Customs regulations for your trip to Cameroon

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Customs regulations

All personal belongings and household items entering Cameroon are inspected by customs officials upon arrival. Travelers must complete a declaration form listing goods. This form, along with your passport, is submitted at customs.

Items for personal use may be imported duty-free up to a point. Gifts and souvenirs worth up to XAF 200,000 are also duty-free. However, receipts are required to prove ownership and value to facilitate the customs process.

Anything exceeding the allowances is subject to duties from 10% to 30%. Keeping receipts for new items shows proof of ownership and value, expediting customs clearance.

Dutiable Items

Electronics like computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, cameras, speakers, headphones, and DVD players may be dutiable.
Perfumes, fragrances, jewelry, watches and precious metals also typically incur duties. So do tobacco products and alcohol.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of any kind, including firearms, ammunition, knives, etc.
  • Illegal drugs and narcotics
  • Obscene or pornographic materials
  • Counterfeit goods and pirated materials
  • Harmful chemicals, toxins, radioactive materials
  • Endangered animal species and ivory
  • Uncertified meat, dairy, and produce

Miscellaneous (Pets, Motors, and others)

Pets

Pets require an import permit from the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries.

Motor Vehicles

Only left-hand drive vehicles can be imported directly. Right-hand drive vehicles need conversion. All vehicles must meet Cameroon emissions standards.
Foreign-registered vehicles require a Carnet de Passage to avoid duties.

Currency

Currency amounts over XAF 5 million must be declared upon arrival.

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