The Hotel Franco
Rue Onembele Nkou
+237 6 91 10 28 90
Transportation: The planning committee has arranged transportation around Yaoundé for all conference participants. Buses will shuttle participants between the hotel and the two University campuses where Launch Week events will be held. Participants are encouraged to rely on these secure shuttle buses for all transportation. A member of the planning committee will greet your incoming flight at the airport and transport you to the hotel.
Visas are required for travelers from the U.S. Visas are valid for 90 days, for a visit up to 30 days.
More information can be found at the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon. Please check your travel requirements if you are traveling from outside the U.S.
Vaccines: Yellow Fever vaccinations are required.
Malaria, Hepatitis A, Cholera, and Typhoid are also recommended.
Note that the strain of Malaria in Cameroon is resistant to the drug chloroquine; Mefloquin, doxycycline, or Malarone are recommended.
The catering at the Launch Week will be sure to offer vegetarian options at every meal. Vegetarian food should also be easy to acquire around the city.
Electricity and Adaptors:
For Cameroon there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Cameroon operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Read more here: https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/for-travelling/travel-adaptor-for-cameroon/
You would be wise to only use cash in Cameroon - the Central African Franc (FCFA) is the only form of payment in much of the country. Credit cards are accepted in some establishments, but fraud is endemic. Counterfeit currency is a growing problem.
The Launch Week organizers will facilitate currency exchange for the event participants, either at the hotel or on campus. They suggest arriving with 200-300 USD or Euros, which should be sufficient cash for the week.
Make sure you always have lots of small bills as many vendors, market stalls and taxi drivers will never have enough change, even for fairly small bills.
While photography is not officially forbidden, security officials are sensitive about photographs taken of government buildings, military installations, and other public facilities, many of which are unmarked. Photography of these subjects may result in seizure of photographic equipment by Cameroonian authorities.
Due to the threat of harassment and the lack of signs designating sites prohibited for photography, and the fact that some Cameroonians object to having their picture taken, photography should be limited to private homes and among friends.
You should seek proper permission before taking a photograph of a specific subject or location.
Cameroon Crime Rates:
Be sensible, i.e. don't flash your cash around, avoid dangerous areas, and be a bit inconspicuous and you should have a trouble-free stay. That said, here are some important things to remember while we’re there for the week.
Muggings and robberies have been reported in Douala, Yaoundé, Limb and other major towns. Avoid isolated or poorer areas of town (notably in Yaoundé, La Briquetterie and Mokolo, and Avenue Kennedy), take personal security precautions and maintain a high level of vigilance in public places.
There have been attacks in Yaoundé where gangs of armed men have held up tourists near to where they are staying. Western tourists present rich pickings for poor locals, leave your valuables out of sight and try not to attract attention to yourself.
Petty theft is common on trains, coaches and in bush taxis.
Carjackings and robberies, often armed and accompanied by violent acts have occurred along roads close to Cameroon's eastern border with Central African Republic and Chad, as well as in Limb, Douala, Yaoundé, Kribi, and Maroua.
The level of internet crime and scams is escalating rapidly. The scope for fraud is huge encompassing: adoptions, insurance claims, dating, real estate, the provision of domestic services, agricultural products, antiques, and exotic and domesticated animals. If the deal is too good to be true, it generally is.
Taxis can be very dangerous. Taxis in Cameroon function more like a bus system, with drivers stopping along the road to pick up additional passengers as long as there is space left in the vehicle (and by space think any spare slither of space). Taxi drivers and accomplices posing as passengers often conspire to commit serious crimes including rape, assaults and robberies.
If you must use a taxi, it is better to hire a private taxi, ideally a driver who you know, for your exclusive use for a particular trip, rather than share a taxi. Taxi passengers should be particularly vigilant at night.
Check here for updated travel alerts from the U.S. Department of State.
Ambassade de Suisse
Rue 1811, n° 42
Yaoundé I, Cameroun
Phone: +237 222 20 50 67
Fax: +237 222 20 93 86
Embassy of the Federal Republik of Germany
No. 22, Rue 1069 Avenue Charles de Gaulle
Yaounde I, Cameroon
Phone: +237 2 22 21 00 56
Fax: +237 2 22 21 62 11
Embassy of Belgium in Cameroon
Quartier Nouveau Bastos Rue 1792
Phone: +237 222 215 291
Fax: +237 222 200 521
Embassy of Spain
Building de IU.R.S.S. s/n Quartier Bastos
Boite Postal 1636
Phone: +237 222 203 543
Fax: +237 222 06491
Consulat général du Mali à Douala
Bonapriso Météo, Rue 2433 (derrière la Clinique de l`Aéroport)
Tel: (+237) 23 342 53 26
Fax: (+237) 23 342 53 21
U.S. Embassy Yaounde
Avenue Rosa Parks
Phone: +(237) 22220-1500
Fax: +(237) 22220-1500 x4531
British High Commission in Yaounde
Avenue Winston Churchill
Phone: +237 222 22 0545
Fax: +237 222 22 01 48
The High Commission of Canada
“Les Colonnades” Building
New Bastos, 607 Road 1792
Phone: +237 222 50 39 00
Fax: +237 222 50 39 04
Ambassade de France à Yaoundé
Plateau Atémengué - BP 1631
Phone: +237 222 22 79 00
Fax: + 237 222 22 79 09
Nigeria High commission in Yaoundé
Quartier Bastos, Opposite Police Station
Tel: (+237) 22 21 35 09
Fax: (+237) 22 21 35 08
South Africa High Commission in Yaoundé
Quartier Bastos, Rue 1801
Tel: (+237) 22 220 0440, (+237) 22 220 1175
Fax: (+237) 22 220 0995, (+237) 22 220 0999