Chad

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Chad is located in Central Africa, spanning from the deserts of North Africa to the tropical areas farther to the south. A largely semi-desert country, Chad is rich in gold and uranium and stands to benefit from its recently-acquired status as an oil-exporting state. The linguistic diversity of the population—over 130 language groups—makes it an important focus for Bible translation and MAST.

 

 

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MAST

Visa:

  • It is easier to obtain a short term business visa than tourist. There are not as many documents required
  • Visas 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 this Embassy of Chad..
  • Passport with at least six months remaining before expiration.
  • Attach two passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
  • A business letter of responsibility is required, to be typewritten on your company letterhead.
  • 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.
  • The process of obtaining Letter of Invitation and Visa takes a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks.


Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead

 

Medical:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Chad for the most up to date travel information.
  • 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.

 

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.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • 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.
  • 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 Chad so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.