Visa & Passport
Visas are not required for citizens of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.
A visa is required for everyone else. A single-entry visa costs $100 for one month, while multiple-entry visas cost $150 for three months or $200 for six months (6 months). An invitation letter is needed.
Chad’s official languages are French and Arabic. Other than the educated and well-traveled, few Chadians understand literary Arabic; a dialect of Arabic known as “Chadian Arabic” is far more commonly spoken and is the country’s closest approach to a trade language. Chadian Arabic is distinct from Literary Arabic, although it is related to Sudanese and Egyptian dialects. Literary Arabic speakers can usually comprehend Chadian Arabic, but not the other way around. There are also about a hundred indigenous languages spoken.
There are about 200 different ethnic groupings. Arabs, Gorane (Toubou, Daza, Kreda), Zaghawa, Kanembou, Ouaddai, Baguirmi, Hadjerai, Fulbe, Kotoko, Hausa, Boulala, and Maba, mostly Muslim; Sara (Ngambaye, Mbaye, Goulaye), Moundang, Moussei, Massa, mostly Christian or animist; about 1,000 French residents live in Chad.
The Chadian-Libyan war should be avoided at all costs; Chadians known to be residing in Libya have already been tortured and killed.