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Ivory Coast

If you’re travelling to the Ivory Coast our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Travel to Ivory Coast

Passengers to Côte d’Ivoire are not required to show a negative PCR test on arrival provided they hold valid proof of vaccination. Passengers who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, dated a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival.

Also passengers must complete a government-issued form prior to arrival at a cost of 2,000 XOF, available online here: https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/  Further instructions on COVID-19 related protocols for arrivals are available on the same website.

Be advised, COVID-19 measures are subject to frequent review so may change at short notice. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Most COVID-19 related restrictions in Cote d’Ivoire have been lifted; however, you need to wear facemasks in public places. 

The Government of Côte d’Ivoire is encouraging those with any information or concerns about COVID-19 to call these local free hotline numbers: 143 or 101. You can also send a text message to 1336 to receive information about COVID-19 by text.

General Travel Advice

In recent years there have been political protests in Abidjan and around the country . Based on experience, these protests may turn violent. You should exercise caution and avoid large political rallies and gatherings, areas of demonstrations, and protests. In the event of unrest, monitor local media and follow instructions and announcements from the local authorities.

Due to the presence of armed militia groups in the area, we advise against all but essential travel to the western regions of Cote d'Ivoire within 50 km of the border with Liberia.

Due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping in the northern Sahelian regions of Cote d’Ivoire, we advise against all travel to:

  • Within 40km of the borders with Mali and Burkina Faso
  • Northern Zanzan and Savenes provinces
  • Comoé national park

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Terrorism

There is a threat of terrorism in Cote d'Ivoire.   There are terrorist groups operating in Mali and Burkina Faso, which share a border with Cote d’Ivoire. These areas should be avoided as the borders are porous and cross border attacks are possible. There is also a risk of a terrorist attacks elsewhere in Côte d’Ivoire, including the capital Abidjan. A terrorist attack took place at Grand Bassam near Abidjan in2016, in which 18 people were killed including a number of foreigners. The attack was claimed an affiliate of Al-Qaeda. Indiscriminate terrorist attacks could target  civilian places frequented by tourists and expatriates such as hotels, beaches, churches or other areas where people gather.

Demonstrations

There were several incidents of violence and protest related to the military during 2017 and 2018. In the event of further protests, you are advised to follow directions of local authorities and monitor local media for updates.

You should avoid protests and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent.

Crime

There is a risk of armed robbery and violent crime in Cote d'Ivoire as well as petty crime. You are advised to take common-sense precautions and get advice locally about the risks.

Attacks by armed robbers have been reported on the Yamoussoukro to Korogho highway and the Abidjan to Yamoussoukro highway as well as other parts of the country.

Driving

Driving standards and road conditions in Côte d’Ivoire are poor and are below the standard we are used to in Ireland. Avoid driving outside towns and cities at night as roads and vehicles can be poorly lit. During the rainy season travel by road can be treacherous, especially on rural unpaved roads.

Swimming

Ocean currents are very strong along the coast, and many swimming accidents are caused by rip tides. There’s no lifeboat service and many drownings occur each year.

Practical advice

  • Read our Know Before You Go travel guide for useful security tips when travelling abroad
  • Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Practical advice

  • Read our travel advice, inform yourself before travelling and get advice locally when you arrive
  • Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them
  • Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal
  • Homosexuality is not illegal in Côte d’Ivoire, but there is no legal recognition of LGBT couples. However, public attitudes may be less tolerant than in Ireland, so you should be discreet.

Health

Health

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Vaccinations

Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for all travellers to Cote d’Ivoire over 9 months of age.

Medication

Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.

Additional Information

Additional information

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to the Ivory Coast and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in the Ivory Coast there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.

You should contact the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

More advice

Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in the Ivory Coast so we can’t verify detailed travel advice to ensure that it’s accurate, appropriate and up to date. However, we encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

We do not have an Embassy in Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), please contact Embassy of Ireland Nigeria.

If you need urgent assistance, you can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Maitama District
Abuja
Nigeria

Tel: +234 9 462 1080
Fax: + 234 9 4131805

Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm; Friday 9am to 12pm

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