Ivory Coast

Last updated: 4/19/2017

The Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) is located in West Africa. For more than three decades after its independence from France, Ivory Coast was known for its religious and ethnic harmony, as well as its well-developed economy. The official language is French with more than 60 ethnic groups there are several native languages. The country is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans, a key ingredient in chocolate. There are dry and rainy seasons. We are working together in Bible translation with MAST.  It can be a wonderful country in which to serve.

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Visa:

  • It is easier to obtain a Business visa.
  • Visas can be obtained with Travel Docs if you choose to use them. http://www.traveldocs.com/. They know all the ins and outs of dealing with this Embassy of the Ivory Coast.
  • Passport with at least six months remaining before expiration and at least one blank Visa page.
  • Attach two recent passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
  • Provide a copy of your return tickets. Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
  • Letter of Invitation from the Friends/Host in Ivory Coast, your invitation letter must be Notarized and must contain Hosts full home address. (A fax copy of the invitation is acceptable).
  • Vaccinations - International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever must be submitted with the visa application. (original not required)
  • 4-5 Business Days required to process Visa.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.


Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associate Recruiter of Team Lead for MAST.


Medical:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Ivory Coast for the most up to date travel info.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommendations vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

 

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women: 
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • A flashlight, a small portable battery operated fan.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • A flashlight and small battery operated fan.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.


Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • People are friendly and will greet you as you go.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Ivory Coast so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.