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Travel Advisory: Chad – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
March 19, 2021

The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Chad and continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to Chad.

Chad – Level 3: Reconsider Travel                                            E C T H K O

Reconsider travel to Chad due to COVID-19, elections, crime, terrorism, kidnapping and minefields.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Chad due to COVID-19.

Chad has curfews that vary according to location. Transportation options, including flights, and business operations may be closed or limited.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Chad.

Country Summary: Presidential elections in Chad are scheduled for April 11, 2021. Expect additional police presence, military checkpoints, and possible roadblocks throughout the country during elections. There is a heightened risk of demonstrations and disturbances during election periods, as evidenced by past elections in Chad.   The government of Chad may impose travel restrictions as the elections approach, sometimes without notice, which may affect travel plans.  The government of Chad may block communications channels, including telephone service, social media, and internet.

Violent crimes, such as armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and muggings, have occurred in Chad.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreigners, local security forces, and civilians.  They can easily cross borders, including in the Lake Chad region; borders may close without notice.

There are unmapped and undocumented minefields along the borders with both Libya and Sudan.

The U.S. Government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad as U.S. Government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of the capital, including the Lake Chad Basin.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Chad:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to risk indicator information.

Consular Operations

  • The consular section is now 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.
  • The consular section is also now open for all non-immigrant visa appointments. Persons interested in applying for a visa should consult our website and onlineNIV appointment system.

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.

Other links:


  • 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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