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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Crime is a serious problem in Abidjan. Take a taxi after dark. Despite its reputation, Treichville is relatively safe up to 15th Ave, but, for the time being, Marcory and Adjamé are best avoided as much as possible since the chance of travellers getting mugged there remains high. Don’t ever walk over the bridges between Treichville and Le Plateau. You might not even want to drive over Pont du Général de Gaulle during rush hour when many taxi passengers get robbed.

Getting around the city can be frustrating because police regularly stop vehicles, especially shared taxis, demanding bribes from the drivers, and sometimes passengers. Those presumed to be French often get a little extra hassle. If someone is picking you up at the airport, make sure the person holding the sign with your name is really who he says he is.

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While you're there

Medical services

Polyclinique Internationale St Anne-Marie (Pisam; 22-445132; off Blvd de la Corniche, Cocody) The only hospital with a 24-hour intensive-care unit.

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