Last updated: 21 Dec 2021

Ivory Coast


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 2022:

Jan 1; Apr 18, 29; May 1-3, 26; Jun 6; Jul 10; Aug 7-8, 15; Oct 8; Nov 1, 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.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 13/09/2021

Cote d'Ivoire is open for travel, with various health measures in place. Passengers must submit and pay for a Travel Declaration before their travel.

Flight restrictions

  • Flights departing from or travelling to Mali are currently suspended.
    • This does not apply to flights with prior permission or aircrafts in state of emergency.

Form requirements

  • Passengers entering Cote d'Ivoire must hold a printed Air Travel Declaration ("Déclaration de Déplacement Par Voie Aérienne") prior to departure to Cote d'Ivoire at a cost of 2000 FCFA. This can be accessed here.
  • Passengers travelling from Senegal must hold a printed Air Travel Declaration ("Déclaration de Déplacement Par Voie Aérienne") prior to departure at a cost of 2000 FCFA. This can be submitted online here

Test requirements

  • Passengers aged 12 years and older are required to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test result tested within 72 hours prior to departure.

Exit restrictions

    • Passengers, aged 12 and older, are required to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test result tested within 7 days before departing Cote d'Ivoire from a Ministry of Health authorised testing centre at a cost of 25,000 FCFA.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

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
Visa applications: Mon / Tue / Wed 1000-1300
Collections: Thur and Fri 1000-1300

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by South African passport holders and all other passport holders for tourism & business purposes.

• A valid passport for a least six months; with two blank pages.
• Two individual visa application forms filled and signed by the applicant (copies, errors, alterations, omissions, inappropriate signature will be subject to refusal.)
• Two recent colour passport photos.
• An invitation letter from the correspondent in Cote d’Ivoire (company or individual) , with his (her) name, surname, address and contact numbers as well the visit purpose. If the Invitation letter is written by an individual, that letter is to be certified by a Town Council (with a copy of their ID), in the Ivory Coast. Invitation letter should be written in French.
• Employment letter.
• A hotel reservation or a legal accommodation certificate certified by the town council of the correspondent’s city, and a proof of residence in Cote d’Ivoire (residence card, copy of ID, bank card).
• Evidence of plane ticket reservation.
• Original proof of payment (valid for one week)
• Valid proof of yellow fever and cholera immunization.
• For children, annex the following documents:
a) Legal parental authorization from one of the two parents (if the child is traveling alone) - certified by a Commissioner of Oaths
b) Ivorian birth certificate (if the child is born in Cote d’Ivoire), or an international birth certificate (if born out of Cote d’Ivoire);
c) Unabridged Birth Certificate

Visa Processing Time

4 working days.

Visa Validity

up to 3 months

Visa Cost

SA passport holders:
Transit visa (1 - 3 days, single entry) R500.00
Single entry (3 days - 1 month) R683.00
Multiple entries (3 months) R1200.00

An express visa is available and there is an additional R500 charge. It takes 24 hours. (Submit application in the morning before 1300, from Mon-Fri, in order to obtain the visa on the next working day).

Bank name: Standard Bank, Hillcrest (Pretoria)
Account name: Embassy of Cote d`Ivoire
Account number: 012 62 42 68
Branch code: 011545

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

Travel Health

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