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  • Cameroon is a country of central and western Africa.
  • The country has gained his independence from France on 1st January 1960.
  • Cameroon enjoys relatively high political and social stability.
  • The Capital of Cameroon is Yaoundé but the largest city is Douala.
  • The total population is about 19.5 million people in 2009.
  • The official languages are French and English.
  • The currency is the CFA (XAF) which has a fixed parity with the Euro (1 EUR = 655.96 CFA).


  • Both visa and work permits are required by anyone entering Cameroon with the intention to work.
  • Expat Africa Payroll through a network of local partners is able to offer the Contractor a global immigration solution including:
    • Business Visa If a business visa is required, Expat Africa Payroll is able to issue a LOI (Letter of Invitation) to invite the Contractor in Cameroon.
  • The application for the business visa must be made at the embassy of the Contractor’s home country. If this is not possible (no embassy…) we are able to make the application in Cameroon.
  • It is best to apply for a 6 month visa so as to allow plenty of time to make the work permit application. Note that the Contractor can work with his business visa during the work permit application.
  • The timescale for the business visa is about 4 weeks. Work permit The Contractor through Expat Africa Payroll can apply for the Work Permit when he is in Cameroon.
  • Expat Africa Payroll will sponsor and arrange the work permit without the involvement from the end client. It is not necessary for the Contractor to leave Cameroon when the Work Permit is issued.
  • The work permit is valid up to 2 years and can be renewed an unlimited number of times. The timescale for the application is about 6-8 weeks.


  • Employee social security = 2.8%
  • Employer social security = 11.2%
  • Income tax rate = up to 35% (+10% surcharge) VAT = 19.25% and is namely levied on the “service” fees.


  • The Contractor wanting to work in Cameroon will be employed by the local partner of Expat Africa Payroll and then will be seconded to the end client.
  • The local partner will take care of all the immigration formalities and will manage all the payroll compliance including the tax and social deductions, the monthly breakdown, the annual return and all other legal requirements.
  • Expat Africa Payroll can provide the Contractor with a lot of “in-country” services such as assistance in opening a bank account, in finding an accommodation, car hire, driving licence conversion, local mobile phone.
  • Expat Africa Payroll can also arrange for the Contractor a medical and repatriation insurance.
  • The insurance is very flexible and the cover will depend on the requirements of the Contractor, and his family.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Expat Africa Payroll: Email: info [at] expatafricapayroll [dot] com

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