COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   04/19/21

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Chad has 4,706 confirmed cases, 4,342 recovered, and 169 deaths attributed to COVID-19 within its borders as of April 18, 2021.

Schools, universities, churches, mosques, markets, restaurants, and bars are open.

There is no nationwide curfew. However, a state of health emergency has been extended for six (6) months, through September 11, 2021, permitting governors to reimpose measures, including curfews, to respond to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Prevention measures and social distancing should be respected.  The government of Chad has made mask wearing compulsory.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Chad? Yes, in N’Djamena.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes, in N’Djamena.
  • COVID tests can be obtained in one of the Chadian hospitals entitled to carry out the PCR test. The PCR test costs 15,000 FCFA (approximately USD $30).
  • The test result is typically printed, and the hard copy is usually available the next day.
  • All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral or antigen test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. The CDC has also issued this checklist on the types of tests or documentation acceptable for airline travel.
  • Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis. Please go here for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Chad approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  No.
  • Are vaccines available in Chad for U.S. citizens to receive? No.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. However, land borders are restricted.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival is required for all arriving travelers 11 years and older.
  • Travelers staying on in Chad for more than 7 days must be tested again in a Chadian hospital authorized to carry out the PCR test. The PCR test costs 15,000 FCFA (approximately USD $30).
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
  • Visas must be extended at the immigration office in the commissariat central, and there are no automatic extensions. Travelers are advised to renew their visas before the expiration dates.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No. However, a state of health emergency remains in effect through September 11, 2021, permitting governors to impose curfews and other measures to respond to local COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information 

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? The following restrictions apply to any traveler entering Chad:

  • Arriving travelers must stay at home or in a hotel, respecting prevention measures such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent handwashing for 7 days.
  • Travelers who will stay less than 7 days in Chad are not required to quarantine but must respect prevention measures such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent handwashing and be prepared to declare the contacts they make during their visit.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • A 2,000 FCFA (approximately USD $4) fine and/or 15 days in prison are possible for non-compliance with mask requirements.

Consular Operations

  • Between April 26 and May 28, 2021, for reasons not related to COVID-19, the consular section will only accept emergency appointments for U.S. citizen services and all non-immigrant visas.
  • Outside the above-stated dates, the consular section is accepting online appointments for all U.S. citizen services, i.e., passport services, documenting the birth of a U.S. citizen child abroad, etc.  To make an appointment please check our website here.  If you have an emergency and, after trying, are unable to make an appointment online, you can send us an email request at NdjamenaACS@state.gov.
  • Outside the above-stated dates, the consular section is open for all non-immigrant visa appointments.  Persons interested in applying for a visa should consult our website or contact us at NdjamenaVisaInquiries@state.gov.

Local Resources:

  • View the U.S. Embassy website Alerts and Messagespage for updated information.
  • The Chadian Ministry of Public Health has a hotline “green” number 1313 for inquiries about the COVID-19 virus. The call is free and available 24/7.

Other links:

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena, located at Chagoua Round Point.
  • Telephone +235 22-51-50-17.
  • After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +235 66-62-21-00 or +235 22-51-50-17.
  • NdjamenaACS@state.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs -­­ 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Chad Country Information

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