Warning: Cote d'Ivoire
released February 8, 2005, this information is current as of
Tuesday, May 31, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
Warning is being issued to inform American citizens that the
Department of State has lifted the authorized departure status
of non-emergency American employees and adult family members
of all employees at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
However, the Department continues to prohibit minor dependents
from accompanying U.S. government employees there. The Department
alerts U.S. citizens to ongoing safety and security concerns
in Cote d'Ivoire and urges them to defer non-essential travel
to that country. This supersedes the Travel Warning of December
After the violence that occurred in early November 2004, Cote
d'Ivoire has been mostly quiet. However, the security situation
remains tense and potentially volatile. While the Department of
State has determined that the current situation in Cote d'Ivoire
warrants lifting of authorized departure status, it still asks
Americans to defer travel there at this time. The airport has re-opened
and there are a number of flights by regional and European carriers
that service Abidjan. Land routes to the Ghanaian border remain
On November 4, 2004, Ivorian government forces launched aerial
attacks on cities in northern Cote d'Ivoire controlled by the New
Forces, resulting in the deaths of Ivorians and non-Ivorians. After
an aerial attack caused the deaths of nine French soldiers and
one American civilian, the French reacted by destroying most Ivorian
air assets and seizing the airport. In response, there were widespread
confrontations between Ivorian demonstrators and the French military,
resulting in some Ivorian civilian and military deaths. These incidents
were accompanied by widespread rioting, looting, and violence in
Abidjan and elsewhere, directed against the French, but also other
expatriate and some Ivorian individuals, homes, and businesses.
French schools in Abidjan were destroyed and have not since reopened.
Cote d'Ivoire has been relatively quiet since mid-November, but
security remains volatile and there is a risk of renewed conflict
throughout the country.
Embassy employees have been instructed to reduce travel within
Abidjan and to avoid travel at night. Travel to most areas outside
of the capital is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Private American
citizens are urged to follow the same guidelines. Americans should
also be sure that their vehicles are fully fueled, and that they
have adequate cooking fuel, food and water for several days.
The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan may close temporarily for general
business from time to time to review its security posture. U.S.
citizens who remain in, or travel to, Cote d'Ivoire despite this
Travel Warning should consult the Department of State's latest
Consular Information Sheet for Cote d'Ivoire and the Worldwide
Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. Americans
are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy by completing
a registration form on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/
, by calling (225) 20-21-09-79, or by faxing (225) 20-22-45-23.
American citizens in Cote d'Ivoire who need assistance should contact
the embassy at (225) 20-21-09-79. American citizens may also obtain
up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747
toll free in the United States or Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from
For additional information, call the Overseas Citizens Services
call center at 888-407-4747 and consult the Department of State's
Consular Information Sheet for Cote d'Ivoire, available via the
Internet at http://travel.state.gov. Please also see the current
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.
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