Chad Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in Chad
Most western countries advise against any travel to much of Chad, and only essential travel to other parts of the country including the capital N’Djamena. Not surprisingly the UK Foreign Office strongly advise against renting a car and driving abroad in Chad. There is a high risk of car jacking anywhere outside the capital and it’s advised to use a police or military escort when travelling anywhere. You should obtain authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior before travelling outside the capital. Roads are poor and often impassable during the rainy season (July-October), especially in the south. The country has 44,000 KM of roads and only 260km are paved! Heavy rains have resulted in major flooding in many areas, particularly in the south and east. You should travel in convoy, keep doors locked and carry spare fuel and supplies. Due to the activity of highway bandits, you should not travel by road at all after dark. Police checkpoints are common: you may be asked to show your passport, driving licence and vehicle registration documents.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Chad Car Rental
Not surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for car rental in N’Djamena. However Avis have a franchise there and you do seem to be able to book cars online

Not surprisingly, we currently have no local car rental partners in Chad. If you are a local car rental company who would like to be the first to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

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