Last updated: 10/13/2021
*** 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.
Chad has 5,032 confirmed cases, 4,850 recovered, and 174 deaths attributed to COVID-19 within its borders as of October, 12 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.
- 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Chad approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
- Are vaccines available in Chad for U.S. citizens to receive? Reportedly, yes, although we have not received official confirmation as of this writing.
- Vaccine sites include: l’Hôpital de la Renaissance, CHU Référence Nationale, CHU de la Mère et de l’Enfant, le CHU Bon Samaritan, l’Hôpital de l’Amitié Tchado-Chine, l’Hôpital d’Instruction Militaire, l’Hôpital Provincial de Farcha, et le Centre International de Vaccination.
- We are informed that prospective vaccine recipients should arrive to a vaccine site with a photo identification and two (2) photos.
- The U.S. Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please inquire directly with the Chadian government for more information about COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Chad.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
- 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 12 years and older.
- Travelers staying in Chad for more than seven 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.
- Antigen (RT-PCR) tests are also required on arrival and may be conducted onsite at the N’Djamena Airport. The cost is $40 per passenger.
- Vaccinated travelers who can show a vaccination certificate issued by Chadian authorities are exempted from the PCR test requirement on arrival and departure; except as otherwise requested by the country of destination.
- Passengers under the age of 12 are not subject to the above rules.
- 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.
- All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral or antigen test taken no more than three calendar days before 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
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 seven days.
- Travelers who will stay less than seven 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.
- 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.
- The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena will not accept regular American Citizen Services appointments from July 19 – August 13, 2021. The section will be open for emergency American Citizen Services, and emergency appointment requests can be sent to NdjamenaACS@state.gov.
- The Consular Section will not accept regular non-immigrant visa appointments from July 19 – August 13, 2021. Emergency visa appointment requests can be sent via email at NdjamenaVisaInquiries@state.gov.
- View the U.S. Embassy website Alerts and Messages page for updated information.
- The Chadian Ministry of Public Health has a hotline number 1313 for inquiries about the COVID-19 virus. The call is free and available 24/7.
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- 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.
- State Department – Consular Affairs - 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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