Demonstration Alert: Road Blockages in Abidjan

Location:  Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Event:  Unofficial barricades have been set up on Boulevard de France between the U.S. Embassy and Jacques Prévert.  Rue de Ambassade in Anono is completely blocked by the barricade (as of 08:30 AM).  The barricades are likely linked to a nationwide Student and Scholastic Federation of Cote d’Ivoire (FESCI) strike, which has …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Voting Assistance from FVAP

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering recurring virtual voting assistance via Zoom for the next two weeks to provide direct support to U.S. citizens overseas.  Voters can participate in any of the meetings and speak with an FVAP Voting Ambassador who can answer questions about absentee voting – including inquiries about the Federal …

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COVID-19 Information

Please see FAQ section below for information on considerations for travel for U.S. citizens. Last updated: 10/20/2020 Country-Specific Information: Since the start of the pandemic, Côte d’Ivoire has reported 20,324 confirmed cases of COVID 19 (20,029 recovered, 121 deceased, 174 active) within its borders, as of October 19. A State of Emergency remains in effect. …

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Côte d’Ivoire Travel Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider travel

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 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 …

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Demonstration Alert – Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Event:  A large political opposition rally is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 10, at 8:00AM at Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium, located in the Plateau section of Abidjan.  The rally is expected to last several hours and politically-motivated gatherings may continue through the weekend.  The U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens avoid the area and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many states require voted …

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Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan will resume routine American Citizens Services, such as passport applications/renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, by appointment only.  Appointments will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please schedule your appointment only after you have read the information on our website related …

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Drop Off Your Absentee Ballot

UPDATE:  U.S. citizens no longer have to send an email to ABJAmcit@state.gov to schedule a ballot drop-off appointment.  Our secure ballot collection box is located at the Consular entrance.  Simply drop off your ballot – no appointment necessary.  Please note that ballots must be in a postage paid return envelope or in an envelope bearing …

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Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (21 August 2020) Location:  Cote d’Ivoire  Event:  Demonstrations and police activities – some of which could turn violent – are reportedly planned for Saturday, August 22 throughout the city of Abidjan and across the country.  U.S. Embassy staff have been instructed to stay home and avoid non-essential travel between the …

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Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 election are as early as October 5th.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee …

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Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Yopougon, Cote d’Ivoire Event:  Two of Cote d’Ivoire’s political parties have called for demonstrations in Yopougon tomorrow, August 13, at 0600.  Reports state that the demonstrations will begin at Place CPN, but there may be demonstrations in other parts of the city as well. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Maintain a low …

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Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire Event: The Ivoirian presidential election is scheduled for October 31, 2020.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Cote d’Ivoire to maintan a high level of security awareness at all times.  Although there have been no specific incidents of violence or threats targeting U.S. citizens, political unrest, demonstrations, and violence …

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The State Department has lifted the Global Level 4 Travel Advisor

The State Department has lifted the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory and advises all U.S. citizens to read the country-specific Travel Advisories and U.S. Embassy COVID pages for updates on the impact of COVID-19 worldwide. Reconsider travel to Cote d’Ivoire due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: U.S. Embassy, Riviera Golf and neighborhoods in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy, specifically: The Riviera 2 and Boulevard des Martyrs – 2 Plateaux areas. Event: There are reports of small groups of demonstrators moving about the Riviera 2 and Boulevard des Martyrs-2 Plateaux areas, with reports of tires set on fire and security forces …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens

We are pleased to inform you that the U.S. Embassy Consular Section will host two Virtual Town Halls for U.S. citizens in Cote d’Ivoire on Wednesday, August 12 (English) and Thursday, August 13 (French).  All U.S. citizens in country are welcome to attend. Ambassador Richard K. Bell will be present to welcome members of the American Citizen …

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Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire Event:  As of August 2, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 16,182 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 102 deaths and 11,801 recoveries, leaving 4,279 active cases. The closure of Cote d’Ivoire’s land and maritime borders and the State of Emergency is now extended through August 31, 2020.  As of …

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Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire Event:  As of July 22, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 14,733 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 93 deaths and 8,995 recoveries, leaving 5,645 active cases. The closure of Cote d’Ivoire’s land and maritime borders, the State of Emergency, and the closure of bars, clubs, and other entertainment venues …

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Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (July 14, 2020)  Location:  Cote d’Ivoire  Event:  As of July 14, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 13,037 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 87 deaths and 6,908 recoveries, leaving 6,042 active cases.  The greater Abidjan region remains the epicenter of the epidemic with 96% …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire Event: As of July 9, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 11,750 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 79 deaths and 5,752 recoveries, leaving 5,919 active cases. The closure of Cote d’Ivoire’s land border, the State of Emergency, and the isolation of the Greater Abidjan region remains in place through July 15, 2020.  Bars, clubs and …

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Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Event: Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, died on July 8 after falling ill at a ministerial meeting in Abidjan. The news was confirmed by the Office of the Presidency on Radiodiffusion Television Ivoirienne (RTI) yesterday evening.   The Ambassador extends his condolences to the government and Ivoirian people.  At this time …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire Event:  As of June 28, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 9,101 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 66 deaths and 3,808 recoveries, leaving 5,227 active cases.  The country has seen higher daily averages of new cases through the month of June, the highest being 430 new cases confirmed on June 19.  The Cocody-Bingerville and Treichville-Marcory districts continue to have the highest infection rates. On June 25, Cote d’Ivoire’s land border closure, State …

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Weather Alert: Seasonal Rainfall and Flash Flooding U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: Cote d’Ivoire Event: Seasonal heavy rains may cause flash flooding throughout Cote d’Ivoire without warning. Travel may continue to be affected throughout the rainy season which usually ends in October. Due to heavy rains, there is the potential for landslides, flash floods, riverbank erosion, bridge washouts, and property damage. Roads may be suddenly closed and …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (11 June, 2020) Location: Cote d’Ivoire Event:  As of June 11, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed 4,404 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 41 deaths and 2,212 recoveries, leaving 2,151 active cases.  The country has seen higher daily averages of new cases through the month of June, peaking …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: Northern and Northeast Boarder Region of Cote d’Ivoire, specifically: Areas more than 10 kilometers north of highway A-12 Areas within 10 kilometers of the border with Burkina Faso or Mali North, East or inside of Comoe National Park Northeast of highway A-1, from Ghana’s border, to Bondoukou and Comoe National Park at Kotouba Event: Extremist …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: Cote d’Ivoire Event:  As of May 28, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed 2,641 cases of COVID-19 in Cote d’Ivoire, with 1,326 individuals who have recovered and 32 deaths, leaving 1,283 active cases.  New COVID-19 testing centers have recently been opened in Abobo Complexe sportif, Plateau Sorbonne, Attécoubé et Bingerville. Recent COVID-19 cases have …

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Health  Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: Cote d’Ivoire Event:  Certain COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted The government of Cote d’Ivoire announced the following changes to its COVID-19 restrictions: The curfew in the Greater Abidjan region is lifted effective May 15. Restaurants and maquis will be permitted to re-open on May 15 but are expected to follow strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Bars, night …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: REMINDER Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Wednesday

Message for U.S. Citizens: REMINDER Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Wednesday, May 13 The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy Abidjan have arranged a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) departing Abidjan on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. This flight will go to Dublin, Ireland where travelers will transfer to an …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Wednesday, May 13

The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy Abidjan have arranged a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) departing Abidjan on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.  Interested passengers will be advised of the airport arrival time in a separate message. This flight will go to Dublin, Ireland where travelers will transfer to an …

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Health  Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: Cote d’Ivoire Event:  As of  May 1, the Government of Cote d’Ivoire has confirmed 1,275 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  The nationwide curfew has been extended until May 15, and is in effect from 9:00pm until 5:00am each day.  A state of emergency remains in place through May 15, and school closures have also been extended through May …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Tuesday, April 21

Consular Message 17 April 2020 The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy Abidjan have arranged a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. LPRs departing Abidjan International Airport on the morning of Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  Interested passengers will be advised of the airport arrival time in a separate message. This flight will fly from Abidjan International …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Measures to Control COVID-19 (April 10,2020)

As of April 9, the Government of Cote d’Ivoire has confirmed 444 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Presidency of Cote d’Ivoire announced the following new measures in order to control the pandemic: Face masks or cloth face coverings are mandatory when in public in Abidjan. Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Remain Vigilant for COVID-19 Related Scams

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire Event:  The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.  Exercise …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Tuesday, March 31

There are seats still available on the repatriation flight scheduled for Tuesday, March 31.  At this time, there are no additional flights scheduled for repatriations to the U.S.  If you choose to remain in Cote d’Ivoire, you should be prepared to remain for an indefinite period.  The Ambassador encourages all Americans, especially those with a greater …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Tuesday, March 31 to the U.S.

The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy Abidjan have arranged an evacuation flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents departing Abidjan International Airport on Tuesday, March 31 at 09:00.  This flight will fly from Abidjan International Airport (ABJ) to Washington, Dulles International Airport (IAD). All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Abidjan

March 27, 2020 From the Ambassador to all American citizens in Cote d’Ivoire: I regret to announce that the special commercial Ethiopian Airlines flight to the United States proposed for Sunday will no longer be possible. Regardless of this disappointing setback, the Embassy continues to work tirelessly to arrange an evacuation flight as soon as …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Flight Leaving Abidjan on Sunday, March 29 to the United States

The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy Abidjan have arranged a special commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents departing Abidjan International Airport on Sunday, March 29 at 09:00.  This flight will fly from Abidjan International Airport (ABJ) to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.  You will be …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: Cote d’Ivoire    The Ministry of Health in Cote d’Ivoire has announced 72 cases of COVID19 to date.  The Ministry of Security announced March 25 that all travel outside of Abidjan will be prohibited starting at midnight tonight.  The Embassy is working with the Ivorian government to facilitate travel of U.S. citizens for departure flights.       …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 

Location: Cote d’Ivoire The U.S. Embassy is working to make a direct, commercial flight available to U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States and are unable to do so at this time due to disruptions in aviation caused by the Covid19 pandemic.  No flights have been finalized at this time, but a notice …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 

Location: Cote d’Ivoire     Event:    The Ministry of Health of Cote d’Ivoire has confirmed 14 cases of COVID-19 in Cote d’Ivoire.   On March 20, the Government of Cote d’Ivoire announced that the land, aviation and maritime borders will close on midnight, Sunday March 22 for an indeterminate period of time.  Cargo shipments will not be affected.   The government …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire  Event:  On March 16, the Cote d’Ivoire Ministry of Health announced that there have been six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cote d’Ivoire.  The government of Cote d’Ivoire has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools (including pre-schools and universities) are closed for 30 days starting at midnight March 16; sporting events, …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan

Location:  Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire Event:  U.S. government buildings in Abidjan, including the U.S. Embassy, will be closed Friday March 13, the anniversary of the 2016 terrorist attack in Grand Bassam, as a security precaution.  U.S. citizens requiring emergency consular assistance on that date may contact the Embassy at the number(s) below. Actions to Take:  Avoid …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cote d’Ivoire Holiday Safety

Event: Holidays in Cote d’Ivoire provide increased risk for terrorism or criminal activity.  There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping. Travelers to Cote d’Ivoire are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash.  Threats posed by terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Cote d’Ivoire.  Extremists continue …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Events for DJ Arafat Funeral

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (August 29, 2019)   Locations:  Félix Houphouët Boigny Stadium, Plateau, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire IVOSEP Funeral Parlor, Treichville, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire Williamsville Cemetery, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire   Event: The funeral ceremony and procession in honor of popular Ivorian musician DJ Arafat will begin at the Félix Houphouët Boigny Stadium …

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Cote d’Ivoire Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory December 11, 2018 Cote d Ivoire – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution   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 …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (October 2, 2018) Location:  Cocody, Abidjan on Boulevard de France, south of the United States Embassy Event: Demonstrators are setting fires, blocking intersections and moving from the north through the Boulevard de France roundabout, closest to the United States Embassy. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

September 11, 2018 Location: Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody, Abidjan Event: Student demonstrations are taking place on September 11, 2018. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area at this time. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media …

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