Health Alert: COVID-19 Update (November 4, 2021)
Last updated: 11/04/2021
*** Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) airline passengers traveling to the United States, must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Order prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. All vaccinated airline passengers (including U.S. citizens) to the United States must also provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Unvaccinated U.S. citizen travelers, and children between the ages of 2 and 17 travelling without a vaccinated parent or guardian, must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within one calendar day of traveling. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 who are not fully vaccinated may board a flight to the United States with a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test conducted no more than 3 days before departure if traveling accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or guardians. All travelers to the United States by air must attest to both their vaccination and testing situation. Check the CDC website for additional information.
Chad has 5,105 confirmed cases and 175 deaths attributed to COVID-19 within its borders as of November 2, 2021.
Schools, universities, churches, mosques, markets, restaurants, and bars are open. There is no nationwide curfew.
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 3 days? 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 PCR test costs 15,000 FCFA (approximately USD $30) for vaccinated and 40, 000 FCFA (approximately USD $70) for unvaccinated travelers.
- 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? Yes.
- 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 of age and older.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Travelers 12 years of age and older must also submit to an Antigen (RT-PCR) test on arrival which may be conducted onsite at the N’Djamena Airport. The Antigen test is free.
- All passengers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test conducted by Laboratoire PNT or the mobile laboratory for l’Hopital Amitié Tchad-Chine upon departure. The PCR test costs 15,000 FCFA (approximately USD $30) for vaccinated and 40, 000 FCFA (approximately USD $70) for unvaccinated travelers.
- Vaccinated travelers who can show a vaccination certificate issued by Chadian authorities are exempted from the PCR test requirement on 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- 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.
- 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-19Traveler 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
- Chad Country Information
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