Côte d'Ivoire in detail

Planning Tips

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure you have a valid visa and a yellow fever certificate.
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Get a comprehensive health insurance before you go, and have enough cash handy to cover costs.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away.

What to Take

  • Anti-malaria medication to last the duration of your trip
  • Good hiking shoes (if you plan to hike up mountains)
  • A day pack and a refillable water bottle
  • A bathing suit
  • Insect-repellent spray suitable for the tropics (50% Deet)

What to Wear

Côte d'Ivoire is a hot, humid country and the air can sometimes get breezy in the evenings, so a mix of light, breathable clothing and something to throw on top is a good combination. If you plan to go out in the evenings to any of the more upmarket places in Abidjan, bring something smart – the Ivoirians like to dress up. For any hiking trips, invest in lightweight hiking clothes that soak up sweat easily – the humidity means tons of perspiration – and good hiking boots.