Cameroon Travel tips

Currency and Exchange Rate

Cameroon’s currency is the CFA francs (CFA F 100= euros 0.0656 or euro 1 = CFA F 656). The generally accepted foreign currencies are: the euro and the US dollar. The exchange is possible in approved offices, banks, major hotels and some tourism agencies. Banks are generally opened to customers from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Major hotels accept some credit cards.

Official Languages

Cameroon is a bilingual country with English and French as its official languages.


Photographs could be taken throughout the territory except for the presidential palaces, aerodromes, military zones and installations, defence and security staff and aspects that could ruin the morals and good reputation of the country. To take pictures for commercial purposes and during official ceremonies, it is advisable to obtain a special pass from the Ministry of Communication. Taking photographs in national parks is allowed upon payment of a fix rate per camera. It is recommended to seek peoples consent when it comes to reproducing their images or taking snapshots of them.


Time zone: GMT + 1. In winter, Cameroon has no time difference with France. In Summer, GMT – 1. Offices are opened from Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 P.m. Shops are opened until 6:00 p.m. even on Saturdays.

Electric voltage

Cameroon is electrified at 220 volts and its electrical sockets are of European standards. However, it is advisable to have a torch lamp in case of power outage.


Bring along linen or cotton clothes, sunglasses, a hat, woolen clothes for the evening and a raincoat if possible.