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A valid passport, Cameroon visa, evidence of
yellow-fever vaccination, and current immunization records are
required, and travelers may be denied entry if they lack the proper
documentation. Passports must be valid for six months from the date of
arrival in Cameroon. Visas are not available upon arrival, and must be
secured ahead of time.
People of all ages staying in Cameroon for longer than
four weeks may be required to show proof of polio vaccination when
departing Cameroon. Polio vaccine must be received between four weeks
and 12 months before the date of departure from Cameroon and should be
officially documented on a yellow vaccination card.
Cameroonian-born U.S. citizens do not have dual citizenship. As a
result, naturalized Americans must use their U.S. passports when
traveling to Cameroon. Also, there may be cases of hostility from
Cameroonian officials when dealing with naturalized citizens.
Travelers should obtain the latest information and details from the
Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon, 3400 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Visit the Embassy of Cameroon’s web site for the most current visa information.
Visitors to Cabo Verde must have a passport and a Cabo Verde visa. The
visa approval process typically requires several days. Cabo Verde has
two variations of the tourist visa: a single-entry visa valid for 90
days and a multiple-entry visa valid for five years. If you are unable
to secure a visa prior to travel, you may do so at any of Cape Verde’s
international airports (Nelson Mandela/Praia, Cesaria Evora /Mindelo,
Amilcar Cabral/Sal and Aristides Pereira/Boa Vista). This type of visa
costs 2500 CVE which may be paid in U.S. dollars. Visa credit cards (no MasterCard or American Express) may be
used to pay such fee but due to intermittent power at the airports,
paying in cash is strongly advised.
WHO vaccination cards are not required of if arriving from the
United States. However, the case may be different if you are coming
from Senegal or other West African countries en route to Cape Verde. If you are doing
the latter, ensure that your vaccination card is up to date to avoid
For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde,
3415 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007) or the Consulate
General of Cape Verde at 300 Congress Street, Suite 204, Quincy, MA 02169. While
overseas, inquiries must be addressed to the nearest Cape Verdean
embassy or consulate. The most current visa information can be found at
the Embassy of Cape Verde to the United States.
All Americans traveling outside the United States are required
to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or
re-enter the United States. As of June 1, 2009, this requirement has
been extended to sea travel (except closed loop cruises), including
ferry service. U.S. must now have a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport or passport card for entry or re-entry to the United States.
For U.S. citizens, visas are not required for short-term visits to the
Cayman Islands. Visitors traveling to work in the Cayman Islands work
must have a temporary work permit from the Department of Immigration of
the Cayman Islands, telephone (345) 949-8344. Travelers age 12 and
older must pay a departure tax, which is regularly included in airfare.
For further information travelers may contact Cayman Islands Department of Tourism offices in Miami, New York, Houston and Chicago.
The Central Africa Republic requires visitors to have a passport with at least 6 months validity and
proof of current yellow fever inoculation. Visas are not required for
stays less than 180 days. However, Americans are advised to check with
the airline well ahead of travel as there are some who may still
require visas to allow boarding. For the latest information and
the Embassy of the Central African Republic, 2704 Ontario Road, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20009. Overseas, inquiries should be made to the
Central African Republic Embassy or Consulate. NOTE: The French Embassy
may issue visas in countries where no Central African Republic
diplomatic mission exists.
Travel within the CAR is restricted, and proper paperwork is
needed to travel outside of Bangui. Visitors should check with the
authorities in Bangui, such as the Gendarmerie National, and/or the
U.S. Embassy about possible restrictions in the areas where they wish
A valid passport and Chad visa are required. Passports must have
at least 6 months validity and 2 visa pages. The government also
requires all visitors to show proof of yellow fever vaccination or a
medical waiver before granting entry. Immunizations are available at
the airport for a fee. Visitors must check in with the
National Police and obtain a registration stamp within 72 hours of
arrival. Further entry information may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Chad, 2002 R Street NW, Washington DC 20009. Overseas, inquiries should be made at the nearest Chadian embassy or consulate.
Airport visas are no longer available for visitors with tourism or
business purposes. Travelers bearing official or tourist passports must
obtain a visa prior to travelling to Chad. Airport visas are now only
available to those with diplomatic passports and even they should
request for a notify Chad’s immigration office ahead of time.
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Visitors to Comoros must have a passport and onward/return ticket.
Visas may be obtained from the Comoran Mission to the United Nations in
New York. A visa may also be issued upon arrival.
The latest travel details are available from the Mission of the Union
of Comoros, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 418, New York, NY 10017. Visitors may also
work through a travel document expediter to obtain a Comoros visa before they depart.
U.S. citizens must have a passport, Democratic Republic of Congo visa
and proof of current yellow fever inoculation. Passports must have at
least six months validity remaining. Without these documents, travelers
face the risk of temporary detention, passport confiscation, or fines.
Information about yellow fever vaccination clinics in the U.S. may be
found at the CDC web site. Visas must be
secured prior to arrival in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Even with the correct documentation, travelers have been known
to experience difficulties at the airport and other ports of entry to
the DRC. Visitors have sometimes been temporarily detained, had their
passports confiscated, or been asked to pay unofficial fines. In the
event of harassment, Americans are advised to contact the U.S.
Embassy’s Consular Section.
Journalists must have authorization from the Congolese Ministry
of Information in Kinshasa in order to work in the DRC, and are
encouraged to entry the country via Kinshasa. Mining areas are heavily
restricted, and visitors must go through a time-consuming process of
approval before they may visit these areas.
Dual nationals arriving in the DRC should carefully consider
which passport they use to enter the DRC. For departure from the DRC,
airlines will require a valid visa for all destination countries before
they will issue a ticket or allow a passenger to board. Airlines also
require that the passenger have the correct entry stamp in the passport
they wish to use to exit the country. Passengers who are unable to
leave the country on the passport they used to enter the DRC may not be
able to continue on their travel itinerary.
A valid visa for your next destination country may be required
before you are allowed to exit the DRC. All departing travelers are
required to pay a USD $50 airport exit fee in cash. This rule is
applicable even to U.S. officials.
Additional information about visas may be obtained from the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 725, Washington, D.C. 20036 or the DRC’s Permanent Mission
to the UN, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 511, New York, NY 10017.
Republic of Congo
A passport, Republic of Congo visa and proof of yellow fever
inoculation are required for entry. The passport must be valid for at
least six months. Visitors must also have a letter of invitation or
hotel registration. As of January 2010, the new Congolese visa must be
used by all visitors in order to gain entry. These new visas are a
passport-page-sized sticker with a map outline of the Republic of the
Congo in the background.
It is also important to remember that foreign visitors carrying the
local currency are not allowed to exit the Republic of Congo. U.S.
citizens are therefore advised to limit the amount of local currency
they travel with.
Additional information on entry requirements may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of the Congo, 1720 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009 or from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Congo to the United Nations,
866 United Nations Plaza – Suite 511 – New York, N.Y. 10017. Overseas,
inquiries should be made at the nearest Congolese embassy or consulate.
For entry into Costa Rica, U.S. citizens must present valid passports that will be valid for the duration of intended stay, and a round trip/outbound ticket.
Airlines should not permit passengers to board flights to Costa Rica
without a return/onward ticket unless they have Costa Rican residency
or visa. Passports should be in good condition; Costa Rican immigration
will deny entry if the passport is damaged in any way. Proof of
financial capacity amounting to USD $100 per month is required.
To stay beyond 90 days, travelers must submit an application
for an extension to the Office of Temporary Permits in the Costa Rican
Department of Immigration. Tourist visas are usually not extended
except under special circumstances, and extension requests are
evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Tourists who stay over ninety days
without approved extension may experience a delay at the airport when
departing, and persons who overstayed previously may be denied entry to
Costa Rica. A departure tax of USD $29 must be paid before leaving
Persons traveling to Costa Rica from some countries in South
America and Sub-Saharan Africa must provide evidence of a valid yellow
fever vaccination prior to entry. These countries are Angola, Benin,
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia,
Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Brazil,
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Venezuela. Travelers are allowed
entry no sooner than 10 days after yellow fever inoculation.
The most authoritative and up-to-date information on Costa
Rican entry and exit requirements may be obtained from the Consular
Section of the Embassy of Costa Rica at 2112 S Street, NW – Washington, DC 20008.
U.S. citizens must have a passport valid for six months, a Cote
d’Ivoire visa, and a certificate of yellow fever vaccination. Without a
vaccination, visitors may have to submit to on-site inoculation in
order to enter. Visas are should ideally be obtained ahead of time;
while airport visas are now available, request for such must be
submitted online prior to arrival. Refer to Cote d’Ivoire’s website for more information. Foreign travelers are
advised not to surrender their passports or travel documents to
individuals offering to expedite passport and customs services, as it
may result in theft or exorbitant fees.
Visitors who plan to reside in the Cote d’Ivoire must visit the
Office d’Identification Nationale to apply for a “titre de sejour”.
Note that exit permits must be obtained for all art objects
brought out of Cote d’Ivoire. This permit is issued only by the
National Museum at the cost of 2000 CFA plus 500 CFA per object.
Travelers may obtain the latest information and details on entry
requirements from the Embassy of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire,
Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007. Cote d’Ivoire has a
Consulate in Los Angeles. You may forward communication to PO BOX
311145 Fontana CA 9233. There
are honorary consulates for Cote d’Ivoire in San Francisco, Stamford,
Orlando, Houston and Detroit. Overseas, travelers should inquire at the
nearest Ivorian embassy or consulate.
A passport is required for travel to Croatia. The passport has
to be valid for three months beyond the intended date of departure from
the country. if transiting through a Schengen country, the State
Department recommends six months remaining validity on the
passport. A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders for
tourist or business trips of fewer than 90 days within a six-month
period. Foreign citizens must register with the Croatian government
within 24 hours of arrival by visiting the local police station. Hotels
or accommodations booked through a company will register visitors
automatically. U.S. citizens who fail to register may be fined and
charged with a misdemeanor offense.
Visitors must obtain a temporary residence permit if they are
already in Croatia and wish to stay longer than 90 days. Initial
temporary stay permits must come from the Croatian Embassy or consulate
in the United States.
Applicants for residency will need birth and marriage/divorce
certificates where applicable, and an authenticated FBI Identification
Record Request. Documents must be translated into Croatian and
authenticated with an “apostille” stamp. If an extension of an approved
temporary stay is needed, U.S. citizens should submit a request to the
local police having jurisdiction over their place of residence in
Croatia no later than 30 days in advance of the last day of authorized
For further information on entry requirements for Croatia,
including information regarding requirements for residency and work
permits, travelers may also contact the Embassy of Croatia at 2343 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, the Croatian Consulates in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
A valid passport is required for air travel to Curacao, and a passport
or passport card is required for sea travel. Visitors should be able to
show onward/return tickets as well as proof of accommodations and
sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. U.S. citizens may
remain in Curacao for up to 180 days, a period which may be extended by
the immigration office.
Departing travelers may be required to pay an airport departure fee.
This amount may already be included in the airline ticket price but
travelers are advised to check with the airline company to be certain.
Contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy,
4200 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, or the Dutch Consulates
in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston or Miami. Visitors may also
get current information from the Embassy of the Netherlands website.
A passport with at least 3 months remaining validity is required
travel to Cyprus. The State Department recommends 6 months since
Schengen officials assume that you will be staying the entire allowable
visa-free stay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days,
provided that one has an onward/return ticket, proof sufficient funds
to cover your stay and documents required to travel to your next
destination. For longer stays, a Cyprus visa or residence permit is
The government of Cyprus does not consider residence permits
issued by the Turkish Cypriot authorities to be valid, and will not
issue residency permits to individuals who live in the areas outside
government control. If Americans stay in areas outside government
control for 90 days or more, they may be detained at Larnaca airport or
prevented from entering Government of Cyprus controlled areas.
For further information on entry requirements for Cyprus,
travelers can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus at 2211 R. St. NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel. (202) 462-5772, or the
Cypriot Consulate in New York at 13 East 40th St., 5th Floor, New York,
NY 10016, tel. (212) 686-6016/17.
The Czech Republic is a party to the Schengen Agreement.
As such, U.S. citizens may enter the Czech Republic for up to 90 days
for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be
valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. To ensure
that no problems are encountered while traveling, the State Department
recommends having 6 months validity remaining.
All foreigners seeking entry in the Czech Republic must carry
proof finances to cover their stay as well as of a medical insurance
policy contracted for payment of all costs for hospitalization and
medical treatment in the Czech Republic. In most cases, a health
insurance card or an internationally recognized credit card with health
insurance would be acceptable.
A Czech Republic visa is required for U.S. citizens for longer stays
and in order to work in the Czech Republic. In such cases, it is
recommended that travelers obtain a visa 3-4 months in advance of going
to the Czech Republic. The Embassy of the Czech Republic’s website provides the most current visa information.
Note: Although European Union regulations require that non-EU visitors
obtain a stamp in their passports upon initial entry to a Schengen
country, many borders are not staffed with officers carrying out this
function. If an American citizen wishes to ensure that his or her entry
is properly documented, it may be necessary to request a stamp at an
official point of entry. Under local law, travelers without a stamp in
their passports may be questioned and asked to document the length of
their stay in Schengen countries at the time of departure or at any
other point during their visit, and could face possible fines or other
repercussions if unable to do so.
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IMPORTANT: The foreign entry requirements listed here were
obtained from foreign embassies or consulates. This information is
subject to change. Verify the data with the consular officials of the
countries you plan to visit well in advance. For further information,
see our embassy list.