Chad is a large, thinly populated country in north-central Africa. The northern part is mostly desert. Since the mid-1960’s, Chad’s history has been marked by ethnic, religious, and political violence. Most conflicts have been between the Muslim peoples of the north and the peoples of the south, most of whom follow traditional African religions or Christianity.
Temperatures in the northern desert often reach 120 °F (49 °C), and the region receives less than 5 inches of rain annually. Central Chad averages 25 inches of rain each year, while southern Chad receives about 40 inches. The average temperature in these two regions is 82 °F (28 °C).
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 10.1 million
LANGUAGE: French, Arabic
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BEAC
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +235
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC + 1
We advise against all but essential travel to the capital, N’djamena and against all travel to other regions in Chad. The political and security situation remains uncertain, and could change again rapidly. Rebel attacks cannot be ruled out.
Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk