Cote d'Ivoire Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 10, 2002
This supersedes the Travel Warning for Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) dated
October 18, 2002, to reflect an expansion in fighting between rebel elements
and Ivoirian government forces.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Cote d'Ivoire
and strongly urges that Americans in the country depart. Rebel forces
control most of northern Cote d'Ivoire, including the towns of Bouake and
Korhogo, while the capital, Yamoussoukro, and the commercial capital,
Abidjan, remain under the government's control. Although the government of
Cote d'Ivoire and the rebel forces have signed an agreement to cease
hostilities, the situation has become increasingly volatile. In late
November, fighting occurred in western Cote d'Ivoire, with new rebel groups
capturing the towns of Man and Danane and other areas.
In October, the Department ordered the departure of U.S. Government
personnel in non-emergency positions and family members of all U.S.
Government personnel in Cote d'Ivoire. While the situation in Abidjan and
other areas outside the zones of conflict may appear calm, the situation is
unpredictable, and we urge private Americans to leave the country while
space is still available on outgoing flights. The international airport in
Abidjan is currently open and operational during non-curfew hours, and
airlines continue their flights into and out of Abidjan with revised
schedules. Land routes to the Ghanaian border remain open, although they
are subject to extensive delays due to roadblocks. Travel by U.S.
Government personnel outside of Abidjan is authorized only on an exceptional
basis by the Ambassador. Private Americans who remain in Abidjan despite
this Travel Warning should avoid travel into the interior.
The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan may temporarily close for general business from
time to time to review its security posture. Americans can obtain updated
information on the security situation by contacting the U.S. Department of
State at 1-888-407-4747 (within the U.S.) or 317-472-2328 (outside the U.S).
U.S. citizens who remain in Cote d'Ivoire despite this Travel Warning are
urged to register with the U.S. Embassy by calling (225) 20-21-09-79 or by
fax at (225) 20-22-45-23.
Americans should closely monitor the Department's Web site at
. For additional information on travel to Cote
d'Ivoire, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular
Information Sheet for Cote d'Ivoire. Travelers should also review the
Department's Worldwide Caution Public Announcement. All of these documents
are available at http://travel.state.gov.