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Official Name: Republic of Côte d'Ivoire / République de Côte d'Ivoire
Capital: Yamoussoukro (political capital), Abidjan (economic capital)
Official Languages: French
Recognised Languages: Bété, Dioula, Baoulé, Abron, Agni, Cebaara, Senufo
Independence: (from France) 7 August 1960
Population: 23,919,000 (2014 estimate)
Currency: West African CFA franc
Time Zone: UTC+0 (Daylight Savings Time not observed)
Get travel insurance to Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) from Direct Travel Insurance. We offer low cost and high quality travel insurance to Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and most of the world.
Côte d'Ivoire borders Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and the Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea). The capital city is Yamoussoukro, although the administrative centre of the country is Abidjan, and most countries’ embassies can be found here.
Côte d'Ivoire has a tropical wet and dry climate, with a rainy season of May through to July, then a shorter rainy season of September to November, and to dry seasons. Abidjan is generally humid, whilst Yamoussoukro is slightly hotter.
You are advised to visit your GP 4 to 6 weeks before you travel to ensure you are up to date with any necessary vaccinations. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa means that travellers to Côte d'Ivoire may encounter some additional health checks at borders and airports. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Côte d'Ivoire. Medical treatment in Abidjan is of a reasonable standard, but any serious medical treatment would be likely to require evacuation to Europe.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advise against some travel to areas of Côte d'Ivoire. Please check for updates here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cote-d-ivoire - before you book your trip. Direct Travel Insurance are unable to offer cover for travel to any country against FCDO advice.