I had no reasonable way to obtain a Cameroon visa in advance so based on internet reports, I chanced it for a free transit visa on arrival. Worst-case I would have to sit in departures hall overnight.
Fortunately, it was not necessary.
My Arik Air flight from Cotonou was delayed 3.5 hours. At check-in they were skeptical though I assured them I was only on transit and had my onward flight. Clearing this hurdle may be the toughest because the TIMATIC system that airlines use says visa required with no provision for leaving the airport on transit. Air France knows the deal and passengers with overnights were allowed to board on that flight, which arrived at the same time.
The process is fun:
- Find the supervisor agent in arrivals, who will take you passport, arrival card and flight confirmation, and tell you to exit and go around.
- That means go through baggage claim and really do exit, and around to the left go in to the hallway for Police and through to the offices.
- Wait till the supervisor comes to the visa office with the stack of passports. Some are for formal visas with invitation letters, such as those from countries without Cameroon Embassies.
- Hang around until called.
The whole process was less than 30 minutes and I was off to the Ibis Hotel for my night in Cameroon.