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Message for U.S. Citizens:Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Tuesday, April 21
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April 17, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens: Repatriation Flight Leaving Abidjan on Tuesday, April 21

Consular Message 17 April 2020

The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy Abidjan have arranged a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. LPRs departing Abidjan International Airport on the morning of Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  Interested passengers will be advised of the airport arrival time in a separate message. This flight will fly from Abidjan International Airport (ABJ) through Bamako, Mali to Washington, Dulles International Airport (IAD).

All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the flight and a promissory note for approximately $2500 USD per person (the exact fee has not yet been determined) must be signed before boarding.  A promissory note is a legal commitment that the passenger agrees to reimburse the US government for the costs of travel.  No cash or credit card payments will be accepted. You will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, onward destination or local transportation, etc.) beyond your arrival to Washington, Dulles International Airport (IAD).  Exact departure time and routing are subject to change.

Americans are strongly encouraged to take this flight to return to the United States if they do not wish to stay in Côte d’Ivoire for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.   At this time no future flights are expected until commercial air service resumes.

Please note that regular consular services, including non-emergency passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and visa appointments are suspended.  The Embassy considers the support of U.S. citizens its primary mission, but our ability to assist in an emergency may be limited.  While the Embassy is not on ordered departure at this time, many Embassy personnel and their families have already departed or will do so on this final flight.  You are encouraged to return to the United States now, or be committed and prepared to remain here for the duration of the crisis with minimal consular services available.

If you wish to depart on this flight, please email the information below to AbidjanEvacuation@state.gov.  The flight will be filled in the order that the emails are received.  Please do not call the Embassy to confirm receipt of your email; we will contact you if you are confirmed for a seat on this flight and will provide additional details.

In your email please provide the following:

  •  Full name (as on passport)
  •  Passport number, issue and expiration date
  •  Citizenship (only for Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S.)
  •  Date of birth
  •  Gender
  •  Email address
  •  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 or 101.  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.

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