Travel Advisory for Cote d’Ivoire

Exercise increased caution in Côte d’Ivoire due to COVID-19civil unrestcrimeterrorism, and upcoming elections.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Côte d’Ivoire due to COVID-19.

Airport operations and international flights in Côte d’Ivoire have resumed, although the number of flights is reduced. Land and maritime borders remain closed. Business operations (including day cares and schools) have fully resumed. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Côte d’Ivoire.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Northern border region due to terrorism.

Country Summary: Legislative elections are expected to take place in late February or early March 2021. Past electoral periods were marked by incidents of civil unrest, including demonstrations, vandalism, and violence. Similar incidents of unrest may occur in the period leading up to, during, and following the upcoming legislative elections.

  • Violent crime, such as carjacking, robbery, and home invasion, is common.
  • Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting areas frequented by foreigners.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Abidjan. Embassy personnel are prohibited from driving outside the cities after dark, including between Abidjan, Grand Bassam, and Assinie.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Côte d’Ivoire:

Northern Border Region: Reconsider Travel

Extremists have carried out attacks in areas of Mali and Burkina Faso adjacent to Côte d’Ivoire and at an Ivoirian military border post in the town of Kafolo in June 2020. Exercise increased caution and security procedures in remote areas adjacent to the northern border.

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Last Update: Reissued with updates to election information.