Non-Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Mission to Cote d’Ivoire understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible.  In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus

On Thursday, March 11, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of aliens who were physically present in any of the 26 countries that make up the Schengen Area within the 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.  The Schengen Area consists of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.  This suspension also applies to travelers who transit the Schengen Area.

More details on this and other presidential proclamations and all exceptions are available on the Department of State website:

It is strongly recommended that travelers do not make any flight bookings before checking this website.

U.S. citizens are not subject to the proclamations.  All proclamations provide exceptions to the restrictions for lawful permanent residents of the United States.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan is responsible for issuing Non-Immigrant Visas to international travelers seeking to enter the United States on a temporary basis, whether for tourism, family visits, business or studies.  The purpose of your travel and other factors will determine the type of visa you require under American law. Please consult the list of visa categories to help you determine the type of visa needed for your travel to the United States.  Furthermore, the law governing U.S. Immigration stipulates that all visa applicants are presumed to be potential immigrants. It is the responsibility of the visa applicant to demonstrate that they will depart the U.S. at the end of their temporary stay. This is usually accomplished by demonstrating strong ties to a foreign country, including but not limited to social, economic, professional or familial ties.

Please visit the Global Support Services (GSS) website ( for complete information on applying for a non-immigrant U.S. visa in Abidjan, including a directory of non-immigrant visa categories.

Nationals of third countries may apply for U.S. Non-immigrant Visas in Cote d’Ivoire, although they may be subject to additional reciprocity fees based on their nationality. More information on whether you may be required to pay reciprocity fees may be found on

It is strongly recommended that travelers do not make any flight bookings before they are in possession of a valid visa for their travel.  It is also recommended to obtain health insurance that is valid in the United States for the duration of your journey.


To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Côte d’Ivoire: (+225) 20-20-41-41
    • Callers in the United States: Call 1-703-520-2249

    Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name