Last updated: 21 Dec 2021



There is much to recommend in Chad. Its capital, N'Djamena, is a friendly and laid-back city with a wonderful Central Market, where the whole experience of haggling for African produce is exceptionally good fun. Zakouma National Park is located on an immense plain, across which the Bahr Salamat and its tributaries flow from north to south.

Lake Chad must be seen, not only since it was once the centre of Africa’s lucrative salt trade and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, but also because you may be running out of time to see it: Lake Chad is shrinking. The lake is best seen during the August to December period, when the water level is highest and the occasional hippo or crocodile can be seen drifting by.

Catch a glimpse of some of the best camel racing in the world in the Tibesti Mountains, home of the fierce Toubou tribe.
Capital:  N’Djamena (NDJ)
Currency:  Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
Language:  French and Arabic. English is not widely spoken.
Dialling code from SA:  + 235
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2022: 

Jan 1; Mar 8; Apr 18; May 1-3; Jul 10; Aug 11; Oct 8; Nov 1, 28; Dec 1, 25

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: November – May (winter and spring)
Best for: Safari
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage.  If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: In the Muslim areas, dress should be conservative and respect to religious customs should be shown.  Smoking and drinking in public is frowned upon. The right hand must be used for the giving or receiving of food or objects and the soles of feet should not be shown. 
Local Offences / Laws: All photography requires a permit. It is illegal to photograph military sites, airports and official installations. Identification should be carried at all times.There may be a curfew in place.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Check the local political situation before finalising travel plans. Travel outside the capital requires 4 wheel drive, but road travel is not safe and often restricted by the government.  Credit cards may be accepted at major hotels, but  do not have a wide use in Chad.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Chad by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 400 cigarettes (or cigarillos) or 125 cigars or 500g of tobacco (women are permitted to import cigarettes only).
• 3 bottles of wine and 1 bottle of spirits.
• 1,000 cigarettes or 250 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 14/09/2021

Chad is open for travel from most countries. Passengers are subject to additional PCR test at their own cost.

Testing requirements

  • Passengers aged 12 years and older must hold a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Passengers aged 12 years and over will be subject to a rapid test on arrival and a PCR test 7 days after arrival. Passengers will have to pay 20,000 FCFA for the rapid test unless they are nationals of Chad, holding a vaccine certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in Chad, or travelling on a diplomatic or service passport.

Exit restrictions

  • Passengers aged 12 years and older departing from Chad may be required to hold a PCR test certificate and/or a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate as determined by the destination country.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of the Republic of Chad
157 Banket Street, Cnr Dely Road & Club Avenue, Waterkloof, Pretoria
PO Box 12648, Hatfield, 0028
Tel: (012) 346 6054 / 0722 616 717
Fax: (012) 460 1596
E-mail: / 
Submissions & Collections : Mon - Thur 0930 -1130


Visa Requirements

Visas are required by South African passport holders.

REQUIREMENTS (ordinary SA passport holders) - PAX TO APPLY IN PERSON
• Passport to have a minimum of 3 blank pages
• Application form to be completed
• Copy of passport (Passport to have minimum validity of 3 months)
• Proof of accommodation or hotel accommodation from Chad
• An invitation or business letter for those who are going for business or tourism purposes to Chad.
• Employment letter from employer
• 2 X passport size photos (recent & colour)
• Copy of the passport information pages to be provided
• Copy of return ticket or confirmed flight booking
• Proof of means of subsistence

NB NB No fixed travel arrangements to be made prior to issuing of visa.

Visa Processing Time

3 Working days
Urgent: 1-2 Working Days

Monday- Thursday 09:30 to 11:30

Visa Cost

Business & Tourist Visa: R1300.00 (1-3 months / multiple) 
Urgent visa fees: R1500.00

Bank Name: Standard
Bank Account Name: Embassy of the Republic of Chad
Account Number: 061162752
Branch code: 011545
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

SA Representative

SA Embassy
Quartier Mardjan Daffac,
1124 Rue 3035, Ave Gaourang,
N’Djaména, Chad
Tel: +235 2252 2209/4006/2259/5450

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever 
Recommended:  Hepatitis A & B, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk