Chad is considered a high-risk country with several terrorist groups active within the region. Extremist groups such as Boko Haram, ISIS, and al’Qaida affiliates have freedom of movement across Western Africa. They can easily migrate from neighboring countries to mount attacks within the region. Lake Chad is particularly volatile and considered a hotbed for terrorist activity. It is highly likely terrorist groups have the intent and capability to carry out attacks against foreign travelers in the region. Therefore, it’s essential to remain cautious to the risk.
Crime is a common problem, and most incidents are targets of opportunity such as muggings and snatching personal belongings. These happen at a much higher frequency in crowded areas or during the hours of darkness. Armed robbery is on the rise, expatriates and foreign visitors are vulnerable to attacks.
Driving in Chad is hazardous, and Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) are one of the main risks to foreign travelers in the region. Local drivers are inadequately trained with little road safety awareness. Road conditions throughout the region are dangerous. Many roads outside of N’Djamena are gravel surfaces or dirt tracks which can be challenging to navigate if unfamiliar with the environment. Hazards are also a concern with pedestrians having free access to walk the roads.
Vehicles can expect to be stopped on significant roads at police checkpoints during the hours of darkness, incidents of extortion have been reported during these hours. Travelers should be aware of the threat from car-jackings and armed robberies on major roads. Emergency response times are inadequate, resulting in travelers being stranded for a considerable period of time, increasing the risk to personal security.