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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire: At a glance

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Population: 25.29 million

Official language: French

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 225185

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Côte d'Ivoire: Travel Health Information

Côte d’Ivoire is known for its diverse natural landscapes. Travellers can visit the grassy mountains of Mount Nimba or take in French-colonial architecture of the country’s several seaside towns.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Côte d’Ivoire may differ from your home country. Due to years of ongoing conflict in the country, the public healthcare system in Côte d’Ivoire has deteriorated significantly. Many facilities are in poor condition and have outdated medical equipment and technology. Access to basic healthcare services is very limited, especially in rural areas. Private facilities in Abidjan are generally well-equipped and accessible, but the quality of care may not meet an international standard.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in the Côte d’Ivoire typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – commonly to Western Europe – may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Côte d’Ivoire.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally accessible in Côte d’Ivoire, but may not have the latest medicines and products available. Make sure to pack an adequate supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Côte d’Ivoire’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Côte d’Ivoire are generally in poor condition and poorly maintained, although road quality may vary by region. Reckless driving and poorly maintained vehicles on the roads mean that traffic accidents are common and pose the greatest risk to travellers. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Côte d'Ivoire: At a glance

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Population: 25.29 million

Official language: French

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 225185

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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