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ExpatWoman guide to living in Cameroon

ExpatWoman guide to living in Cameroon

Living in Cameroon

Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is often referred to as "Africa in miniature" for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. There aren’t many expats in Cameroon and services tend to be slow (internet ect.), you will also have to deal with everyday stereotyping – i.e. if you’re from the west you must be rich – which means that people will try to over-charge you for goods and services. 


Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Cameroon and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

American School of Yaounde
ASOY serves the community in Yaounde, Cameroon through example and service as a beacon of educational excellence. Their mission is to ensure that all students achieve high academic success, develop critical thinking skills, and become responsible, compassionate, and global citizens.

Phone: +237 2223 0421
Email: info@asoy.org
Website: www.asoy.org
American School of Douala
American School of Douala (ASD) is an independent coeducational, non-sectarian school, which provides an English language educational program from pre-school through twelfth grade.

Phone: +237 3342 1437
Email: infor@asddouala.com
Website: www.asddouala.com
Amity International College
With a reputation of exquisite academic precision, the Amity International College educational institutions are run by experienced Turkish nationals along with enthusiastic and dynamic Cameroonian staff. Amity International College is outfitted to provide the ground work studies for the achievements in the local and international board examinations, offering students the opportunity to get admission in Cameroon and elsewhere in the world.

Phone: +237 2266 1586
Email: yaoundesecondary@amity.cm
Website: www.amity.cm

Enko La Gaiete International School
We designed Enko Education Schools to offer students an outstanding preparation to access top universities. Our students follow the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and receive specific support to choose the right university, navigating through the application process and applying for scholarships.

Phone: +237 653 23 56 52
Email: lagaiete@enkoeducation.com
Website: http://www.enkoeducation.com/fr/yaounde/

Enko Bonanjo International School
We designed Enko Education Schools to offer students an outstanding preparation to access top universities. Our students follow the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and receive specific support to choose the right university, navigating through the application process and applying for scholarships.

Phone: +237 693 068 298
Email: bonanjo@enkoeducation.com
Website: http://www.enkoeducation.com/fr/bonanjo/

Rain Forest International School
Rain Forest International School provides an international secondary education permeated with a Christian worldview, using English as the medium of instruction.

Phone: +237 7793 7162
Email: rfis-director@rfis.org
Website: www.rfis.org

Local News in English


Country Information 

Location: Africa
Capital City: Yaoundé
Other Important Cities: Douala
Currency: CFA franc (XAF)
Language: French, English
Calling Code: 237
Internet TLD: .cm
Electricity: 110/220V 50Hz
Emergency Numbers:
  • Police: 117
  • Medical: 119
  • Fire: 118

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Tourist Visa
Cameroonian tourist visa is issued for a short time of leisure travel and no business activities allowed.

Required documents:
  • Fully completed visa application form for Cameroon and required declaration
  • Passport size photographs
  • Valid national passport and one copy
  • Original of valid visa if you are national of another country and one copy
  • Your current bank statement and one copy
  • Confirmation letter from your travel health insurance stating the coverage and one copy
  • Reference letter from your employer or education establishment
  • Proof of group travel/ hotel reservation in Cameroon / airline ticket reservation for Cameroon and one copy
  • Visa fees for Cameroonian visa 
Business Visa
Cameroonian business visa is for partaking in short term commerce in Cameroon.

Required documents:
  • Valid passport (an additional copy) with at least 6 months validity remaining
  • Fully completed Cameroonian business visa application form
  • Passport type photographs (no older than 6 months)
  • Valid resident visa and one copy
  • Current bank statement and one copy
  • Proof of travel insurance coverage for trips and one copy
  • Business references (letter from your employer, invitation from Cameroonian company or organization)
  • Proof of Cameroonian hotel reservation and airline booking reservation for Cameroon.
For more information, you can check out your respective Cameroon embassies or the official website here >>


Yaounde, Garoua, Bamenda, Douala, Koussendi are the major cities in Cameroon. There are lots of real estate agencies in Yaounde. In the capital, you can rent in advanced standing apartment. There are also main residential areas like Quartier du Lac, Plateau Atemengue and Bastos. If you are looking expatriate districts, check out Bonapriso, Bonanjo and Douala. Rent contracts in Cameroon are renewable for one year and are payable in advance.

You can also find furnished apartments for short or long term stay in Douala. They cost between EU800 for a one bedroom and EU1200 for a three bedroom per month. If your expat package covers accommodation this is one of the easiest options to take when renting as the agencies will also provide a cleaner to come and clean on a regular basis making your stay all the more enjoyable.  

Driving License

Traffic regulations in Cameroon are not generally respected and driving can be dangerous between Yaounde and Douala. It is possible to rent a car in Cameroon but can be very expensive. Four-wheel drive is recommended when you go away from the main cities as it is rare to find paved roads.

If you want to drive your own car, you can use your international driving license.


Insurance in Cameroon

Zenithe Insurance
Zenithe Insurance was founded in 2005 by entrepreneurial Cameroonians with a strong belief in the future of their country and a commitment to contribute to its success.

Address: Koumassi Street, Bali, Douala
Tel: +237 3343 4132
Email: contact@zenitheinsurance.com
Website: www.zenitheinsurance.com
Allianz Cameroun Assurances
Address: Rue Manga Bell, BP 105, Douala
Tel: +237 335 02000
Email: allianz.cameroun@allianz-cm.com
Website: www.allianz-africa.com

Hospitals in Cameroon

Shisong Hospital
Shisong Hospital that forms part of the health care system of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis in the Catholic Church in Cameroon, and operating in line with the National Health Policies, remains committed improving on the health care of the clients who come from various parts of the Cameroon and beyond.

Address: Shisong, Kumbo Town, Bui Division, Northwest Cameroon
Tel: +237 7983 5796
Email: saintelizabeth@shisonghospital.org
Website: www.shisonghospital.org
Bameda Regional Hospital
Address: Nitop 1 Quarter, Bamenda 2 Council Area of Mezam Division, Northwest Region, Cameroon
Tel: +237 333 61108
Email: info@brhospital.com
Website: www.brhospital.com

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