad

Abeche City: Abeche City is one of Chad’s historical sites and is the earliest city to have served as the Kudan Sultanate’s headquarters. It still exudes an allure of the East. You can explore Sultan’s palace, the historic graveyard, and the mosque remains in Abeche City.

N’Djamena – The capital of Chad, N’Djamena, can be found close to Cameroon on the country’s southwest boundary. A significant market location, N’Djamena is situated in the heart of regions where cotton, cattle, and fishing are practiced.

Sarh: The famous Chadian city of Sarh is situated on the Chari River, 350 miles from N’Djamena, the nation’s capital. The region’s warm, humid environment is ideal for growing cotton, which is the primary output of the city.

Must do and see in Chad

Visit the Central Mosque in N’Djamena: the city’s physical, social, and liturgical hub. This mosque is visible from many locations throughout the city. In addition to the mosque, the compound has a library, a lecture theater, and two schools; however, visitors must understand Chadian Arabic to utilize these resources fully.

Take a stroll through N’Djamena: Despite needing more tourist infrastructure of Dakar or Nairobi, N’Djamena hums with activity, and even if you spend less time exploring the museums and monuments, you’ll still learn a great deal by the Avenue Charles de Gaulle, dotted with embassies, upscale eateries, and Victorian houses that harken back to Chad’s days under European control, is one of the finest locations to do that.

Typical Chad food to try

La Bouillie: La Bouillie is a meal made with milk, flour, and peanut butter added to rice or wheat. Always eaten heated, the meal is typically served for breakfast.

Jarret de boeuf: the traditional Chadian stew is made with meat and various extensively produced veggies in the country’s more fertile south.

Daraba: Ground peanuts, okra, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, aubergines, and green leaves like spinach are used to make this peanut and veggie stew.

Vaccine information for Chad

Yellow Fever is a danger in Chad. Travelers older than nine months must present proof of yellow fever immunization. As it is a high-risk region, you must take antimalarial medications since there is no vaccine for the disease. We advise you to meet with health professionals for advice.

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Registering for a Chad visa online with VisaBud is simple and easy.

  • Select your chosen Chad visa category depending on your intended mode of travel.
  • Pay online
  • Send us the documents using our pick-up and delivery service.
  • Upon approval, receive your passport.

The tourist visa is only given to people who plan to travel, live, or conduct business in Chad. A transit visa is only given to travelers who plan to pass through Chad within the next three to four days.

Two months before the date of departure is the earliest a Chad passport can be applied for. It is advised that all visa applications be filed ten days before departure to give enough time for visa processing.

The visa is valid for 30 days. On-demand visa extensions are available. The Immigration authorities in Chad, however, have an ultimate say.

Usually, it takes ten working days to complete a visa application.