US hunters planning to hunt in Cameroon should be aware of some demanding and off-the-wall requirements for a visa and gun import permit from the Embassy of Cameroon in Washington D.C. A subscriber, who shall remain anonymous, contacted me when he was asked to provide a copy of his bank statement, a resume, a list of charitable donations and a letter from his physician certifying that he was healthy enough to hunt in Cameroon. He had traveled to Cameroon just two years prior and had not been asked to supply this information. Suspicious of any requests for bank information, even from an embassy official, I contacted several operators to see if they had heard of these requirements. I won't name the professionals I contacted either in the interest of protecting them and their clients from any possible retaliation.
From what I've gathered, embassy and other government personnel from Cameroon are replaced every few years, and those replacements often proceed to implement whatever changes to procedures they see fit. That seems to be the case with the person in charge of issuing visas at the US Embassy. Already this person has simply not bothered issuing visas for a number of hunters. I've been advised that hunters should start the process three to four months ahead of time and use only a passport service that has a history of dealing with Cameroon authorities. Hunters trying to get their visa on their own, I'm told, are likely to experience more problems. When providing your bank statement, remove all account numbers. One source recommended cutting the numbers out and making a photocopy. Do not simply black out the numbers on an original print out as they can still be obtained that way. The subscriber who called me went as far as to open a bank account with a few thousand dollars and submit a statement from that one so that his main account could not be compromised. As for that resume they want, be careful. Certain jobs or certain kinds of companies draw attention, oil company executives, for example. Ditto for charitable contributions. Be as vague as possible.........(continued)