Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates to COVID-19 Information

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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.

Transportation Options:

  • 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.

Consular Operations:

  • 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.

Local Resources:

  • 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.

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