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COVID-19 Information
September 13, 2021

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 09/13/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  If you are arriving to the U.S. via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the 3 days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the U.S. and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours long. If your connecting flight to the U.S. was booked separately or a connection in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to get tested within the 3 days before your flight that arrives in the U.S.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Since the start of the pandemic, Côte d’Ivoire has reported 57,784 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (55,727recovered, 506 deceased, 1,551 active) within its borders, as of September 11.
  • On July 1, the Ivoirian government extended the Health State of Emergency through September 30 and called for stronger enforcement of protective health measures. Social distancing, the wearing of masks, and a reduction in non-essential movements are encouraged.
  • Domestic and international airlines are offering limited commercial flight services.
  • Primary and secondary schools, as well as universities, are open.
  • Restaurants, maquis, bars, night clubs, and entertainment venues are open and expected to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
  • Travel from the greater Abidjan area to and from the rest of the country is permitted.
  • Face masks/cloth face coverings remain mandatory in all public spaces, including in vehicles.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Côte d’Ivoire? Yes. Although the testing centers do not routinely test children under the age of 12, they will do so if the child exhibits symptoms, has been exposed to the virus, or requires a test for travel.

  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes

    • U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test from one of the testing sites endorsed by the Ivorian Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. The testing sights are open from Monday through Friday (8:00am-3:00pm) and Saturday (8:00am-12:00pm). The sites are:  Centre de Cocody (St Jean), Plateau (Sorbonne), Marcory (Derrière Cap Sud), Yopougon (Stade BAE), CHU de Treichville (SMIT), Treichville (Bourse du Travail), Port-Bouët (Eglise Ste Anne), Centre Abobo SOGEFIHA (Complexe Sportif).

  • Travelers departing from, arriving to, or transiting through Côte d’Ivoire must complete a Declaration of Air Travel (Déclaration de Déplacement) form. (DDVA). This form is available online, via the address: https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci.  The cost of the declaration for departing Cote d’Ivoire and COVID-19 test is 25,000 CFA (approximately $46 USD). Individuals will be emailed a receipt and the completed declaration, which they must take with them to the testing center to facilitate their test.  The cost of the declaration for arriving in Cote d’Ivoire is 2000 CFA (approximately $4 USD).  According to the website, travelers can pay via Visa, Mastercard, Orange Money, and Mobile Money.

  • Note:  travelers may be denied exit, entry, or transit if they present results from a rapid COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Côte d’Ivoire approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
    Are vaccines available in Côte d’Ivoire for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
    Which vaccines are available in Côte d’Ivoire? AstraZeneca and Pfizer
  • On March 26, the Ivoirian government expanded vaccine eligibility to all Ivorians and legal residents 18 years old or older.  The Ministry of Health reports that it has administered 1,529,823 vaccine doses as of September 11.
  • On July 1, the Ivoirian government extended the Health State of Emergency through September 30 and called for stronger enforcement of protective health measures. Social distancing, the wearing of masks, and a reduction in non-essential movements are encouraged.
  • A list of vaccination sites in the greater Abidjan area may be found online at http://www.sante.gouv.ci/
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
    • Land and maritime borders remain closed, while incoming and outgoing air travel is authorized. Cargo shipments never ceased.
    • All travelers departing from, arriving in, and transiting through Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (FHB) are required, in addition to following all health measures related to COVID-19, to fill in an Air Travel Declaration Form (Déclaration de Déplacement par Voie Aérienne – DDVA) and pay the fees online at https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/#/.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry and exit?  Yes
    • Effective Monday, September 13, 2021, all inbound air travelers are required to present negative COVID-19 PCR test results dated no more than three (3) days, from the date of sampling, before arrival in Cote d’Ivoire. Outbound travelers are also required to present negative COVID-19 PCR test results dated no more than five (5) days before their departure.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • Temperature checks for all arriving and departing passengers at Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (FHB) are conducted using thermal cameras.
  • For passengers departing from Abidjan, the COVID-19 certificates considered as valid are only those delivered by approved sampling centers of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. Information on approved testing facilities is available at https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/#/center
  • U.S. citizens can request visa renewals/extensions at Sûreté Plateau in Abidjan (+225-20-32-02-89) or apply for residency at the National Identification Office (https://www.carteresident.ci/English/index.html).

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No
  • At this time, arriving passengers are encouraged to quarantine at home for two weeks and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.  The rules for quarantine may change at any time with minimal notice.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes
  • Face masks/cloth face coverings remain mandatory in public in the greater Abidjan area, including in vehicles.

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • Commercial and taxi drivers who fail to comply with COVID-19 health measures can face a prison sentence of 10 days or a fine of CFA 50,000.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizens Services:  Appointments available for routine services (Passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, Notarial services).
  • Visa Services:  Routine immigrant visa processing has resumed, but routine nonimmigrant visa services have not and are still very limited.   We are currently offering a limited number of student and petition-based visa appointments and will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow.
  • DNA testing for consular services has resumed.

Local Resources

A message from Ambassador Bell to U.S. citizens in Côte d’Ivoire on COVID-19 (English):

Un message de l’Ambassadeur Bell aux citoyens américains en Côte d’Ivoire à propos du COVID-19 (Français):

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my passport has expired and I need to travel? 

You should make an appointment to obtain a new passport at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan by visiting our webpage for Passport Services .   Limited-validity emergency passports may be issued for individuals who have urgent travel or other compelling needs to replace their expired identification documents.  Travelers will generally be asked to provide a flight reservation before an appointment for an emergency passport is granted.  Note that French and Belgian authorities will not accept U.S. emergency passports for entry into their countries, but will accept them for connections to onward flights to the United States. 

Do the Presidential Proclamations restricting travel apply to me and my family?

The Presidential Proclamations suspending arrival by those who have been physically present in or transited China, Iran, the Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland and Brazil still remain in effect, but do not apply to U.S. citizens nor to lawful permanent residents (LPR). Additional exceptions are made for certain family members of U.S. citizens or LPRs including:  spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided that his/her U.S. citizen or LPR child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or LPR are unmarried and under the age of 21).  More details on the current proclamations and all exceptions are available on the Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html .

On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants  who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. On June 22, President Trump signed an additional proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak . The proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants described above (Presidential Proclamation 10014 ). The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation on nonimmigrant visa holders (in the H-1B, H-2B, L and certain J categories) went into effect on June 24.  These restrictions have now been extended through March 31, 2021 , unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the proclamation.  Both proclamations provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants, including spouses and children (under 21 years of age) of U.S. citizens.  Please refer to the text of each proclamation for a full list of exceptions.

Do I need to be tested for COVID-19?  Will I be quarantined when I return to the U.S.?

Effective January 26, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  requires all air passengers (ages two years and older) entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding.  ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.  Information on COVID-19 testing locations in Cote d’Ivoire can be found at https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/ .

Outbound airline travelers are required to present negative COVID-19 PCR test results dated no more than five (5) days before departing Cote d’Ivoire.  Airlines servicing Cote d’Ivoire may also require proof of negative COVID-19 test results.  If you are planning to visit or travel through France, check the website of the U.S. Embassy in France  as well as the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs  for information on restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and health information.  Rules enforced by countries you may transit are subject to change with minimal notice and you should regularly check with the local authorities on their latest guidelines while planning and before commencing travel.

The CDC recommends that international travelers get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days after travel.  ​If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.​  In the United States, state, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine  rules upon arrival.  For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state, territorial,  tribal  and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel.

What if I do not want to take a COVID-19 test or cannot take one before an unexpected urgent departure to the U.S.?

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at ABJAmCit@state.gov, and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  • Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  • Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • U.S. destination address
    • Is U.S. destination home address?
  • Departure date
  • Flight itinerary
  • Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  • Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  • Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  • Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

What happens if I fall ill with COVID-19? 

If you are in Cote d’Ivoire and fall ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath – please self-isolate immediately.  You can call the Ivorian government hotline at 143, 110, 125 or 119.  You may also wish to call your primary care physician, if available.  In an emergency, go to a hospital and self-identify immediately as a potential COVID-19 case.