IVORY COAST TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Côte d'Ivoire is a West African country with beach resorts, rain-forests and a French-colonial legacy. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the country’s major urban centre. Côte d'Ivoire's claim to fame is not simply its shiny and cosmopolitan commercial capital Abidjan or its thousands of miles of smooth roads (quite out of place in this part of Africa!), but its rich tradition of art and music, as excitingly diverse as its people. For years, Cote d’Ivoire basked in the reputation of being one of Africa’s success stories, with impressive economic growth and stable political set-up.

 

In recent years, following the death of one of the longest-ruling Presidents of the world and the ensuing confusion, this reputation has suffered somewhat, and today, the incidence of urban poverty and social problems like HIV are disturbingly high; however, the Ivory Coast’s people continue to fascinate with their culture and craftsmanship and the countryside remains beautiful.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Cote d’Ivoire has resumed flights in a limited capacity. The government has currently suspended issuing visas, and only Cote d'Ivoire nationals, ECOWAS nationals (who do not require visas), other foreign nationals who already hold visas and residents may enter the country.Travelers must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test issued within 5 days before departure to Cote d’Ivoire.Travelers must complete and submit a "AIR TRAVEL DECLARATION (DDVA)" before departure at a cost of 2000 XOF.Travelers need to hand in this form on arrival and comply with the medical monitoring system which has been put in place by the authorities for anyone arriving in Côte d’Ivoire from outside. This includes providing temperature readings and registering of contact details.Travelers with a valid COVID-19 negative test and without any symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to enter Côte d’Ivoire and be monitored by SMS tracking for 14 days.Travelers without any valid COVID-19 negative test results and have symptoms of COVID-19(body temperature higher than 38 degrees) are required to take a COVID-19 test at own expense.Travelers will be advised to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Cote d’Ivoire.

 

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  • Capital: Yamoussoukro; Abidjan remains administrative centre (moved from Grand-Bassam in 1893 then Bingerville in 1933)
  • Currency: CFA franc (XOF)
  • Area: 322,460 km²
  • Population: 25,07 million (2018)
  • Language: French (official), 60 native dialects with Dioula the most widely spoken
  • Religion: Christian 20-30%, Muslim 35-40%, indigenous 25-40%
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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IVORY COAST

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 May, Labor Day
  • 7 August, Independence Day
  • 15 August, Assumption
  • 1 November, All Saints Day
  • 15 November, Peace Day
  • 7 December, Félix Houphouët-Boigny Remembrance Day

Also, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, the day after Maulid an-Nabi, the day after Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

Holidays that fall on a Sunday are often observed on the Monday following.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Cote d’Ivoire is located in the transition zone between the humid equatorial climate that characterises the southern part of the country, and the dry tropical climate of the north. The country generally experiences a rainy season from June to October and average annual temperatures range from 24-28°C. In the north, the rainy season occurs from June to October, while the dry season is between the months of November to May. The southern region of Cote d’Ivoire generally experiences four seasons. May to June brings heavy rains while shorter rains occur during August and September. A shorter dry season occurs during October to November and the main dry season occurring from December to April.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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