Practical Information of Central African Republic


French is the official language of government and is taught in the schools as well. Many languages and dialects are spoken, including Arabic, Hunsa, and Swahili, but Sangho, is spoken by a majority and is the national language.  


The telephone country code is +236. GSM Coverage is exposed to the capital area and in the western part of the country. Most fixed-line and cellular telephone services are concentrated in Bangui. Internet is only available in some towns. 


The local currency in Central African Republic is CFA Franc. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro. The currency can be exchanged at banks in Bangui and Berbérati. The credit cards are not generally accepted, except in major hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros. Even so, commission rates can be very high. It is recommended to bring money in advance

Electrical Power

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are :

  • Type C plug (European 2 pin)
  • Type E plug (round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin)

Local Time

The standard time in CAR is GMT+1 


Airmail services to Europe take approximately one week, although it is often much longer; surface mail can take up to three months. Therefore, urgent letters must be sent with special delivery to ensure the safe arrivals.



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