Cameroon: Embassy in Washington, D.C., Refusing to Issue Gun Import Permits for Hunters


Published: February - 2013

If you are planning a safari to Cameroon be aware that the Cameroon Embassy in Washington, D.C., is currently refusing to process any gun import permits for US citizens. The reason they are giving is "security concerns" but no other details. They told one operator that they will "maybe" start to issue them in the next month but not now. Making matters worse, they are cashing hunters' checks to process gun import permits ($650) and refusing to provide refunds. Some hunters have also been denied visas; their safaris are booked and airfare paid, but they cannot get into Cameroon. At least one Hunting Report subscriber has reported this exact problem.

I spoke with Charlie Goldenberg of Premier Safaris (407-889-9778; premiersafaris@att.net) who books Cameroon safaris with Pierre Guerrini of Faro West. Goldenberg says he has bypassed the Cameroon Embassy in Washington and is having visas and gun import permits issued at the Cameroon Embassy in Belgium instead. To date, he says he has had no problem getting paperwork for his clients. Guerrini has helped coordinate with the Cameroon embassy there to get documents processed.

If you are booked to hunt in Cameroon, call your operator immediately and see if he can make arrangements to process your visa and gun permit overseas. This is not the first time I have reported on problems with the Cameroon Embassy in Washington, D.C. Continuing subscribers will remember that, in 2010, this embassy was demanding some out-of-bounds information to process their visa and gun permits, specifically they wanted a copy of a hunters' 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. Stay tuned for more information as this situation resolves.

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