Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Rebels are active in eastern Chad on the borders with Sudan’s Darfur region.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Chad - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Chad - Languages


The official languages are French External (3 000 speakers) and Standard Arabic External. 125 other languages are spoken. The most widespread of these are: Chadian Spoken Arabic External (754 590 speakers); Bilala External (136 629 speakers); Daza External (282 281 speakers); Gulay External (163 271 speakers); Yerwa Kanuri External (100 000 speakers); Maba External (120 000 speakers); Marba External (124 357 speakers); Masana External (109 093 speakers); Mundang External (160 000 speakers); Musey External (100 000 speakers) and Sar External (183 471 speakers).

Personal names and forms of address


Both French and Arabic forms of address are used in Chad. The Arabic forms of address used in Chad are: Asayid (male) and Asayeda (female). When corresponding to somebody in Arabic, the preposition al (meaning “of”) is often added in front on the family name, whereas this is not used in speech. Thus Idris Adjidé would be addressed in this way in correspondence:

   Idris al-Adjidé

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Chad - Example address format



Any address written in a non-native language will be written in French. Deliveries are made only to post office boxes (Boîte Postale, or BP).

Though postal deliveries are only to mailing addresses, street addresses will be found for the use of couriers, visitors etc. As not all streets are named, these may often be descriptive and unstructured. Examples:




A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Chad - Post office box


This is written as Boîte Postale, or BP.

Chad - Postal codes


Chad has no postal code system.

Chad - Postal code format


Chad - Postal code specifics


Chad - Postal code regular expression


Chad - Postal code level of coverage


Place names in Chad


Refer to Exonyms in Chad for full lists of place names in Chad in other languages.

Chad - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic

Chad changed its administrative structure in 2018. Its 23 regions were reduced to 12 provinces, with the capital, N'Djamena, as a province with special status. The provinces are split into departments, then 275 communes, then town and cantons. N'Djamena is split into 10 arrondissements.

Chad - Administrative structure

Chad has 12 provinces:

Provinces Previously regions ...
Centre Batha, Guera
Centre Est Salamat, Dar Sila
Centre Ouest Hadjer Lamis, Chari Baguirmi
Est Quaddaï, Wadi Fira
Extrême Nord Tibesti
Extrême Sud Moyen-Chari, Mandoul
N'Djamena N'Djamena
Nord Borkou
Nord Est Ennedi Est, Ennedi Ouest
Ouest Kanem, Bahr-el-Gazel, Lac
Sud Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental
Sud Ouest Mayo-Kebbi Est, Mayo-Kebbi Ouest, Tandjile

Telephone numbers in Chad


Chadian telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers changed from 7- to 8-digits on 15th March 2010. Mobile numbers commence 6, 7 or 9.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

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