Non-Immigrant Visas

Information for visa applicants regarding consular operations:  The United States Embassy in Abidjan remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at to request an emergency appointment.  We are currently unable to consider F-1 or M-1 students for expedite appointments given local conditions and public health precautions.

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