Foreign travel advice

Côte d'Ivoire

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The FCO advise against all but essential travel to within 20km of the border with Liberia. See Local travel

On 7 and 8 February 2017 there were reports of shots fired in the air by protesting military personnel in Adiaké, 90km east of Abidjan, on 9 February soldiers apologised for their actions and the situation appears to have returned to normal. This follows demonstrations by the military and widespread public sector strikes in a number of cities during January 2017.

On 13 January 2017, the government and soldiers reached a deal to end a dispute on pay and conditions. The public sector suspended their strike action at the end of January 2017. However, there could be further demonstrations including in Abidjan. Although the situation has returned to normal, you should continue to take care, avoid military bases, large crowds and demonstrations, monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel.

There is a high threat from terrorism 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

You should avoid large public gatherings and political rallies. See Security

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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