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The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan provides services to U.S. citizens living in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as to many tourist and business visitors each year. Among other things, the unit provides passport services, registers the birth of U.S. citizen children born abroad, offers notarial services, gives information on voting, and provides information to U.S. citizens visiting and residing in Cote d’Ivoire.
All of these services are available at the Consular Section by appointment. Please click here to make an appointment and see available times for passport and citizenship services. Appointments are mandatory and required for all public services except emergencies.
Please schedule your appointment only after you have completely read the information on our website related to the service you need. To reduce your wait time, fill out all required application forms and paperwork online in advance and bring them with you to your appointment.
There is no visa information available in the American Citizen Services Section.
International parental child abduction is the removal or retention of a child outside their country of habitual residence in breach of another parent or guardian’s custody rights.
One of the highest priorities of the Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens incarcerated abroad. The Department of State is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas. We stand ready to assist incarcerated citizens and their families within the limits of our authority in accordance with international, domestic, and foreign law.
When an U.S. citizen dies abroad, the Bureau of Consular Affairs assists the family and friends. The Bureau of Consular Affairs attempts to locate and inform the next-of-kin of the U.S. citizen’s death. The Bureau of Consular Affairs provides information on how to make arrangements for local burial or return of the remains to the United States. The disposition of remains is subject to U.S. and local (foreign) law, U.S. and foreign customs requirements, and the foreign country facilities, which are often vastly different from those in the United States.
When a U.S. citizen is the victim of a crime overseas, he or she may suffer from physical, emotional or financial injuries. It can be more difficult because the victim may be in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language or customs.
Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. We provide many services, and the most common are listed below.
If you reside in Cote d’Ivoire and have questions regarding services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in Paris, France. For more information on their services and how to contact them, please visit their webpage at: https://fr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security-administration/ For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage Service Around the World. If you are already receiving SSA benefits payments, there will be no change in the method of distribution of those payments.
Service members, Veterans, and their beneficiaries can apply for benefits services on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website at www.va.gov. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) can also be of assistance if Veterans and beneficiaries have questions about benefits and services.
If you are a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), you are responsible for filing U.S. federal income tax returns while abroad. You will find useful information on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, such as Frequently Asked Questions about taxes or how to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you are a U.S. government employee working overseas, you cannot claim the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. For additional information, visit the IRS website.
U.S. embassies and consulates overseas assist the Selective Service System with its registration program abroad.
Now all U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, go to www.FVAP.gov to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States. We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. You should include your email address on the form so it’s easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, be sure to include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices.
The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.Legal Assistance Medical Assistance Additional Resources for U.S. Citizens
The rules of the Cote d’Ivoire Bar Association prohibit advertising on the part of its members. As the publication of names of Ivoirian attorneys together with any data concerning their experience and qualifications may be considered a violation of this rule, this list is intended for private use and is released on the specific condition that it is not to be published. A list of all attorneys practicing in Cote d’Ivoire may be viewed from the website of the Cote d’Ivoire Bar Association.
There is no shortage of physicians, dentists, clinics, and hospitals both small and large. However, most fall short of Western standards of health care. Probably the most important thing to remember about medical personnel and facilities in Abidjan is that it is a very fluid and changeable situation. The good consultant that was here last month may have left the country temporarily or even permanently. One of the biggest barriers to accessing local care is language. Although in much of the world English has become the language of medicine, health practitioners in Francophone countries are still holding out. Few clinicians here speak English. Following is a list of doctors and resources, currently in practice at the time of publication of this list.
Traveling abroad doesn’t have to be confusing if you know the right things before you go. In this section, we aim to provide you with the essentials if you are planning on traveling abroad. However, in order to consult the most recent and updated information, we advise you to have a look at http://travel.state.gov/, the website the U.S. Department of State has designed especially to make American travelers aware of the requirements to be fulfilled and the cautions to be heeded when undertaking a trip abroad.
This section provides an overview of the intercountry adoption process. The process varies greatly, as it is governed by the laws of the countries where the adoptive parents and the child reside (which in the case of the United States means both federal and state law), and also in which of these locations the legal adoption is finalized. Additionally, if the child’s home country is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, the Hague processes of both countries must be followed. Prospective adoptive parents should consider all of these factors when evaluating what to expect. Côte d’Ivoire joined the Hague Adoption Convention as of October 1, 2016.
A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
U.S. embassy and consulate personnel cannot perform marriages in foreign countries. Depending on the law of the foreign country, local civil or religious officials generally perform marriages. Marriages performed overseas are considered valid in the country where they take place if they are entered into in accordance with local law. Recognition of the validity of marriages performed abroad depends on the laws of the place in which the marriage is to be recognized.