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Cote d’lvoire

Time Difference: EST + 7 hours   Current Time and Date in Cote d’Ivoire
Currency: Currency Converter  – Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)
Travel Advisory: State Department Report Cote d’Ivoire
US Embassy in Cote D’Ivoire: abidjan.usembassy.gov

Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire, is located in West Africa. It borders the countries Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana; its southern boundary is along the Gulf of Guinea.  Prior to its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states, including Gyaaman, the Kong Empire, and Baoulé.

Health: CDC Cote d’Ivoire
What to Pack
Weather: Cote d’Ivoire Weather
Communications: Dial 011 followed by country code 225

Travel Requirements

  • Passport
  • Visa required for all US Passport Holders, If you are not a US Passport holder, please consult the embassy in your region.
  • Proof of Immunization (Yellow Fever)

Diplomatic Missions

Côte d’Ivoire’s permanent mission to the United Nations (not very up-to-date).

Ambassade de Côte d’Ivoire
Embassy of Ivory Coast, Ottawa – Canada.
Les Ambassades de Côte d’Ivoire à l’étranger
Embassies of Côte d’Ivoire abroad.
Ambassades étrangères en Côte d’Ivoire
Foreign Embassies in Ivory Coast.

CLIMATE

Warm Season: November to May; Average daily high temperature of 89°F and low of 78°F
Cold Season: June to September; Average daily high temperature of 82°F and low of 72°F

Language: French is the official language and English is widely spoken

PLACES OF INTEREST

Basilica Notre Dame de la Paix

Basilica Notre Dame de la Paix, also known as Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yammousoukro is one of the greatest prides of the Ivory Coast. It is considered as the tallest and largest church in the world. Its construction started in 1985 and was finished 4 years later. The president of Ivory Coast, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, wanted to venerate himself through the construction of the largest church in the world at his birthplace, Yammousoukro. The president was depicted in a stained glass offering a gift to Jesus with his apostles. Pope John Paul II consecrated the church on September 10, 1990. The Basilica Notre Dame de la Paix is designed after Rome’s Basilica of Saint Peter.

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