Central African Republic

This item appears on page 18 of the May 2010 issue.

The Department of State warns of the risks of traveling in the Central African Republic (CAR) and recommends against all but essential travel outside the capital, Bangui. 

Armed rebel groups, bandits and poachers present real dangers. There have been repeated attacks on Central African and expatriate travelers in the countryside.

Bangui itself, though safer, suffers from elevated crime rates, petty and violent. CAR military and civilian security forces (and people posing as such) staff checkpoints throughout the city, frequently harassing local and expatriate travelers for bribes.