The U.S. Embassy is aware of false stories circulating the week of January 18, 2016 alleging that the U.S. Government issued a warning to U.S. citizens of an impending attack in Côte d’Ivoire. The U.S. Government issued no such warning and has no information about impending attacks in Côte d’Ivoire. Nonetheless, given the security situation in the sub-region, the U.S. Embassy reiterates its advice to U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.
As always, the U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to avoid crowded areas wherever possible as they present target rich environments for criminals and terrorists alike. If you are in a crowded area, please be aware of your surroundings (e.g. pay attention to persons in proximity to you, be aware of any unattended packages, maintain positive control of your belongings, etc.) and identify egress points in the event of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy encourages individuals to:
- Report any suspicious behavior or unclaimed items left behind in common areas of any location to local authorities.
- Know where your family members and colleagues are located and how to reach them in case of an emergency, keeping in mind that the internet and cell phones may not always function.
- Monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities to stay abreast of the current security environment.
- Maintain security awareness at all times and carry a means of communication at all times (i.e. a fully charged cell phone with emergency contacts).
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Cote d’Ivoire Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire, located in the Riviera Golf neighborhood of the Cocody section of Abidjan, at +225 22-49-40-00, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +225-22-49-44-50.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).