Reconsider travel due to COVID-19 and crime. Exercise increased caution due to civil unrest and terrorism.
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, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Côte d’Ivoire.
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Country Summary: Crime continues to be a major public security concern in Côte d’Ivoire. Violent crime, such as carjacking, robbery, and home invasion, is common. Local police often lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
Extremist activity occurs frequently in the tri-border region of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali.
Due to ongoing political tensions, demonstrations and protests are likely to occur and could become violent.
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 COVID-19 information.