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Health  Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
May 1, 2020

Health  Alert: U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Location: Cote d’Ivoire

Event:  As of  May 1, the Government of Cote d’Ivoire has confirmed 1,275 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  The nationwide curfew has been extended until May 15, and is in effect from 9:00pm until 5:00am each day.  A state of emergency remains in place through May 15, and school closures have also been extended through May 17.

Regular full-validity passports and processing for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) are suspended at this time.  If you need an emergency passport for upcoming travel to the United States, please email ABJAmCit@state.gov for an appointment.

As a Reminder:

  • Facemasks, or cloth face coverings, are mandatory when in public in Abidjan, including in vehicles.
  • Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, should remain home.
  • Inter-city travel, apart from certain emergency services, is prohibited.  Travel between Abidjan, Dabou, Azagule, Bingerville, Grand-Bassam, Bonoua and Assinie is permissible.  There is an online application process to request permission for intercity travel at https://autorisation.securite.gouv.ci/.

To date, the United States Embassy has no immediate plans for an additional repatriation flight.  If one becomes available, it will be announced via a consular alert message, which you can subscribe to by registering in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Although no flight is currently planned, if you are a U.S. citizen who would plan to take a potential flight, please send an email to ABJAmCit@state.gov confirming your interest/intent to be on an evacuation flight.  Please include the following information so that we can track your interest:  Full Name (Last, First), Date of Birth, Gender, U.S. Passport Number, U.S. Passport Issuance Date, Expiry Date, Location, and Local Phone Number.

Actions to Take:

  • Respect local Ivorian laws, including curfew and closures.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • If you are sick with COVID-like symptoms, call your health care provider or Cote d’Ivoire’s COVID hotline at 143, 101, 125 or 119.  Do not go directly to a health center.
  • For the most recent information on the COVID-19 pandemic, and what you can do to protect yourself and others, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.  Please be sure to confirm which U.S. airports are currently accepting international travelers.