COVID-19 Information

Country Specific Information:

  • Please see FAQ section below for information on repatriation flights for U.S. citizens.
  • Côte d’Ivoire has 218 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • The government of Cote d’Ivoire has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
    • Schools (from pre-school to university) are closed for 30 days effective March 16.
    • Sporting events, festivals, and gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.
    • Social distancing is in effect:  no handshakes or embraces, maintain at least one-meter distance from other persons.
    • The airport has suspended all passenger planes.
    • A 9pm (21:00) to 5am (05:00) curfew went into effect nation-wide on March 24.
    • Inter-city travel, apart from certain emergency services, is prohibited starting midnight, March 29. Travel between Abidjan, Dabou, Azagule, Bingerville, Grand-Bassam, Bonoua and Assinie is still permissible.
  • Effective March 18, U.S. Embassy Abidjan has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • All confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 are to be quarantined in government-run facilities. The primary location is at the Treichville University Teaching Hospital (CHU) in Abidjan, however the Ivoirian government is actively setting up additional facilities for testing and treatment of patients with COVID-19.

Local Resources:

  • Residents in Cote d’Ivoire who are ill can call 143 or 101 to speak with an official at the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP).
  • Updates from the Ivoirian government and their response to COVID-19 may be found online at: http://www.gouv.ci/ 
  • Trained Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) in each of the twenty regions have been placed on alert.
  • The National Institute of Public Health, the World Health Organization Country Office and U.S. government agencies in country (CDC and USAID) may provide additional useful information.

Other links:

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

An evacuation flight from Abidjan International Airport (ABJ) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) took place on Tuesday, March 31. At this time, we do not know if another special commercial or charter flight will be offered or when regular airport services will resume. 

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.  U.S. travelers are responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, onward destination or local transportation, etc.) beyond their initial destination in the United States.  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 immediately to arrange for the issuance of an emergency passport.  Passports may not be available the same day of travel.    

If I evacuate, how much luggage may I bring? May I bring my dog or cat?  

U.S. Government-funded evacuation flights often have more restrictive luggage limits compared to commercial travel and generally do not permit pets on board.  We encourage all travelers to plan for a safe haven in Cote d’Ivoire for any pets who are unable to travel.

Can my non-U.S. citizen family member travel with me? 

Flight seats are reserved for U.S. citizens and their legal permanent resident family members (especially those with identified health concerns).

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

With the CDC Level 3 Global Travel Warning now in place, all passengers returning to the U.S. from any country should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

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 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 for several weeks. 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 or 110.  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):