COVID-19 Information

Please see FAQ section below for information on repatriation flights for U.S. citizens.

Country Specific Information:

  • Côte d’Ivoire has over 11,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • The government of Cote d’Ivoire continues to update restrictions in place related to COVID-19:
    • A State of Emergency remains in effect through July 15, as well as the closure of land borders.
    • International flights were permitted to resume effective July 1.  Airlines have begun offering limited commercial flight services.
    • Primary and secondary schools as well as universities are permitted to be open.
    • Restaurants and maquis in the Greater Abidjan area re-opened on May 15, but are expected to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Bars, night clubs, cinemas and entertainment venues remain closed through July 15.  Effective May 8, these prohibitions were lifted in the interior of the country.
    • The size limit on gatherings in the Greater Abidjan area was reduced back to 50 people as of June 11. Gatherings in the rest of the country are permitted with up to 200 people, as long as physical distancing and protection measures are respected.
    • Travel from the Greater Abidjan area (including Dabou, Azagule, Bingerville, Grand-Bassam, Bonoua and Assinie) to the rest of the country remains prohibited through July 15 and is being enforced by entry and exit check points. There is an online application process to request permission for inter-city travel at autorisation.securite.gouv.ci.
    • Face masks/cloth face coverings remain mandatory in public in the greater Abidjan area, including in vehicles.
    • Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, should remain at home.  Social distancing remains in effect:  no handshakes or embraces, maintain at least one-meter distance from other persons.  Non-essential movements are discouraged.
  • All routine consular services as well as all visa processing continues to be suspended at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports for urgent travel, please send an email to ABJAmCit@state.gov.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • The Government of Cote d’Ivoire closed land, aviation and maritime borders on March 22.  Land and maritime borders remain closed through July 15, while air travel is now authorized.  Cargo shipments are not affected.
  • All travelers departing from, arriving in, and transiting through Côte d’Ivoire 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) which should be completed online at: https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/#/.

Quarantine Information:

  • At this time, arriving passengers are registered and sent home for a two-week period of quarantine, receiving regular calls and follow-up for 14 days to monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19. Previously, the government announced it would require public quarantine for arrivals at the the l’Institut National de la Jeunesse et des Sports (INJS) in Abidjan.  The rules for quarantine may change at any time with minimal notice.

Local Resources:

  • Residents in Cote d’Ivoire who are ill can call 143, 101, 125 or 119 to speak with a local health official.
  • Updates from the Ivoirian government and their response to COVID-19 may be found online at: http://www.gouv.ci/ 
  • The National Institute of Public Health (INHP), the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office and U.S. government agencies in country (CDC and USAID) may provide additional information.
  • View U.S. Embassy Abidjan’s Most Recent Alerts.
  • Follow U.S. Embassy Abidjan on Facebook and Twitter

Other links:

Ask a COVID-19 Question

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the U.S. Embassy Abidjan arranging an evacuation flight?

Three evacuation flights from Abidjan International Airport to Washington, DC (IAD) have taken place on March 31, April 21 and May 13. The Embassy does not expect to organize any additional repatriation flights at this time as commercial services are resuming.  U.S. citizens should register in STEP and continue monitoring Embassy messages to stay informed of the situation in Cote d’Ivoire and local health measures.

How do travelers pay for U.S. government-organized evacuation flights?

Under U.S. law, passengers on a U.S. government-organized flight are responsible for paying the cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard commercial fares. U.S. travelers are required to sign a promissory note before boarding the flight to the United States.  A promissory note is a legal commitment that the passenger agrees to reimburse the US government for the costs of travel.  Further information on U.S. Government-Assisted evacuations and the promissory note is available here.

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

You should contact the U.S. Embassy at AbjAmcit@state.gov to arrange for the issuance of a limited-validity emergency passport for direct return to the United States.  Passports may not be available the same day of travel.    

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 and Brazil still remain in effect, but do not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), nor to certain family members of U.S. citizens. More details on the current proclamations and 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. The proclamation went into effect on April 23 for a period of 60 days, unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation.

On Monday, 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) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation on nonimmigrant visa holders went into effect on June 24 and expire on December 31, 2020, 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.

Will I be quarantined when I return to the U.S.?

With the CDC Level 3 Travel Warning in place, all passengers returning to the U.S. should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. Please confirm local and state guidelines in your final destination for more information about current restrictions that may be in place.

I already had a return flight booked through another airline. What should I do?  

You are encouraged to reach out to your airline to request a refund/credit for the unused portion.    

We don’t want to travel at this time. What should we know? 

We understand that the decision to depart or stay in Cote d’Ivoire is a difficult and personal one for most of our citizens.  If you choose to stay in Cote d’Ivoire, please stock supplies of food, medicine and sanitary items. You should be prepared to remain for an indefinite period. Follow local regulations and safety measures.

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.  As a last option, go to a hospital and self-identify immediately as a potential COVID-19 case.

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):