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

There are ongoing student protests in Abidjan around the Université Houphoet-Boigny area in Cocody on 18 September 2017. Police are responding with tear gas. Further demonstrations are planned in the Plateau area of Abidjan. You should avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place.

Military protests occurred in several cities in Côte d’Ivoire between 12 and 15 May 2017. The government reached an agreement with the soldiers on 16 May 2016, resulting in the soldiers calling an end to their protests. Road blocks have been lifted, but you should remain vigilant near military barracks, military installations, large crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel.

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

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

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.

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

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.