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Reviewed: 04 December 2013, 10:50
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security within 40 kilometres of the borders with the Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria. Armed bandits are known to operate along these borders. There is the potential for violence between rebels and security forces in Nigeria and the Central African Republic to spill across the border into Cameroon. We advise against all travel to these areas.
There is extreme risk to your security in the Bakassi Peninsula region. Armed bandits are known to operate in this area and relations between some residents of the Bakassi Peninsula and the government are tense. We advise against all travel to this area.
There is extreme risk to your security in the Far North Region where armed bandits and kidnappers are known to operate. We advise against all travel to this area.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Cameroon due to high levels of violent crime and we advise caution.
There are occasional isolated incidents of civil unrest around the country, particularly in Douala and Bamenda. New Zealanders in Cameroon are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent. We also recommend monitoring media reports and local information sources closely to keep up to date on the security situation.
Levels of violent crime in Cameroon are high and there are a number of reports of violent crimes committed against foreigners. Carjackings, muggings and theft are common in Yaounde, Douala, Kribi and Maroua cities. In Yaounde, the suburbs of la Briquetterie, Mokolo and Mvog-Ada are particularly dangerous.
Commercial and internet fraud is common in Cameroon. New Zealanders should be wary of any offers that seem too good to be true, as they may be a scam. For further information see our advice on Internet Fraud and International Scams and Internet Dating Scams.
Piracy is a significant problem in the Gulf of Guinea, particularly in the waters around the Niger Delta which includes the Bakassi Peninsula. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Cameroon, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Cameroon should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Cameroon are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.