Ivory Coast Travel Information
On January 6, 2017, soldiers will have taken control
of public buildings in the city of Bouak¨¦, and the
situation will be tense up north in the country. It is
an unclear situation that can spread to other parts of
the country quickly. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
encourages Norwegian citizens to exercise caution when
traveling to or staying in Abidjan and does not advise
travel that is not strictly necessary for other parts of
the Ivory Coast.
The situation is tense north of the Ivory Coast after
military night to Friday, January 6, 2017 has taken
control of public buildings in the city of Bouak¨¦. The
situation is considered unpredictable and it is reported
that the unrest is spreading to other cities in the
north of the country.
Travelers are encouraged to refer to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs' current travel advice for the Ivory
Coast. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages
Norwegian citizens to exercise caution when traveling to
or staying in Abidjan.
Although the situation in the country has been
steadily improving since the civil war in 2011, crime is
regularly reported on local gangs and unrest within the
defense. In November 2014, several Ivory Coast soldiers
took to the streets in protest of non-payment of bonuses
and other benefits. Particular caution should be
exercised around military installations and one should
avoid taking pictures of people without permission and
photographing military facilities. There is also unrest
in the border areas linked to militant activity in Mali
and Burkina Faso (Sahel).
There may be unrest in the border areas between
Liberia and Ivory Coast. This is a vulnerable area,
which could threaten stability in both countries.
Foreign citizens should not be particularly exposed
to violent crime. Again, Abidjan will be safer than the
rest of the country. Events can happen both daytime and
evening. Travelers are encouraged to take reasonable
precautions and to show particular care in choosing a
place of residence and location. Luggage should be kept
under close supervision at airports, bus stations and
other public places.
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Norwegian citizens staying in or planning a trip to
the Ivory Coast are encouraged to register their journey
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
There is a visa requirement for Norwegian citizens,
and visas must be obtained in advance. A visa must be
applied for and issued from the Ivorian Consulate in
Oslo (Consulate of Ivory Coast, Prinsens gate 22, 6th
floor, 0157 Oslo, tel. 22 31 31 90) or the embassy in
Along with the passport, which must be valid for at
least six months in addition to the travel stay, a
health/vaccination card must be brought. Yellow fever
vaccine is mandatory. A doctor or vaccination office
will be contacted well in advance of the trip to obtain
necessary vaccines. Always bring a photocopy of your
passport and air ticket.
Due to the Ebola in neighboring countries, all
travelers to the country will receive a health
examination which includes temperature control, filling
out a health declaration and disinfecting their hands.
Ivory Kiss is on the World Health Organization's list
of countries where Zika can occur and the Institute of
Public Health has updated health advice for pregnant
women and other travelers to travel to these areas. Read
more on the NIPH website: www.fhi.no.
Ivory Coast requires yellow fever vaccine and health
vaccination cards are brought on entry.
The standard of local hospitals is generally poor,
but there are some private and local clinics that are
designed for easier treatments. More comprehensive
operations should be undertaken in Europe. The
pharmacies have a wide range of medicines. Malaria
prophylaxis is recommended. Everyone should be
vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough
The Danish honorary consulate in Abidjan is following
up cases concerning Norwegian citizens. Responsible
Norwegian Embassy for the Ivory Coast is the Embassy in
Accra (Ghana). There is limited capacity for monitoring
Norwegian nationals in the country. The UD's 24-hour
operational center in Oslo can be contacted on tel. +47
23 95 00 00 in case of emergency.
The official name is the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
and the capital is Yamoussoukro. The largest city is
The area content is 322,463 km2 and the population is
22.85 million (estimate 2014).
President is Alassane Ouattara. He was re-elected by
a large majority in October 2015. Observers rated the
election as free and fair.
French is the official language. The most important
African languages are dioula, baoul¨¦, dan, anyin,
cebaara and senufo. Most major hotels and restaurants
also speak English.
Local currency unit is CFA. There are ATMs in
Abidjan, around the tourist spots and at the airport.
Some hotels accept credit card payments. Country code /
area code +225. There are several local mobile networks.
The current is 220 volts.
There is generally no need to pay special attention
to local customs and clothing. This also applies to
visiting women in Muslim areas in the north. However, it
should be taken into account during religious holidays.
Ivory Coast is the world's largest cocoa producer.
Other income comes from oil and gas. The port of Abidjan
is the largest in West Africa and is an important
transit point for goods to neighboring countries in the
north: Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The country has in
recent years experienced strong economic growth.
There have been protests and conflicts in recent
years, but these have largely been based on the civil