Ivory Coast Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Aug 14, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to inform American citizens that the
Department of State has lifted the ordered departure status of non-emergency
employees and family members at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
However, the Department continues to alert U.S. citizens to ongoing safety
and security concerns in Cote d'Ivoire. This supersedes the Travel Warning
of December 9, 2002.
Although non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan and their
family members are now permitted to return to Cote d'Ivoire, the Department
of State continues to advise U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to
Cote D'Ivoire. Travel by U.S. Government personnel outside of greater
Abidjan areas requires authorization by the ambassador. Private Americans
who remain in, or travel to Cote d'Ivoire despite this advice should avoid
travel into the interior of the country.
Rebel forces control most of northern Cote D'Ivoire, including the cities of
Bouake and Korhogo, while the capital, Yamoussoukro, and the commercial
capital, Abidjan, remain under the control of loyalist forces. Although
loyalist and rebel forces 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.