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COVID-19 Information
October 12, 2021

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  [12/06/21]

***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.  

Country-Specific Information

  • Since the start of the pandemic, Côte d’Ivoire has reported 61,824 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (60,864 recovered, 706 deceased, and 248 active) within its borders, as of December 5, 2021.
  • 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      
    • Test results reliably available within 72 hours. 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).

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
  • On March 26, 2021 the Ivoirian government expanded vaccine eligibility to all Ivoirians and legal residents 18 years old or older.  A list of vaccination sites in the greater Abidjan area may be found online at http://www.sante.gouv.ci/ . The Ministry of Health reports that it has administered 4,418,958 vaccine doses as of November 27.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin 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.
    • 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/#/home. The cost of the declaration for departing Côte 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 Côte d’Ivoire is 2,000 CFA (approximately $4 USD).  According to the website, travelers can pay via Visa, Mastercard, Orange Money, and Mobile Money.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Effective 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 Côte 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
  • 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:

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.

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 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.