According to areacodesexplorer, Ivory Coast (French: Côte d’Ivoire, English: Ivory Coast) is a country in Africa bordering Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. Ivory Coast has been independent from France since 1960. The capital of Ivory Coast is Yamoussoukro. A number of major cities in Ivory Coast are: Abidjan (former capital), Bouaké and Man.
Ivory Coast is a country that has been plagued by unrest for a long time. For example, there was a civil war from 2002 to 2007 and a violent crisis after the presidential elections in 2010-2011. The security situation has now improved considerably, but tourists still ignore the country because there are still tensions. Unfortunately, many tourist attractions are withdrawn from attention because of this. The country has beautiful white beaches, large banana plantations, tropical rainforests and mountains. In addition, it has several National Parks including the largest National Park in West Africa called “Comoé National Park”. Elephants and hippos live in this park of 11,500 km². Chimpanzees and panthers can be found in other parts of Ivory Coast. The most famous sport in the country is football.
Where is Ivory Coast?
Travel information of Ivory Coast
Official name: Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Area: 322,463 km²
Country code: CI, CIV
Population: 27,481,086 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,752 m (Mount Nimba)
Distance (Amsterdam – Yamoussoukro): 5,134 km
Flight time: approximately 7 hours
Current status: All travel to certain areas in Ivory Coast is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow, orange and red.
Due to this status, a partially negative travel advice is in effect for Ivory Coast.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Ivory Coast that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Ivory Coast, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Ivory Coast. For separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Ivory Coast?
Weather and climate
Ivory Coast has a tropical climate. In Ivory Coast, temperatures vary between 25 and 40 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Ivory Coast can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Ivory Coast can be found at Climate info.
January, February and December are the best months to travel to Ivory Coast. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.
French is the official language in Ivory Coast. In addition, Mande, Malinke, Baule, Agni, Man, Dan, Diula and Sonufo are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into French for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Ivory Coast.
A visa is required. You can apply for this online via the official Snedai website. This visa can be collected after application at the embassy in The Hague or upon arrival at Abidjan airport.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Ivory Coast: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Ivory Coast in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Ivory Coast, it is mandatory to get vaccinated against yellow fever.
In addition, there are one or more vaccinations that are recommended.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in Ivory Coast. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Ivory Coast people pay with the CFA franc (XOF).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Ivory Coast can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices in Ivory Coast are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -16% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (37% cheaper), food (21% cheaper), imported beer in catering (117% more expensive), cigarettes (80% cheaper) and public transport (78% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Ivory Coast it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 2 hours earlier in Ivory Coast.
During our winter time it is 1 hour earlier in Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast has no difference between winter time and summer time.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Ivory Coast on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Ivory Coast you have to drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Ivory Coast, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Ivory Coast.
In Ivory Coast you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in Ivory Coast can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 111
– Fire: 180
– Ambulance: 185
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Ivory Coast can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Ivory Coast can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Ivory Coast end in.ci.
Ivory Coast official website: tourismeci.org.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Ivory Coast is 00225 or +225.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Ivory Coast? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Ivory Coast Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Ivory Coast.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Ivory Coast.
The national holiday of Ivory Coast falls on August 7 (Independence Day).
An overview of all other public holidays in Ivory Coast can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Ivory Coast, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Ivory Coast?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Ivory Coast. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Ivory Coast can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Ivory Coast can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Ivory Coast? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Ivory Coast, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Ivory Coast, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Ivory Coast.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Allowed, not always tolerated
Did you know that…
…Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa?
…Football is by far the most popular sport in Ivory Coast?
…63% of the population of Ivory Coast follow a tribal religion?
…42% of the population lives below the poverty line?