*Entry to Côte d’Ivoire: Biometric in-person visa services at the Côte d’Ivoire Embassy in London are suspended due to COVID-19. Anyone wishing to enter Côte d’Ivoire who does not already have a visa should make their visa application through the e-visa service online before travel, available in English. If you are not an ECOWAS national, you must hold a valid visa or have had your application for an e-visa approved for Côte d’Ivoire before you travel.
After registering and paying online, you’ll be able to collect your visa on arrival at Abidjan airport. You’ll need to apply for the e-visa online several days before your date of travel to allow time for your application to be processed. Make sure you follow instructions on the website carefully to avoid any difficulties with airlines or immigration authorities.
*Testing / screening for arrivals: If you are arriving in Côte d’Ivoire, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, dated a maximum of 5 days prior to travel, before being allowed to board your flight. You should arrange to take a private test.
You’ll also need to complete the DDVA form prior to arrival at a cost of 2000 XOF, available online. You’ll 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 your contact details. If you have a temperature below 38 degrees and a valid negative COVID-19 test result, you may be permitted to enter Côte d’Ivoire. You will be monitored by SMS tracking for 14 days. If you have a temperature high than 38 degrees and/or an invalid COVID-19 test result on arrival, you’ll be required to take a COVID-19 test at your own expense.
Measures are subject to frequent review so may change at short notice.
*Departing Côte d’Ivoire: If you’re departing Côte d’Ivoire you’ll need to complete the online DDVA form at a cost of 2000 XOF. All travellers aged 11 and over who are departing Côte d’Ivoire will also need to pay 48,000 XOF online for a COVID-19 test at a COVID-19 test centre.
Once you have taken the COVID-19 test, you’ll receive an SMS within 48 hours if your results are negative. The test must be taken no more than 5 days before your date and time of departure. The Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene will issue a negative COVID-19 test certificate to passengers, which will be available online to download. You must present this certificate at the airport on the day of travel.
If you return a positive COVID-19 test, you will not be permitted to travel for a 14-day period.
*Transiting Côte d’Ivoire: You will not require a visa for any airside transit.
*Quarantine requirements: You may be advised to self-isolate in your own accommodation for 14 days on arrival in Côte d’Ivoire.
*Data collection: On arrival, you will be required to register your contact details before exiting the airport at the ‘Stop COVID-19’ facility.
*Testing / screening on departure: For departures, you’ll need to complete the DDVA (air travel declaration) form at a cost of 2000 XOF. If you are aged 11 or over, you’ll also need to pay 48000 XOF online for a COVID-19 test at any of the approved test centres in Abidjan including:
Centre de Cocody St. Jean: Dr. Kragbé – 09 02 87 49
Centre de Marcory: Dr. Vé – 49 35 57 33
Centre du Plateau: Dr. Méné - 09 72 39 54
Centre de Yopougon: Dr. Diakité - 07 75 65 47
Centre du CHU de Treichville (SMIT): Pr. Eholié - 08 641 080
The test must be taken no more than 5 days before your date and time of departure. If you’re departing Côte d’Ivoire, you’ll receive an SMS within 48 hours if your COVID-19 test results are negative. The Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene will also issue a negative COVID-19 test certificate to passengers, which will be available online to download.
You should bring this certificate with you to the airport when you travel. Your temperature may be checked at the airport. If the temperature reading is higher than 38 degrees, passengers will be transferred to the airport medical facilities for further investigation.
*Travel in Côte d’Ivoire: The ban on all movement to and from Abidjan was lifted on 15 July.
*Accommodation: Most hotels and other accommodation are now open. Everyone is required to wear face masks in public areas.
*Public places and services: Most COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted; however, you need to wear face masks in public places. There are hand-washing facilities and/or antibacterial gel available before entering most public buildings and restaurants.
Schools, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas and theatres are open.