Reconsider travel to Côte d’Ivoire due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to civil unrest, crime, terrorism, and upcoming elections
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Côte d’Ivoire due to COVID-19.
Côte d’Ivoire has lifted travel restrictions between cities and allowed schools and some businesses to reopen. Some international airlines have resumed operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Côte d’Ivoire.
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Country Summary: The presidential election is scheduled for October 31, 2020. Although there have been no specific incidents of violence or threats targeting U.S. citizens, civil unrest, demonstrations, and violence have already occurred, and may recur in the period leading up to, during, and following the election.
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 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 Côte d’Ivoire:
Northern Border Region: Reconsider Travel
Extremists have carried out attacks in areas of Mali and Burkina Faso adjacent to Côte d’Ivoire, and at an Ivoirian military border post in the town of Kafolo in June 2020. Exercise increased caution and security procedures in remote areas adjacent to the northern border.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to security, civil unrest, and election information.