Foreign travel advice

Côte d'Ivoire

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.


The following advice within Côte d’Ivoire remains in place:

The 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

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 Côte d’Ivoire and those travelling from Côte d’Ivoire to a country where a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry 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:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

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.

Demonstrations, road blocks and protests have taken place across the country since the start of the election campaign on 15 October. You should exercise caution and avoid large political rallies and gatherings, areas of demonstrations and protests. Curfews may be put in place at short notice. Further protests are likely ahead of the Presidential election on 31 October. 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 advise 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.