FCO Travel Advice for - Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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  • 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.

  • Following French military intervention in Mali, there is a possibility of retaliatory attacks targeting Western interests in the region. Be vigilant.

  • There have been a number of shootings around Abidjan since August 2012. Attacks happen mainly at night and the targets have usually been the police and military. Further incidents can’t be ruled out. See Security situation and Crime

  • There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

  • Cases of meningitis have been detected in northern and central regions of Côte d’Ivoire. The affected districts are Boundiali, Bouna, Ferke, Korhogo, Seguela and Tengrela in the North and Bandama Valley region in the central part of the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other international health agencies are supporting local authorities to control the spread of the disease.

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

  • You should register with our Embassy and warden network in Abidjan. See Consular assistance

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.