FCO Travel Advice for - Central African Republic

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  • There are credible reports that the armed rebel coalition Seleka have renewed their offensive against the Government of CAR and have reached Bangui.

  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the capital Bangui, where a curfew is in place between 23:00 and 05:00. We also advise against all travel to the provinces of Kemo, Ombella-M’Poko, Vakaga, Bamingui-Bangoran, Ouham, Ouaka, Ouham Péndé, Nana-Gribizi, Haute-Kotto, Mbomou, Haut Mbomou and Basse-Kotto.

  • British nationals in these areas should leave now by whatever practical means are available if it is safe to do so. Those who choose to remain should take all precautions and stay in a safe place with sufficient stocks of food and water. Those who choose to remain or to visit against our advice should be aware that the FCO are not able to provide consular services nor organise or assist your evacuation from the country. If the situation deteriorates further, leaving the country by commercial means will become increasingly difficult.

  • The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Lobaye, Mambéré-Kadéï, Nana-Mambéré, and Sangha-Mbaéré provinces due to continuing instability and reports of banditry.

  • There is no British Embassy in the Central African Republic. There is an Honorary Consul in Bangui, but given the current security situation he may not be able to offer consular assistance. British nationals requiring urgent advice should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on +44 20 7008 1500. See Consular assistance

  • There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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