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Cote d'Ivoire Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Feb 05, 2004

This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Cote d'Ivoire and to remind them of ongoing safety and security concerns. This supersedes the Travel Warning of August 13, 2003.

The Department of State continues to urge U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Cote d'Ivoire. Travel by U.S. Government personnel outside of the greater Abidjan area requires authorization by the ambassador. Private Americans who remain in, or travel to Cote d'Ivoire despite this Travel Warning should avoid travel into the interior of the country.

Former rebel forces, known as the New Forces, control most of northern Cote d'Ivoire, including the cities of Bouake and Korhogo, while the official capital, Yamoussoukro, and the commercial capital, Abidjan, remain under the control of government forces. Although government and New Forces troops continue to uphold their cease-fire agreement and proclaimed "the end of the war" in a joint statement on July 4, 2003, the situation remains volatile.

While the situation in Abidjan and other areas outside the zones of conflict may appear calm, the situation is unpredictable, and resident Americans are urged to exercise caution in their activities. The international airport in Abidjan is currently open and operational and airlines continue their flights into and out of Abidjan. Land routes to the Ghanaian border remain open, although they are subject to delays due to roadblocks.

U.S. citizens who remain in Cote d'Ivoire despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Cote d'Ivoire, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or 317-472-2328 from overseas.

The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan may temporarily close for general business from time to time to review its security posture. American citizens visiting or resident in Cote d'Ivoire are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy by calling 225) 20-21-09-79, by fax at (225) 20-22-45-23, or by completing a registration form on-line at http://usembassy.state.gov/abidjan.

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