Last updated: 8 Feb 2019

Ivory Coast

About

The region that is now Côte d’Ivoire was at the centre of several major African trade routes, Yamoussoukro is about 230km (143 miles) north of Abidjan. Discover the town's lively market, the Palace and Plantations of the President and the Mosque.

The former capital and largest city, Abidjan, is dominated by the Plateau, the central commercial district. The older, more traditional heart of the city is Treichville, home of many bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as the colourful central market. There is a very good museum, the Ifon Museum, as well as the National Museum containing historic artefacts, statues and ivory

The nearby waterfalls are a popular attraction, as are climbs to the peak of Mount Tonkoui and visits to the villages of Biankouma and Gouessesso, 55km

Spot African wildlife. The national parks are largely inaccessible for visitors without their own vehicles.
Capital:  Yamoussoukro (ASK)
Currency:  West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Language:  French, 60 local dialects.
Dialling code from SA:  + 225
Time Zones: No UTC / GMT offset (2 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2019:

Jan 1; Apr 22; May 1, 30, 31; Jun 5, 10; Aug 7, 12, 15; Nov 1, 10, 15; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Right. 
Best Time to go: November - February
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are standard.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Dress should always be conservative away from the beach. 
Local Offences / Laws: It is illegal to photograph military or government installations. Homosexuality is illegal.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Check the local political situation before finalising travel plans. Personal security is recommended.  American Express and Mastercard are widely accepted (Visa and Diners Club are more limited).  There are strong ocean currents and swimming is unsafe.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into the Ivory Coast by passengers over 15 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250g of tobacco or 100 cigarillos.
• 1 bottle of wine.
• 1 bottle of spirits.
• 500ml of eau de toilette.
• 250ml of perfume.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of the Ivory Coast
795 Government Ave, 0083 Arcadia, Pretoria
P O Box 13510 Hatfield 0028
Tel: (012) 342-6913/4
Fax: (012) 342-6713
E-mail:visa.embassyci.pretoria@gmail.com
Visa applications: Mon / Tue / Wed 1000-1300
Collections: Thur and Fri 1000-1300

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SA Representative

South African Embassy,
Villa Marc Andre, Rue Monseigneur Rene, Koussi
Cocody President, Abidjan
Tel: 00 225 22 44 5963/7534
Fax: 00 225 22 44 7450
E-mail: Abidjan.consular@dirco.gov.za
Web: www.dirco.gov.za/Abidjan/

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever 
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk