Côte d'Ivoire in the United Kingdom

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Visiting Côte d'Ivoire

Driving licence

For a short stay (less than 6 months), an international or Ivorian driving licence is not required: a driving licence from your country of origin is sufficient to drive in Côte d’Ivoire.

Entry and residence conditions

British nationals with ordinary, service or diplomatic passports wishing to travel to Côte d’Ivoire are required to have a biometric visa and a yellow fever vaccination.

For a visa application, please visit the Visa and passport.

The visa is usually valid from 1 to 3 months.You must be able to present a valid visa or an Ivorian residence permit to the police in order to enter the country.

Customs regulations

On entry into Côte d’Ivoire, non-residents are required to declare, in writing, all foreign currency in excess of the equivalent of one million CFA francs


Pets with a health and identification record (chip, tattoo) are allowed to enter the country with special permission from customs. However, they are not allowed to enter national parks and reserves.

We recommend that you contact the veterinary services of your country of origin to find out about the risks of travelling to Côte d’Ivoire for your pet. Vaccination against rabies must be at least one year old.

Before departure

It is imperative to have an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical expenses (including surgery and hospitalisation) and medical repatriation, or risk not having access to care, even in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Admission to health care facilities is subject to prior payment for care and treatment (or a deposit).


Vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory to enter and stay in the country. A check of the vaccination booklet is systematically carried out on arrival in Côte d’Ivoire.

It is recommended that the diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccination (DTP) be updated, as well as the rubella-mumps-measles vaccination in children; the anti-tuberculosis vaccination is also desirable.
Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.


Malaria is present in Côte d’Ivoire. It is a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquito bites. There are two complementary forms of malaria prevention: protection against mosquitoes and drug treatment.

With regard to drug treatment, it is advisable to contact your GP or a hospital specialising in travel medicine before departure. The treatment should be continued after your return, for a variable period depending on the treatment used.