Getting a Visa
Contact the Cameroonian embassy in your home country to obtain a visa. Either 3 month or 6 month visas are available, and usually you must provide proof of flights, travel insurance and an invitation letter (which CAEPA CAMEROON will email to you). Check if your country has a Cameroonian Embassy. For the US and UK, please check here:
US Citizen: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui
UK Citizens: https://www.locate.fco.gov.uk/locateportal
Visa Issue to People who do not have a Cameroon Embassy
We advise all volunteers to get their visas before they leave their countries. It will not be good to leave your home country without a visa with the hope that you will have it in any Cameroon airports. You will most likely be denied entry. If you do not have a Cameroonian Embassy in your country, we will need your contacts at CAEPA CAMEROON in Cameroon to prepare an application to the Director General for National Security in Yaounde which will take about a month. They may decide to give you a visa or not. You will need to send in your scanned passport. Volunteers / interns should know that they will be responsible for the associated costs. The other alternative is that volunteers from countries without a Cameroon Embassy could cross over their borders or mail your documents to a neighbor country that has Cameroon Embassy to apply for a visa.
Please also note that in order to enter the country, you will need proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination. We recommend that you see your travel doctor before travelling to Cameroon to get the necessary vaccinations and medications especially anti-malarials.
We recommend our volunteers to arrange Insurance themselves. A regional hospital and other effective hospitals exist around town, which will help if there is an emergency with a volunteer. We encourage volunteers to obtain their own travel insurance before they book a flight. Here are some websites where you can get more information: WHO and CDC. If you have any disability or illness, please contact us so that we can advise you on what to do before you come.
CAEPA CAMEROON is an organization that is evolving. Creativity is the watch word. We will greatly appreciate volunteers who will carry along whatever resources they can, such as books, computers, cameras etc. that will assist CAEPA CAMEROON in achieving its objectives. Also, due to lack of funding to initiate new projects or for the everyday running of the organization, volunteers are advised to fundraise before coming to Cameroon to help with their work.