U.S. Embassy/Abidjan, Cote-d’Ivoire: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: President Arrival

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to the announcement that President Alassane Ouattara is expected to return to Abidjan tomorrow Sunday, March 2, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  U.S. citizens should be prepared for lengthy traffic jams and large crowds throughout the city of Abidjan.  While no violence is expected, American Citizens are advised to use caution, be aware of their surroundings and avoid large crowds.

We wish to remind you that even events and 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.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Cote-d’Ivoire enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.GovSTEP 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 Cote-d’Ivoire.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” 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, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate in Abidjan is located in the Riviera Golf neighborhood of the Cocody section of Abidjan and is open, 07:45 am to 16:30 pm (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/Consulate is (225) 22-49-44-50