United States Embassy Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 12 May 2017
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Unrest Among Army Elements-Be Aware
The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the security situation, as elements of the Ivorian army participate in unrest, similar to that which occurred in January and February. The Embassy recommends U.S. citizens exercise caution and carefully review the information in the “Security Messages and Local Resources” section in the “U.S. Citizen Services” section of the U.S. Embassy Abidjan website for information. As a result of this uncertain situation, the U.S. Mission is suspending all up-country travel until we can be sure the situation is being resolved without violence.
Since the late evening of May 11, protesting soldiers have been shooting in the air at times at various army camps around the country, including in Abidjan, Man, Duékoué, Guiglo, Odienne, Korhogo, Abengourou, and Bondoukou. There have been no attacks on civilians, and no threats to U.S. citizens.
Because this situation has the potential to escalate into armed confrontation, U.S. citizens should remain alert and avoid areas where protests are taking place and where there is the risk of a violent confrontation, including roadblocks established by demonstrators. We remind all travelers to stay alert and cautious while travelling anywhere within the country. Please be aware that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
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:
- 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 Abidjan, located in the Riviera Golf neighborhood of the Cocody section, 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 Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).