The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the western regions of Dix-Huit Montagnes, Haut-Sassandra, Moyen-Cavally and Bas-Sassandra. See Local travel

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. As a result, Côte d’Ivoire has closed its land borders with Guinea and Liberia. Travellers may also encounter additional health checks along the border with Ghana, which remains open. If you travel to this region you should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Cote d’Ivoire.

For further details about this outbreak of Ebola, see the World Health Organization website, the NaTHNaC outbreak surveillance database and this map showing the areas affected.

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

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. See Terrorism

Yellow fever, cholera, and measles cases have been reported in the Abidjan area since the start of 2011. Falciparum malaria is also endemic.

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.