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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cote d’Ivoire Holiday Safety
December 20, 2019

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cote d’Ivoire Holiday Safety


Holidays in Cote d’Ivoire provide increased risk for terrorism or criminal activity.  There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping. Travelers to Cote d’Ivoire are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash.  Threats posed by terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Cote d’Ivoire.  Extremists continue to focus on locations such as shopping centers, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by Westerners.

Actions to Take: 

  • Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.