Cote d'Ivoire Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
February 1, 2021

Cote d Ivoire - Level 3: Reconsider Travel


Reconsider travel to Cote 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 Cote d’Ivoire due to COVID-19.   

Airport operations and international flights in Côte d’Ivoire have resumed, although the number of flights is reduced. Land and maritime borders remain closed. Business operations (including day cares and schools) have fully resumed. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Cote d’Ivoire.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Northern border region due to terrorism.

Country Summary:  Legislative elections are expected to take place in late February or early March 2021. Past electoral periods were marked by incidents of civil unrest, including demonstrations, vandalism, and violence. Similar incidents of unrest may occur in the period leading up to, during, and following the upcoming legislative elections. . 

  •  Violent crime, such as carjacking, robbery, and home invasion, is common. 
  • Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting areas frequented by foreigners.  

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: 

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • 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.

Northern Border Region – Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in adjacent areas of Mali and Burkina Faso. Increased caution and security procedures should be exercised in remote areas adjacent to the northern border.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Abidjan
Cocody Riviera Golf,
01 BP 1712 Abidjan 01
Côte d’Ivoire
+(225) 27-22-49-40-00
+(225) 27-22-49-44-50
+(225) 27-22-49-42-02

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