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Before arrival in Abidjan

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General Visa Information

Entry into Côte d’Ivoire is subject to a visa, except for nationals of ECOWAS member countries, and countries that have signed special agreements with Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, a valid passport is required for entry into Côte d’Ivoire. A national identity card is sufficient for ECOWAS nationals. The validity of passports must be for at least six months from the date of entry into Côte d'Ivoire.

As a hospitality measure for all participants in the 2015 Annual Meetings, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire intends to facilitate the granting of visas to the various participants and any persons accompanying them.

Exceptionally, for the purposes of the Annual Meetings of the AfDB Group, entry visas will be issued to participants upon arrival at the Felix Houphouet Boigny (FHB) International Airport.

Nationals of some AfDB member countries wishing to have an entry visa into Côte d’Ivoire before arriving in Abidjan are requested to contact Ivorian diplomatic missions with the following documents:

  • a passport with a validity of at least 6 months;
  • a completed application form;
  • a recent photograph (45mm x 35mm);
  • justification for the travel (invitation letter);
  • a hotel reservation in Côte d’Ivoire; and
  • an attestation of an air ticket reservation or a photocopy of the return ticket.

Holders of diplomatic passport, the AfDB Laissez-Passer, and other service Laissez-Passer and passports, as well as citizens of countries that have visa waiver agreements with Côte d’Ivoire, will be exempted from paying visa fees.


Length of Stay

The length of stay depends on the type of visa. For the Annual Meetings, the length of stay will correspond to the type of visa granted on arrival at the FHB airport, in Abidjan.


Côte d’Ivoire entry requirements for foreign nationals whose countries are exempt from the visa requirement (See List )

To enter Côte d’Ivoire, a valid passport is required. A national identity card is sufficient for ECOWAS nationals. The validity of passports will be at least six months from the date of entry into Côte d’Ivoire.

N.B. UN experts holding UN passports or Laissez-Passer do not require a visa to enter Côte d’Ivoire.

Staff members of the African Development Bank with AfDB Laissez-Passer do not require a visa to enter Côte d'Ivoire.

Ivorian Diplomatic Representations Abroad (see list)


According to WHO requirements, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire requires travelers entering the country to present a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.

An individual international health booklet should testify the participant’s protection against yellow fever. Participants who do not have certificates of vaccination against yellow fever will be vaccinated on site at the health station of the FHB airport. The cost of vaccination is 7,000 CFA francs.

Air Transport

Many airlines have direct flights to and from Côte d’Ivoire.

Several companies have scheduled flights to Europe from Abidjan: Air France; Royal Air Maroc; South African Airways; Corsair; Emirates; Brussels Airlines, etc.

Other airlines have scheduled flights to other African countries from Abidjan: Air Côte d’Ivoire; Air Burkina; Ethiopian Airlines; Asky, etc.





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AIR France

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Customs Formalities

The Government of Côte d'Ivoire will facilitate customs formalities for members of delegations participating in the Annual Meetings. Special arrangements will be made to ease customs formalities in accordance with the current regulations of the country.

However, it is strictly forbidden to bring into Côte d’Ivoire prohibited products such as narcotics.

No dangerous goods may be brought into the country or exported from the country. Firearms are also prohibited. Any visitor wishing to bring a weapon of any kind, including sporting weapons, must obtain an authorization to bear firearms.