The airport servicing Bangui is Bangui M’Poko International Airport (BGF). It’s around 7 kilometers (4 miles) northwest of Bangui. The airport handled 53,862 passengers in 2004. Douala, Tripoli, Paris (once a week), Brazzaville, Yaoundé, Cotonou, and N’Djamena are all served.
All European (and possibly most other) travelers need a visa, which must be secured before to arrival.
The immigration process is lengthy, taking at least two lines to get all requisite visa stamps. Customs agents randomly choose travelers for luggage inspection as they exit the arrival hall via “Things To Declare.” On their way out, security personnel inspect the baggage tags.
Pickpockets, especially persons purporting to give help, may be found outside the airport building.