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Central Africa: Visa-free travel for CEMAC countries beginning Oct. 31

Visa free agreement travel announced between Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, and Chad beginning October 31

04 Nov 03:05 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 10/31/2017, 12:00 AM until 11/7/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bangui). COUNTRY/REGION Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Chad

Event

On Tuesday, October 31, the leaders of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, and Chad announced the creation of a visa-free travel zone for the six member countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). Effective immediately, all CEMAC citizens with a national identity card or a biometric passport will no longer require a visa to travel within the union.

Context

Many countries in the CEMAC previously had bilateral visa-free travel agreements. A CEMAC-wide visa-free travel zone agreement was drafted in 2013, but its implementation was delayed due to regional insecurity.

CEMAC is an international organization formed in 1994, whose members include Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, and Chad.

Advice

Travelers are advised to contact their nearest consulate for more information. ​

 

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