Ivory Coast – Travel Alert

by Wayne Ghesquiere on April 12, 2011

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to Côte d’Ivoire due to violence and armed conflict. Land and sea borders are closed. A 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is in place. Tensions related to the 2010 presidential election results have led to ongoing armed clashes. Violence and aggressions against foreigners have been reported. Vehicles have been intercepted and passengers robbed. Canadians in Côte d’Ivoire should remain indoors with a supply of basic foods on hand and monitor the security situation closely. Commercial flights have resumed, however, very few flights are available. Canadians are still strongly urged to shelter in place until the situation stabilizes enough to allow for travel to the airport. Given the volatile security situation, the Embassy of Canada in Abidjan has suspended operations until further notice. Access to money is very difficult as most banks have closed. North of Bouaké Ongoing tensions along the line that divided the country into two politically opposed factions during the civil war continue to pose a risk. The integration of former rebel soldiers into the national army is a slow and difficult process. Communal and ethnic tensions also persist and have resulted in sporadic episodes of unrest in the northern territories. Canadians considering travel to this area should carefully plan their journey and have security precautions in place. Permission from authorities is required prior to undertaking travel to some northern areas. Western provinces The border areas with Liberia, along the western provinces of Dix-Huit Montagnes and Moyen-Cavally are particularly insecure. The region is volatile and the presence of armed militias and the lack of proper security forces patrols increase the risk to travellers. Highway robberies and carjackings have been reported.

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