General Visa Information

Entry into Côte d’Ivoire is subject to a visa, except for nationals of ECOWAS member countries, and countries that have signed special agreements with Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, a valid passport is required for entry into Côte d’Ivoire. A national identity card is sufficient for ECOWAS nationals. The validity of passports must be for at least six months from the date of entry into Côte d'Ivoire.

As a hospitality measure for all participants in the 2015 Annual Meetings, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire intends to facilitate the granting of visas to the various participants and any persons accompanying them.

Exceptionally, for the purposes of the Annual Meetings of the AfDB Group, entry visas will be issued to participants upon arrival at the Felix Houphouet Boigny (FHB) International Airport.

Nationals of some AfDB member countries wishing to have an entry visa into Côte d’Ivoire before arriving in Abidjan are requested to contact Ivorian diplomatic missions with the following documents:

  • a passport with a validity of at least 6 months;
  • a completed application form;
  • a recent photograph (45mm x 35mm);
  • justification for the travel (invitation letter);
  • a hotel reservation in Côte d’Ivoire; and
  • an attestation of an air ticket reservation or a photocopy of the return ticket.

Holders of diplomatic passport, the AfDB Laissez-Passer, and other service Laissez-Passer and passports, as well as citizens of countries that have visa waiver agreements with Côte d’Ivoire, will be exempted from paying visa fees.

Length of Stay

The length of stay depends on the type of visa. For the Annual Meetings, the length of stay will correspond to the type of visa granted on arrival at the FHB airport, in Abidjan.

Côte d’Ivoire entry requirements for foreign nationals whose countries are exempt from the visa requirement (See List )

To enter Côte d’Ivoire, a valid passport is required. A national identity card is sufficient for ECOWAS nationals. The validity of passports will be at least six months from the date of entry into Côte d’Ivoire.

N.B. UN experts holding UN passports or Laissez-Passer do not require a visa to enter Côte d’Ivoire.

Staff members of the African Development Bank with AfDB Laissez-Passer do not require a visa to enter Côte d'Ivoire.

Ivorian Diplomatic Representations Abroad (see list)

 

It is important to remember that the so-called “New Africa” is made up of 54 countries in five regions. Africa is not a single monolithic whole. The only safe generalisation is that Africa is planning, managing and starting to finance its own destiny.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President