A mix of simple villages, stunning coastline, European architecture and modern cities, Ivory Coast is a country of surprises.

Despite its turbulent history, there's a rousing spirit that travels the breadth of the country and its cultural diversity, friendly people and distinct landscapes are sure to enchant.

Our Ivory Coast trips

Ivory Coast travel highlights

Ivory Coast holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Ivory Coast

Geography and environment

Top 5 Souvenirs from Ivory Coast

Health and Safety

Further reading

Ivory Coast travel FAQs

COTE D'IVOIRE::
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance

British citizens must apply directly to the embassy for this visa rather than through a visa agency. Australians can apply for this visa through their visa agency. All other nationalities must check with their respective embassies/consulates and visas agencies for the application procedure. Please check early and allow plenty of time.

Visas for Cote d’Ivoire require quite a lot of documentation, generally including 2 visa application forms, 2 passport photos, Employment letter, proof of departure showing round trip travel and onward flight, plus a copy of confirmed hotel reservations is required. 

Dragoman will be applying for the hotel reservation letter for you approximately 3 months in advance of the trip and once received, we will forward this to you. In order for us to be able to do this you must provide us with your passport details in advance. The application for this letter can only be made once we have received passport details from everyone in the group so any delay in us receiving these details will delay when this letter is received. Please note that this letter can take some time to issue and we cannot guarantee a specific date for receiving this letter. We therefore recommend that you wait until you have received this letter before making any appointments at the Cote d'voire Embassy or consulate.

A 10% to 15% service charge is usually included in the bill. However it’s customary to tip taxi drivers and hotel staff.

Internet is available in major towns but scarce elsewhere.

Mobile phone coverage is fairly good in major towns. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.

Ivory Coast’s toilets may be basic. Be prepared for squat toilets, even in major centres.

Bottle of soft drink = 450 CFA 
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 600 CFA
Simple lunch = 1000 CFA
Three-course meal = 3500 CFA
Short taxi ride = 500 CFA

Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Ivory Coast. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.

Credit cards are widely accepted in major towns.

ATMs are available in the larger towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. 

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 25 May Ascension Day
  • 5 Jun Whit Monday
  • 23 Jun Day after Quran Revelation
  • 25 Jun Korité / Aid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
  • 26 Jun Korité / Aid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
  • 7 Aug Independence Day
  • 15 Aug Assumption Day
  • 1 Sep Tabaski / Aid al-Kabir (Feast of Sacrifice)
  • 1 Nov All Saints' Day
  • 15 Nov National Peace Day
  • 1 Dec The Day after the Prophet's Birthday
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Ivory Coast go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ivory-coast/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Ivory Coast

  1. Be considerate of Ivory Coast’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.