Capital: Yaounde (capital)
Area: 475,440 sq km
Climate: varies with terrain, from tropical along coast to semiarid and hot in north
Population: 19,711,291 (July 2011 est.)
Languages: English (official), French (official), Pidgin English, 24 major African language groups but more tha
Government type: republic; multiparty presidential regimeNational holiday: Republic Day (National Day), 20 May (1972)Independence Day: 1 January 1960 (from French-administered UN trusteeship)Currency: CFA Franc (XAF); 1 XAF = 653.73 EUR; 1 USD = 461.25 XAF
GDP: $44.65 billion (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,300 (2010 est.)
Information for Foreign Students in CameroonObtaining a Visa
Passport valid for a minimum of six months required by all nationals referred to in chart above.
A visa is required for all nationals, except for people in transit continuing their journey on the same aircraft or within 24 hours provided holding onward tickets and not leaving the airport. Regarding the cost, tourist and business visas cost: £59, (one day to three months) and £118 (six months). All visas are for multiple-entries. Prices can change. We recommend you to contact the embassy in order to check visa requirements.
HousingGood accommodation of international standard is available in Bamenda, Douala, Garoua, Maroua and Yaoundé. Cheaper accommodation, catering principally for local travellers, is available in every town. Rates quoted by hotels and lodges are generally for the room rather than per person. Tourists can also rent a flat or a house, but you will more be likely to have the information by the word of mouth, rather than with an estate agency (hardly present in the country). Here is a link for all the hotels in the country http://www.camerounhotel.com/
HealthA yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of all travelers over one year of age. There are a number of district and private hospitals in Cameroon, although health facilities are not recommended to foreign travelers. Sanitation levels are low, even in the best hospitals and clinics. Facilities outside Yaoundé and Douala are extremely limited. International travelers are strongly advised to take out full medical insurance before departure.
ATMs are rare, but you can find some in Douala and Yaounde city centres. For your shopping or other financial operations, you will have to change your money to get CFA francs.
Public transports are very common and organized. You can also take a cab would be safer and avoid you getting lost.
There are several mobile phone companies that operate in the country, it will be easier for you to get a phone adapted to local network, rather than keeping your contract there.