So You Can Get a Free Cameroon Transit Visa on Arrival

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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:

  1. Find the supervisor agent in arrivals, who will take you passport, arrival card and flight confirmation, and tell you to exit and go around.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Ayat

Hi,

I know its been about a year since the last comment. I read your article and I am still bit confused. My question is, can I get a transit visa in Cameroon. My layover is around 22H but not more than 24H :(. Does the transit visa allow me to leave the airport and get an hotel room to sleep till the next day (When my flight is). How much is the transit visa? Thank you.

Stefan @ Rapid Travel Chai
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Yes, yes, free.

Alan
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Alan

if i arrive at noon, and leave at 9:30PM, do u think i may be able to get a transit visa?

Stefan @ Rapid Travel Chai
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Probably. Things are fluid there. Be friendly. Enjoy.

Alan
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Alan

thanks.

Torsten
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Thanks! Great intel!

Torsten
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We are going to DLA in July – so for a 72 hours stay what are the chances for a free transit visa (going to LBV after)?

Mike Johnson
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Mike Johnson

@RTT – Well, no question you’re right there. And church in Douala is a wonderful thing, too. I’m very glad you got go to. Travel on.

Mike Johnson
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Mike Johnson

And, lo, another meaningless box was checked.

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Wiliam
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Wiliam

Went through that process couple of months ago because they don’t offer multiple entry visa from embassy. It’s nice but can take a great deal more than 30 minutes, took us about two hours and was a very interesting wait because way more than visas going on. Jail cells just around the corner. Not my favorite airport.