Central African Republic

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Central African Republic (CAR) is a country with staggering rare natural beauty and some of the world's most amazing wildlife. It's one of the best places in Africa for encounters with forest elephant and lowland gorillas, and the best place in the world, some say, to see butterflies. It's also one of the most impoverished and least developed countries on the continent.  There is a need in CAR not only for the translation of the Bible into numerous languages, but also for literacy and Scripture use work so that the Word of God can be understood and followed.

 

 

Quick Jump

MAST

Visa:

  • It is easier to obtain a short term business visa than tourist. There are not as many documents required.
  • The process of obtaining Letter of Invitation and Visa takes a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Passport with at least six months remaining before expiration.
  • Attach two passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
  • Letter of Invitation Form Host Company or Organization in C.A.R. needed before you apply for Visa.
  • Provide a copy of your return tickets.
  • Photo copy of International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.
  • Visas for three months are available with Travel Docs if you choose to use them, http://www.traveldocs.com/. They know all the ins and outs of dealing with the Central African Republic Embassy.

 

Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or the Team Lead for the MAST.

 

Medical:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommendations vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Central African Republic for the most up to date health/travel info.

 

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women: 
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.

 

Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • Small flashlight.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.

 

Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in CAR so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.