Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) travel advice

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Côte d’Ivoire - Exercise a high degree of caution

Exercise a high degree of caution in Côte d’Ivoire due to crime.

Borders with Mali and Burkina Faso - Avoid all travel

Avoid all travel to the following regions, within 50 km of the borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, due to the risk of terrorist activity:

  • Bagoué
  • Bounkani, including Comoé National Park
  • Folon
  • Tchologo

 

Border with Liberia - Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to the following regions, within 25 km of the border with Liberia, due to crime, insecurity and recurrent inter-community conflicts:

  • Cavally
  • San Pedro
  • Guémon
  • Tonkpi

 

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Safety and security

Region bordering Liberia

Inter-community land conflicts occur regularly and result violent clashes.

Regions bordering Mali and Burkina Faso

There is a continued risk of terrorist activity due to the presence of armed groups and militias in the northern border areas. There could be clashes between armed groups and security forces.

Crime

Petty crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, occurs regularly throughout the country.

During your stay in Côte d’Ivoire:

  • ensure that your personal belongings are secure at all times, including your passport and your other travel documents
  • avoid showing signs of affluence or wearing expensive jewellery
  • avoid carrying large sums of cash

Violent crime

Violent crime occurs regularly, especially at night, in big cities including Abidjan. Incidents include:

  • burglary
  • assault
  • car thefts, especially of luxury cars and four-wheel drive vehicles
  • carjacking
  • street hold ups

During your stay:

  • be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • avoid going out after dark
  • be wary of people walking behind you
  • lock your car doors and windows at all times
  • avoid confrontation
  • if attacked, don’t resist

Terrorism

There is a terrorist threat throughout the country. The risk is particularly high in the northern regions along the borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.

In urban centers, the following locations could be targeted:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship, airports, stations (bus, train and boat)
  • public areas frequented by foreigners, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other tourist destinations

Be particularly vigilant during:

  • sporting events
  • religious holidays
  • public celebrations
  • major political events, such as elections

Terrorists may use such occasions to mount attacks.

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur occasionally. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time.

Clashes between demonstrators and police have occurred. Demonstrations can also lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Exercise caution
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Road safety

Road safety is a major security risk in Côte d'Ivoire.

Pedestrians and drivers should exercise caution, as the number of road accidents is high, and emergency rescue services are limited or non-existent in some areas. Cycling is not recommended.

Road conditions

Road conditions vary throughout the country.

Main roads are generally paved, while secondary roads are mostly dirt roads.

Driving can be dangerous due to: 

  • numerous motorcycles present on the road
  • poorly maintained roads and potholes
  • stray livestok
  • lack of traffic signs
  • traffic jams and heavy traffic, especially in urban areas
  • overturned or broken-down vehicles blocking the road
  • insufficient lighting and vehicles not using their headlights
  • bad weather, especially during the rainy season

Driving habits

Drivers don't always obey traffic laws. Drivers often drive at excessive speeds. They can be aggressive and reckless. 

 If you choose to drive in Côte d'Ivoire:

  • always drive defensively
  • avoid travelling alone and after dark
  • keep doors locked and windows closed at all times
  • never leave personal belongings unattended in a vehicle, even in the trunk
  • bring a cell phone, charger and local emergency numbers
  • familiarize yourself with your itinerary before you leave
  • ask about insurance coverage options for roadside assistance when you rent a vehicle

Ambushes

Armed criminals, locally known as "coupeurs de route", are present on secondary and deserted roads. 

They set up roadblocks to intercept vehicles, both private cars and public transport vehicles. The criminals force vehicles to stop at gunpoint, sometimes assaulting passengers. 

Incidents occur at all hours of the day, including at night. They occur mainly in areas of agricultural production (cocoa, coffee, natural rubber and cashew nuts) and gold panning.

Roadblocks

Roadblocks are common throughout the country, especially at the entrances and exits of major cities. 

 You may be asked to identify yourself. 

  • Expect the presence of the gendarmerie
  • Don't drive through a roadblock without stopping, even if it seems unguarded
  • If you are stopped, follow the gendarmerie's instructions

Fraud

Cybercrime

Cybercriminals can compromise public Wi-Fi networks in order to steal personal data or credit information.

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks
  • Avoid shopping on non encrypted websites
  • Be cautious when posting information on social media
  • Be especially cautious if you decide to meet someone you met online
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails offering attractive business opportunities
  • Don't click on suspicious links that ask for your banking information in an e-mail or text message

Credit card and ATM fraud

Credit and debit card as well as ATM fraud are frequent in Côte d’Ivoire. When using your card at a payment terminal or at an ATM:

  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • pay careful attention when others are handling your cards to make a transaction
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • use ATMs located in public areas or inside a bank or business
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Overseas fraud

Tourism infrastructure

Tourism infrastructure is limited outside of major cities.

If you are planning a trip outside of major centers:

  • plan your trip accordingly
  • keep a supply of water, food and fuel on hand
  • make sure you always have a complete emergency kit on hand
  • bring a cell phone, charger and local emergency numbers
  • have cash reserves on you
  • use a reputable tour operator

Water activities

Ocean currents along the coast are powerful and dangerous. There are no rescue services.

Swimming

Beaches are generally unsupervised. Many people drown every year.

Avoid swimming in the sea, especially in Grand-Bassam, as it is dangerous, even for excellent swimmers.

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Advice for women travellers

Public transportation

Public transport services are limited and not all are safe. Avoid using public transport services.

Buses

Drivers of mini-buses, "Gbaka", do not always respect traffic laws.

Most Société des Transports d'Abidjan (SOTRA) buses are overcrowded and theft is frequent.

Taxis and taxi web applications

Taxis are frequently involved in traffic accidents. Passengers are sometimes mugged or robbed by cab drivers.

Group taxis, known as “woro-woro", and car taxis are available in major cities, but are not always well maintained. Most don't have air-conditioning and their mechanics are unreliable.

Web-based ride-sharing applications from home-based taxis companies are available. 

If you choose to take a taxi: 

  • ask for your taxi at reception if you are using hotel services
  • use only registered taxis
  • confirm the driver's identity and license plate before getting into the car if you're using a taxi ridesharing app
  • make sure the driver does not pick up other passengers on the way to your destination
  • make sure the taxi's doors and windows are securely closed
  • negotiate the fare in advance

Piracy

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live piracy report - International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre

Air travel

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

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Entry and exit requirements

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from Ivorian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the Foreign Representatives in Canada.

Passport

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Côte d'Ivoire.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

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Visas

Canadians must be in possession of a visa before arrival.

You can get a visa at Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport. However, you must first get a “receipt of pre-enrolment” online, as well as a “certificate of approval of the authority” (which is proof of authorization), before you board your flight to Abidjan.

Get an e-visa - Côte d’Ivoire’s official application service

Tourist visa: required
Business visa: required
Student visa: required

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children.

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

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Health

Relevant Travel Health Notices

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccinations, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Hepatitis A

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

 

Practise safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

Risk

  • There is a risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination for travellers from all countries.

Recommendation

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

Meningococcal disease

This destination is in the African Meningitis Belt, an area which has the highest rates of meningococcal disease in the world. Meningococcal disease is a serious and sometimes fatal infection. 

Travellers who are at higher risk should discuss vaccination with a health care provider. High-risk travellers include those living or working with the local population (e.g., health care workers) or those travelling to crowded areas or taking part in large gatherings.

Hepatitis B

 Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Malaria

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.

Malaria is a risk to travellers to this destination.
 
Antimalarial medication is recommended for most travellers to this destination and should be taken as recommended. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving. 
 
Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times: 

  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.
  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows.
  • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.
  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing. 

 If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

Influenza

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Rabies

In this destination, rabies is commonly carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions, including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. In this destination, rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Polio

Polio (poliomyelitis) is an infectious disease that can be prevented by vaccination. It is caused by poliovirus type 1, 2 or 3. Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus 2 (cVDPV2) is present in this country.
Polio is spread from person to person and through contaminated food and water. Infection with the polio virus can cause paralysis and death in individuals of any age who are not immune.

Recommendations:

  • Be sure that your polio vaccinations are up to date before travelling. Polio is part of the routine vaccine schedule for children in Canada.
  • One booster dose of the polio vaccine is recommended as an adult.
COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Cholera

Risk

Cholera is a risk in parts of this country. Most travellers are at very low risk.

To protect against cholera, all travellers should practise safe food and water precautions.

Travellers at higher risk of getting cholera include those:

  • visiting, working or living in areas with limited access to safe food, water and proper sanitation
  • visiting areas where outbreaks are occurring

Vaccination may be recommended for high-risk travellers, and should be discussed with a health care professional.

Travellers' diarrhea

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Schistosomiasis

There is a risk of schistosomiasis in this destination. Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by tiny worms (blood flukes) which can be found in freshwater (lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands). The worms can break the skin, and their eggs can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, or urinary problems. Schistosomiasis mostly affects underdeveloped and rural communities, particularly agricultural and fishing communities.

Most travellers are at low risk. Travellers should avoid contact with untreated freshwater such as lakes, rivers, and ponds (e.g., swimming, bathing, wading, ingesting). There is no vaccine or medication available to prevent infection.

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

Chikungunya

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Dengue
  • In this country, risk of dengue is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Lymphatic filariasis

Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is caused by filariae (tiny worms) spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can cause a range of illnesses. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for lymphatic filariasis although drug treatments exist.

African trypanosomiasis

African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) is caused by a parasite spread through the bite of a tsetse fly. Tsetse flies usually bite during the day and the bites are usually painful. If untreated, the disease is eventually fatal. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from bites especially in game parks and rural areas. Avoid wearing bright or dark-coloured clothing as these colours attract tsetse flies. There is no vaccine available for this disease.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Mpox

Mpox (monkeypox) is a risk in this country. It is a viral disease that can cause serious illness in some circumstances. Risk is generally low for most travellers.

Mpox spreads in 3 ways:

  • from animals to humans through direct contact or by eating or preparing undercooked meat of infected animals or coming into contact with an infected animal's body fluids

  • from person to person through close contact, including direct contact with the skin lesions, blood, body fluids, or mucosal surfaces (such as eyes, mouth, throat, genitalia, anus, or rectum) of an infected person

  • through direct contact with contaminated objects such as bedding and towels, or by sharing personal objects used by an infected person

Follow recommended public health measures and avoid contact with animals such as rodents and primates to help prevent getting or spreading the infection.

Lassa fever

Lassa fever is a risk in this country.

Lassa fever is caused by a virus carried by rodents. Humans get sick when they inhale or come into close contact with feces, saliva, or urine of infected rodents or the blood or bodily fluids of infected humans.

Lassa virus can be very serious. Avoid rodents and rodent-infested areas.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette, which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •  washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

HIV

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.

Medical services and facilities

Health facilities and medical supplies are adequate in Abidjan. There are few medical facilities outside of Abidjan.

Public and private medical facilities generally require an initial cash deposit, a payment guarantee or confirmation that you have medical insurance.

Air evacuation is sometimes the only option in the event of a medical emergency in remote areas.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Medication

Some prescription medications may not be available in Côte d’Ivoire.

If you take prescription medications, you’re responsible for determining their legality in Côte d’Ivoire.

  • Bring sufficient quantities of your medication with you
  • Always keep your medication in the original container
  • Pack them in your carry-on luggage
  • Carry a copy of your prescriptions

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Laws and culture

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.

Drugs

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. If you are convicted, you can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.  

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Côte d'Ivoire.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Côte d'Ivoire, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. It does not apply between Canada and Côte d’Ivoire.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Côte d’Ivoire by an abducting parent:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Côte d’Ivoire to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children's Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country's judicial affairs.

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Identification

Local authorities may request to see your ID at any time.

  • Always carry valid identification or a photocopy of it
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport, visa or residence permit in a safe place in case they’re lost or seized
  • Keep a digital copy of your ID and travel documents

Photography

Photography of sensitive installations is prohibited, including:

  • military sites
  • government buildings, including radio and television stations
  • the presidential palace
  • the airport
  • the Charles de Gaulle and Houphouet-Boigny bridges in Abidjan

Seek permission before taking photos of individuals.

Dress and behaviour

To avoid offending local sensitivities:

  • dress conservatively
  • behave discreetly
  • respect religious and social traditions

Export of cultural objects

The export of cultural objects is regulated. Art objects purchased in Côte d'Ivoire must be accompanied by an export permit issued by the National Museum.

Driving

You should carry an international driving permit.

In the event of a car accident:

  • stay calm and avoid confrontation
  • remain at the scene of the accident
  • call the national police at 100 or 01 03 79 91 44 to report the accident and request the intervention of the transport police
  • don't move your vehicle until the authorities arrive

If you feel in danger:

  • ensure your doors are locked and your windows are closed
  • drive to the nearest police station or secure location
  • report the accident to the police and your insurance company as soon as possible

More about the International Driving Permit

Money

The currency in Côte d'Ivoire is the African Financial Community franc (CFAF).

Credit cards are accepted at major hotels, and some restaurants and shops. ATMs are available in Abidjan and most major cities.

Carry cash outside major cities.

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Natural disasters and climate

Rainy season

The rainy season extends from:

  • May to July and October to November in the southern coastal region
  • mid-March to mid-May and mid-July to mid-October in the central and north-central regions
  • from July to November in the northern region

Heavy rains can cause flash floods and landslides, interrupt essential services and hamper overland travel.

  • Monitor local media for the latest updates, including those on road conditions
  • Stay away from flooded areas
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, including evacuation orders

Seasonal wind  

The harmattan, a hot wind from the Sahara, blows between December and February.

Be on the lookout for symptoms of dehydration, heatstroke and flu caused by the omnipresent dust, all of which can be fatal.

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Need help?

Local services

Emergency services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 170 / 110 / 111
  • medical assistance: 185
  • firefighters: 180

Consular assistance

Abidjan - Embassy of Canada
Street Address23 Noguès Avenue, Trade Centre Building, 6th and 7th floors, Plateau, Abidjan, Côte d'IvoirePostal AddressP.O. Box 4104, Abidjan, 01, Côte d'IvoireTelephone(225) 27 20 30 07 00Fax(225) 27 20 30 07 20Emailabdjn@international.gc.caInternethttps://www.canada.ca/Canada-And-Cote-dIvoireFacebookEmbassy of Canada to Côte d'IvoireTwitterCanada Côte d'IvoireConsular district

Liberia

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in Abidjan and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

Disclaimer

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If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services.

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