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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:
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.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Cote D`ivoire, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.
Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.
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