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Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Côte d'Ivoire
Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Exercise increased caution in Cote d’Ivoire due to crime and terrorism.

Exercise increased caution in Cote d’Ivoire due to crime and terrorism.

Violent crime, such as carjacking, robbery, and home invasion, is common.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting areas frequented by foreigners, such as beaches.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Abidjan. Embassy personnel are prohibited from driving outside the major cities after dark, including between Abidjan, Grand Bassam, and Assinie.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Cote d’Ivoire:

  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and leave originals in your hotel safe.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Cote d’Ivoire.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist
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Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Hague Convention Information

Cote d’Ivoire became a party to the Hague Convention on Adoptions in October 2015 and the Ivorian government is now working to develop and implement administrative and legal procedures that will be consistent with the instruments of the Hague Convention. The government of Cote d’Ivoire drafted a project of law that has been presented for ratification. Currently, the Ivoirian government is not accepting new intercountry adoption applications and is reviewing applications submitted prior to October 2015, before the Convention came into effect, on a case-by-case basis. This webpage will be updated when more information is available. In the meantime, you may send any questions to us by email at Adoption@state.gov.

U.S. Immigration Requirements
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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Abidjan
Cocody Riviera Golf,
01 BP 1712 Abidjan 01
Côte d’Ivoire
Telephone
+(225) 22-49-40-00
Emergency
+(225) 22-49-44-50
Fax
+(225) 22-49-42-02
Côte d'Ivoire Map