Foreign travel advice

Côte d'Ivoire


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

Public sector strikes, student protests and security sector demonstrations are taking place in Abidjan and other major cities around the country. You should continue to take extra care and avoid military bases, large crowds and demonstrations. You should also monitor local media and follow instructions given by the police and security forces locally.

On 13 January 2017, the government and soldiers reached a deal to end a dispute on pay and conditions.

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

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.