Security Message: Security Awareness During Easter Holiday

The United States Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens in Cote d’Ivoire to exercise caution in places such as restaurants, bars, clubs, churches, theaters, shopping centers, museums, and public organized events and to practice heightened personal security during the Easter holiday.

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.

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.