Visa requirements for Cameroonian citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Cameroon. As of 1 January 2017, Cameroonian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 45 countries and territories, ranking the Cameroonian passport 90th in terms of travel freedom (tied with Angolan and Vietnamese passports) according to the Henley visa restrictions index.
In an article published this 23 January 2017, Invest in Cameroon gave the information that Cameroonian passport holders can visit 43 countries without requesting for a visa prior to their travels. Several readers have requested the list of countries. Below is the detailed list.
Among these 44 countries, a person holding a Cameroonian passport can go to 16 countries without any prior visa request procedure. In another 27 countries, they can carry out the necessary procedure for the visa on arrival in the country.
As a reminder, in Africa, the Seychelles passport offers greatest ease of travel: it opens the door to 126 countries without prior visa (including 96 without visa and 30 with a visa upon arrival).
During the 12th Ordinary Session of CEMAC held in May 2015, the Heads of State decided to grant free movement of people within the region with immediate effect. So, Cameroonian citizens should be able to travel to Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon without visas. However, this decision does not seem to have been implemented yet.
Countries with free entry for Cameroonian passport holders
- Central African Republic
- Sao Tome and Principe
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Countries where Cameroonian passport holders can purchase a visa upon arrival
- Cape Verde
- Saint Lucia
The case of Nigeria is even more interesting. If you are travelling by road or sea from Cameroon into Cross River State, you can enter Nigeria with your National ID Card!! For 90 days.
Cameroon is one of the 84 countries whose nationals shall henceforth not need visas to enter the Republic of Indonesia.
Cameroonians Will Travel Easily to Italy
The importance is that from now on, when the bill will be ratified by the Head of State, Cameroonians will go very easily to Italy based on the fact that we have signed this agreement.
Why is the agreement limited only to holders of diplomatic and service passports?
These are the rules in all the countries. You cannot give free visa to all citizens firstly because of security reasons. The embassies have to make sure that those who are travelling to their country are people who cannot cause any problem. Secondly, because it is a matter of courtesy in all the countries in the international community, people who are entitled to have diplomatic passports or service passports are treated with due respect.
How will this visa free agreement enhance commercial ties between Cameroon and Italy when it is limited to a particular class of citizens?
You should know that the service passport has been extended to various categories of citizens in our country. Many people do not know that even those who are business people according to the laws and regulations are entitled to service passports. So, it’s a great number of persons who will be travelling either for business, commercial or even for holidays. You can also travel for a visit or for tourism. All these conditions are catered for in the agreement.
4th most expensive passport in Africa
Jeune Afrique, has rated the Cameroonian passport as one of the most expensive in the African continent.
Jeune Afrique’s assessment is based on the cost of getting a passport in each country in Africa, it was revealed that it takes 114 euros to afford a passport in Cameroon placing the country in 4th position.
- Chad 228 euros
- DR Congo 164 euros
- Burundi 123 euros
- Cameroon 114 euros
- Madagascar 90 euros
- Burkina Faso 76 euros
- Mali 76 euros
- Mauritania 75 euros
- Côte d’Ivoire 60.9 euros
- Gabon 60.9 euros