Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

The U.S. Embassy is issuing this message to provide updated information to U.S. citizens about the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa.

To date there are no confirmed cases of EVD in Côte d’Ivoire. On August 28, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Alert regarding potential implications for travel because of EVD in parts of West Africa. In August, the Department issued Travel Warnings for Liberia and Sierra Leone advising U.S. citizens to avoid non-essential travel to these countries.

The Embassy continues to assist the Government of Côte d’Ivoire with its preparations to combat the spread of EVD. Recently, two experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began working with the Ministry of Health to assess and provide technical assistance on Ebola Incident Command Management and Ebola Contact Tracing activities. You may also find current information relating to the Ebola crisis from U.S. Embassy Abidjan on its website, Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that EVD is a rare but deadly disease. The risk of contamination is low, but someone could be infected if he or she comes into contact with blood or bodily fluids of an Ebola-infected individual, wildlife, or infected bush meat.

To obtain travel notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel. For more information on Ebola hemorrhagic fever, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.

Côte d’Ivoire has restricted flights operating to or from the Ebola-affected countries, including travel to Côte d’Ivoire from an affected area via a third country. On September 26, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire announced its intention to relax this restriction. Travelers to Côte d’Ivoire should check with their airline prior to travel to determine what restrictions may apply.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Côte d’Ivoire enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Côte d’Ivoire. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan is located in the Riviera Golf neighborhood of the Cocody section of Abidjan, east of the downtown area and is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., +225-22-49-40-00. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +225-22-49-44-50.