Living in Cameroon guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Cameroon with the expat guide

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General information
  • Being a Central African country, Cameroon is very open to foreigners wishing to settle there. You shall have no integration or adaptation trouble there.

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  • This article talks about an experience in Cameroon (across two extreme cities on the spectrum), and every possible thing in between.

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  • I was in Douala, Cameroon for 2.5 months, and here I want to share my cultural experience with Cameroonians. As it is based on my own experience, it doesn't fully represent what Cameroonians truly are. Thus, other thoughts and opinions are welcome.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements


Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You will probably need a visa if you intend to travel to or settle in Cameroon. Note that requirements may differ in terms of nationalities.

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  • In order to enter Cameroon, one nees to get a visa. This is not a country where you can purchase the visa at the border (like in many East African countries, for instance.) The vis can be obtained at the nearest Cameroon embassy within 2 days, using priority mail service. It is required to have a l

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • There are many good reasons to set up a business in Cameroon. This country has a lot of natural resources which are ready to be exploited.

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  • Specific conditions apply to foreigners wishing to work in Cameroon. However, the country's labor market is quite open.

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  • Douala, Cameroon's second major city, is more active than Yaoundé. It is therefore easier for foreigners to be hired there.

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  • If you wish to work and settle in Cameroon, Yaoundé may be the ideal destination. Various jobs prospects are available there.

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  • Doing an internship in Cameroon is an interesting way to discover another professional culture, especially an African one.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • As a very active Cameroonian city, Douala offers a wider range of accommodation options than other smaller cities.

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  • If you wish to settle in Cameroon, you can choose among various types of accommodation: small houses, apartments, hotels, home stay, room sharing...

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  • Being Cameroon's capital city, Yaoundé offers different accommodation options for foreigners wishing to settle there.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Cameroon hosts many universities and other higher education institutions. You can choose among these if you wish to study there.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Health care will undeniably be a key issue during your expatriation to Cameroon. You will have to get vaccinated against some health risks beforehand.

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  • Health Care in Cameroon: useful information about the health care system in Cameroon.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Cameroon will definitely facilitate your transactions such as receiving your salary, settling your bills, etc.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Workers in Cameroon have to pay income tax. This tax is levied at a rate of 10 to 35% depending on the worker's income.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Cameroon's transports network is not very developed. But you can find cars, buses, taxis, motorcycles, etc. almost everywhere.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • To drive in Cameroon, you will need an international driver's license. You also have to be aware of the local traffic conditions and regulations.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Cameroon requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Like many African countries, Cameroon also has modern telecommunication technologies including land lines, mobile and internet networks.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Cameroon has a rich fauna and flora, as well as beaches which you can discover during your leisure time if you are moving there.

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  • Places to go in Cameroon. Interesting and must-see spots in Cameroon: Kribi, Limbe, Petpenoun, nightlife and restaurants in Doula.

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  • If you are relocating to Cameroon, you will probably want to take your pet with you. Related procedures are very simple.

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  • Diverse cultures, different dialects but, in the end, the same mindset. This is what the Cameroonian lifestyle is all about.

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