Foreign travel advice

Côte d'Ivoire

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.


The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to:

  • within 40km of the northern border with Mali and Burkina Faso
  • the Comoé national park area in the northeast border region
  • within 20km of the border with Liberia
  • the remainder of Côte d’Ivoire based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

See Local travel and Terrorism

Travel to Côte d’Ivoire is subject to entry restrictions

  • All travellers to and from Côte d’Ivoire are required to complete an online air travel declaration to present on arrival. Travellers on domestic flights are exempt.
  • All travellers to and from Côte d’Ivoire need to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, dated a maximum of 7 days prior to travel, before boarding the aircraft.
  • Land and sea borders remain closed.
  • Arriving passengers are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Côte d’Ivoire, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Presidential elections took place on Saturday 31 October 2020. Demonstrations, road blocks and protests have taken place across the country since the start of the election campaign on 15 October and further protests are highly likely. You should avoid all demonstrations, large crowds and rallies. See Safety and security

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Côte d’Ivoire. There is an increased risk of terrorism and kidnap in northern border areas, due to the porous nature of borders into the Sahel region. However, there remains a risk elsewhere in the country. Attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants visited by foreigners are possible and could occur without warning. Be especially vigilant in these places. See Terrorism

You will need to get a visa before you travel. See Visas

Violent crime can occur at any time. Be particularly vigilant and take care when travelling by road, especially at night. See Crime

UK health authorities have classified Côte d’Ivoire as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

The British Embassy in Abidjan can provide emergency consular assistance. Consular support is not available in parts of Cote d’Ivoire where the FCDO advises against all but essential travel.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.