Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Armed Demonstrations in Northern Cote d’Ivoire

United States Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Armed Demonstrations in Northern Cote d’Ivoire – Update
11 January 2017

The past weekend’s events, caused by protesting soldiers, have subsided throughout Cote d’Ivoire.  Shops are open and traffic has returned to normal.  The United States Embassy continues to monitor and evaluate the situation closely.  Until the Embassy has finished its assessment, it has advised official personnel to avoid non-essential travel outside Abidjan, and recommends that U.S. citizens consider doing the same.

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.

For further information:

  • 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).
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