Chad has 1012 confirmed cases, 878 recovered and 77 deaths attributed to COVID-19 within its borders as of August 30, 2020. Schools and universities are open. Churches, mosques, markets, and restaurants (for take-out orders) are also open. However, prevention measures and social distancing must be respected. The Government of Chad has made wearing face coverings compulsory.
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 7 days of arrival is required for all arriving travelers 11 years and older.
- 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.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes (currently between 2300 and 0500 hours).
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, though such travel may be taking place.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes and No.
o 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.
o 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 for 7 days and be prepared to declare the contacts they make during their visit.
- In addition to arriving with a negative COVID-19 test result, each traveler staying on in Chad for more than 7 days must be tested in one of the Chadian hospitals entitled to carry out the PCR test. The PCR test costs 15,000 FCFA. The second test result is a requirement to leave the country.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
o Masks are required and a limited number of passengers is allowed for public transportation (e.g.: yellow taxi – 4 people including driver).
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- A 2000 FCFA fine and/or 15 days in prison are possible for non-compliance with mask requirements.
- Limited appointments for emergency American Citizen Services, such as renewing expired passports and documenting the birth of a child, are available.
Send an email to NdjamenaACS@state.gov if you require assistance.
- Visa services are suspended except official and diplomatic visa types. Emergency and mission critical requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Send an email to NdjamenaVisaInquiries@state.gov if you require a visa due to an emergency.
- View the U.S. Embassy website Alerts and Messages page 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.