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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to within 20km of the border with Liberia. See Local travel

There were incidents of violence and intimidation during local elections in October 2018 and re-runs in December 2018. Political tensions continue to be heightened following these elections, particularly in the central Plateau district of Abidjan. You should exercise caution and, in the event of unrest, monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel. You should avoid large public gatherings and political rallies. See Security

There were several incidents of violence and protest related to the military and to students during 2017 and 2018. Security forces in Bouake clashed on 8 to 9 January 2018, resulting in the destruction of military buildings. Military protests also occurred in several cities in Côte d’Ivoire in January, February and May 2017. The government reached an agreement with the soldiers resulting in an end to their protests. You should be vigilant near military barracks, military installations, large crowds and demonstrations. In the event of unrest monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel. On 18 September 2017 students protested around the Université Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, police responded with tear gas.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Côte d’Ivoire. A terrorist attack took place at Grand Bassam, near Abidjan on 13 March 2016 in which 18 people were killed including a number of foreigners. Further 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

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 we 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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.