Travel Information for Central African Republic
Time zone:GMT +1 (West Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:French, Sangho
Currency: Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Centrale francs (XAF)

1 = CFA0.00, $1 = CFA587, £1 = CFA781

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.cfInternational Dialling Code:    236

For help planning your trip to Central African Republic including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Central African Republic trip planning page.

Further information on Central African Republic

Discover more about Central African Republic - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

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Total area: 622,984 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Cameroon (797km), Chad (1,197km), Congo-Brazzaville (467km), Democratic Republic of the Congo (1,577km), Sudan (175km), South Sudan (990km)

Climate: Tropical climate with rainy season from December to March and long, hot, dry season between April and November.

Highest mountain: Mont Ngaoui (1,420m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Central African Republic from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 166/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 166/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 108/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 150/174
Overall Ranking:    175/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Central African Republic (CAR)     Status: Independent Country

Population: 5,277,959 (rank: 116/196)     Density: 8.4 people/sq km (rank: 183/196)

Ethnic groups: Baya 33%, Banda 27%, Mandjia 13%, Sara 10%, Mboum 7%, M'Baka 4%, Yakoma 4%, other 2%

Religions: indigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%

GDP (PPP): $3.34 billion       GDP per capita: $700 (rank: 191/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.