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

Location:  Cote d’Ivoire

Event:  As of August 2, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 16,182 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 102 deaths and 11,801 recoveries, leaving 4,279 active cases. The closure of Cote d’Ivoire’s land and maritime borders and the State of Emergency is now extended through August 31, 2020.  As of July 31, 2020, bars, clubs, movie theaters, and other entertainment venues in Abidjan may now open, but must respect social distancing norms and patrons are expected to wear masks.

While there are currently no testing requirements enforced by the U.S. government for individuals traveling to the United States, airlines servicing Cote d’Ivoire may require proof of negative COVID-19 test results on certain transit routes. Check regularly with your transportation provider to stay informed of the latest requirements. All travelers departing from, arriving in, and transiting through Côte d’Ivoire are required 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/#/.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide information on the current rules regarding travel and transit in third countries for non-U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens may consult the Reopen EU website for additional information on countries they plan to visit or transit in Europe.  Regulations and international travel permissions continue to change with minimal notice and travelers should weigh the risks of disruptions in their travel plans against these considerations.

U.S. Embassy Abidjan Consular Operations:  Routine consular services remain suspended, including routine passport renewals and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Both routine non-immigrant and immigrant visa services also remain suspended. If you are a U.S. citizen requiring assistance, including requesting an emergency passport, please contact us by e-mail at ABJAmCit@state.gov. 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. 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.

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