"Corruption and police road checks in Cameroon" Cameroon Warnings Or Dangers Tip by tom_chapman991
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Cameroon is a beautiful country but as with many developing countries there is widespread corruption. I had my fair share of experiences with authorities / corrupt officials whilst in Cameroon.
In particular when travelling anywhere you will come across the numerous police road checks. These are in place to check the safety of vehicles, monitor lorry cargoes etc. In the main you should have no problem at all as police are advised to leave tourists alone.
However, every now and again you will find an over zealous officer who is looking to get some quick cash out of tourists. Usually this will be the price of beer. These encounters are usually good humoured. Remember to remain calm and pleasant. Cooperate as far as possible but stand your ground. The usual tactic is to discredit your documents i.e claiming that you do not have the proper stamps in your passport. Stick with your story and the officers usually become bored and send you on your way.
There are many road checks on the roads into and out of Yaounde, however, I never had problems at these stops. It was more common to run into problem in the more remote regions such as the East Province. In particular around Abong Mbang.
Don't let this put you off travelling around Cameroon. In general you are unlikely to run into problems!! Rememebe to keep spare copies of all your documents and above all make sure that you have all the necessary documentation with you at all times inc. vaccination records such as a yellow fever certificate.
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