As of Nov. 30, authorities have maintained Cote d'Ivoire's State of Emergency (SoE) across the country as part of the nation's efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Land and sea borders are closed; however, both domestic and international flights have resumed. Travelers arriving in Cote d'Ivoire will need to present negative COVID-19 test results taken up to seven days before arrival. Individuals without this document will not be allowed to travel. Travelers will also have to declare their trip on the official travel reporting portal and pay XOF 2,000 (USD 3.57). Travelers must present the declaration form at the port of entry. Travelers leaving Cote d'Ivoire also require a negative COVID-19 test and a declaration form. The test must be taken no more than seven days before departure. Cargo and freight transport will likely continue through land and sea borders, with increased screening in place.
Authorities have stated that bars, nightclubs, cinemas, and other places of entertainment can reopen with adequate hygiene and social distancing measures in place. Large gatherings have resumed with the approval of local authorities. Protective facemasks are mandatory in public places in the greater Abidjan area.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Exercise caution near medical facilities. Avoid all demonstrations.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.