Central African Republic
Central African Republic passport ranking
Central African Republic
The Central African Republic’s passport currently ranks on the 88th place according to the Guide visa index. It provides visa-free access to 52 countries. The passport ranking has been fluctuating over the years but consistently improved. Central African Republic passport holders have visa-free and visas on arrival access to countries such as Bangladesh, Israel, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Passport holders of this country do however require a visa to enter about 174 countries in the world. This high visa requirement results in an overall low mobility score.
The Central African Republic (CAR) is a former French colony consisting of sixteen prefectures. It is located in Central Africa. The country borders Sudan, South Sudan, Cameroun, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The most important provinces are Bangui, Ouham-Pendé and Ouham. CAR is the 21st largest country in Africa with a surface area of 622,984 square kilometers. Its geography is dominated by flat plateaus and scattered hills in the north and southeast. The climate is mostly tropical with the rainy season in summer and the dry season in winter.
The overall population is approximately 4.6 million people. The capital of the country is Bangui, which is also the most populous city with 890,000 inhabitants. Other important cities of the county are Bimbo and Bibérati. The largest airport is Bangui M’Poko International Airport (BGF) with an approximate yearly passenger traffic of 120,000 people. It connects the capital to multiple destinations across Africa and France.
Its culture is dominated by the French heritage. 90% of the population is Christian. The official language remains French with tribal dialects and languages still widespread. The legal system is based on the French civil law. The government form is a presidential republic with President Faustin-Archange Touadera as elected Chief of State and Firmin Ngrebada as Prime Minister.
The official currency of the country is Central African CFA franc (XAF) with the current exchange rate being XAF 552 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $4,2 billion, making it the 47th largest economy in Africa. It has a per capita income of $823. The GDP is mostly made up of 3 key sectors, which are services, industry and agriculture. Its main goods of export and GDP contributors are gold, diamonds, cotton, coffee, tobacco and sugar.
The Central African Republic offers several tourist attractions and destinations. It is known for its vast wildlife and safari tours in various national parks. Popular activities are gorilla trekking, boating safaris and hunting. Some of the major destinations include the capital Bengui with its cathedral. Also Zinga, Manova-Gounda St Floris and Dzanga Ndoki National Park and the Boali waterfalls. The Central African Republic has made some major steps in order to attract more tourists to the country. The majority of the 110,000 yearly tourism visitors is originating from the neighboring African countries and Europe.