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February 28, 2022

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [05/09/2022]

***Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  

Starting November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.  Visit Travel.State.Gov for more information about vaccination requirements and the limited exceptions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Since the start of the pandemic, Côte d’Ivoire has reported 81,974 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (81,160 recovered, 799 deceased, and 22 active) within its borders, as of May 8.
  • Social distancing, the wearing of masks, and a reduction in non-essential movements are encouraged.
  • 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.
  • Face masks/cloth face coverings remain mandatory in all public spaces, including in vehicles.
  • Travel from the greater Abidjan area to and from the rest of the country is permitted.
  • Domestic and international airlines are offering limited commercial flight services.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Côte d’Ivoire? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? No. Some companies may offer expedited options with one-day availability but may not be able to guarantee same-day or next-day results.  
    • Test results are routinely available no later than 48 hours after testing.  Information on approved testing facilities is available at https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/#/center.  The testing sites are open from Monday through Friday (8:00am-3:00pm), and Saturday (8:00am-12:00pm), with two testing sites open on Sundays (8:00am-12:00pm).
    • Private medical service providers may offer COVID-19 testing options – including options that promise to provide results within 24 hours.  Travelers are advised to review the clinic – as well as the Ivoirian Ministry of Health and CDC  – websites carefully to ensure compliance with Côte d’Ivoire and U.S. entry and exit requirements.  The U.S. Embassy has no further information about these or other COVID-19 testing facilities in Côte d’Ivoire.  Information here should not be considered a U.S. Embassy endorsement or recommendation.
    • Beware of scams from entities not affiliated with a known business or clinic. Verify the clinic’s legitimacy before you pay.
    • CDC may grant a humanitarian exemption in very limited circumstances only when an individual must travel to the United States to preserve health (e.g. emergency medical evacuations) or safety (e.g., violence) and is unable to access or complete the testing requirement before travel.  Individuals who fit the exemption criteria described in CDC’s Order may contact the U.S. Embassy.  American citizens should email ABJAmcit@state.gov, and non-citizens should email ABJVisa@state.gov. The Embassy will then transmit this information to the CDC for consideration.

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, Pfizer, and J&J/Janssen
  • Vaccines are available to all Ivoirians and legal residents 18 years old or older, as of March 26, 2021.  A list of vaccination sites in the greater Abidjan area may be found online at http://www.sante.gouv.ci/ 
  • On March 11, 2022, vaccine eligibility was expanded to adolescents age 12 and older.
  • The Ministry of Health reports that it has administered 12,517,096 vaccine doses as of May 7.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. 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.

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 international air travelers departing from or, arriving to Côte d’Ivoire must complete a Declaration of Air Travel (Déclaration de Déplacement) form (DDVA). This form is available online here: https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/#/home.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, if not fully vaccinated.
    • Note – Côte d’Ivoire’s definition of “fully vaccinated” now includes those who:
      • received two doses of an approved vaccine within the past nine months, or
      • received two doses of an approved vaccine, plus a booster shot received within the previous nine months.
      • THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL’S DEFINITION OF “FULLY VACCINATED”
    • Effective March 7, travelers who show proof that they are fully vaccinated no longer need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival in Abidjan.  Those who are not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival at Félix Houphouët-Boigny airport.   
    • Effective March 7, outbound travelers presenting proof that they are fully vaccinated no longer need to present a negative PCR test to depart if the destination country does not require a PCR test to enter.  Those who are not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. 
    • Outbound travelers who must present a negative PCR test due to destination entry requirements and/or traveler vaccination status must complete the Declaration of Air Travel  .  The Declaration of Air Travel includes a QR code with the test results that airport authorities will request at the airport.  This is the only recognized PCR test for outbound travel.
    • Effective December 7, all inbound air travelers will be subject to mandatory rapid antigen testing upon arrival at Abidjan’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport.  The Ivoirian government will recommend PCR testing at a local testing center for individuals whose rapid tests are positive and that they visit the infectious disease treatment services (SMIT) at the University Teaching Hospital for care.  Ivoirian officials monitor new arrivals’ health status for five days by calling or texting travelers’ mobile phones.  The government will not require any additional tests, regardless of the result.
  • 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 and PCR testing is available.
    • See the note above regarding mandatory COVID-19 PCR tests for some air travelers.
  • 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.oneci.ci/carte-resident.

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
  • 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:

  • Residents in Côte 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 its response to COVID-19 may be found online at http://www.gouv.ci/.
  • Follow U.S. Embassy Abidjan on Facebook and Twitter

Other Links:

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.

Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport

If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until March 31, 2022 if you meet certain criteria.  Please see the full list of requirements here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html.

What happens if I fall ill with COVID-19? 

If you are in Côte d’Ivoire and fall ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath – please self-isolate immediately.  You can call the Ivoirian 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.