Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ivoirian Military Protests

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of protests involving members of the Ivoirian military in Abidjan and several areas throughout the country.  The Government of Côte d’Ivoire is making efforts to address the problems related to soldiers’ back pay and other issues.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid areas around military installations in the following areas:  Adjame (Ministry of Defense and Indenie Fire Station), the military camps Akuedo North and South in vicinity of Riviera Palmerie, and the military camp in Abobo.  The Embassy also strongly advises against any travel into or out of Bouake or Korhogo due to disturbances around security forces checkpoints.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  Avoid nonessential travel in the areas listed above.

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.