Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

  • Reviewed: 26 January 2021, 14:42 NZDT
  • Still current at: 31 July 2021

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COVID-19

We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

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Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

Terrorism
There is a threat of terrorism in Côte d’Ivoire. On 13 March 2016, an armed attack on Grand Bassam Resort, near Abidjan, resulted in 18 deaths, including a number of foreigners. Further attacks could be directed against public places or locations known to be frequented by foreigners, such as resorts, transport hubs, places of worship, hotels or restaurants.

New Zealanders in Côte d’Ivoire are advised to be security conscious at all times, monitor the media for information about threats to safety and security  and follow any advice and instructions issued by the local authorities.

Violent crime
Violent crime, including armed robbery, home invasion and carjacking, occurs throughout Côte d’Ivoire, particularly in major urban and densely populated areas. Highway robberies have been reported, including on roads between major centres. There are reports of daytime muggings along the Charles de Gaulle and Houphouet Boigny bridges in Abidjan. Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing also occurs.

New Zealanders in Côte d’Ivoire should exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times, and avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable, such as jewellery, cameras and mobile devices. Plan road journeys carefully - always drive with windows closed and doors locked and hide valuables from view. We advise against travelling alone, by public transport, or after dark. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery, mugging or carjacking as this could lead to an escalation in violence.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations occur from time to time in Côte d’Ivoire and have on occasion led to violence, with clashes between protestors and security forces. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent.

General travel advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Côte d’Ivoire, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens who require consular assistance is severely limited.

New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in Côte d’Ivoire to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

Authorities may ask for proof of your identity, so carry a colour photocopy of your passport and visa for Côte d’Ivoire at all times.

Photography of government buildings, airports, military establishments or official residences is prohibited. If in doubt, don’t take a picture.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Côte d’Ivoire should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders travelling or resident in Côte d’Ivoire are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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