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How to get the Ivory Coast Visa for US Citizens: A guide

by Pilar Dujan | February 20, 2024
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Ivory Coast, despite being an underrated travel destination, has many wonders hidden within its borders. 

But, in order to enjoy all the Ivory Coast tourist attractions, you need to know what travel documents you need and how to get them. Here’s a guide on how to get the Ivory Coast visa for US citizens.

Do US citizens need visa for Ivory Coast?

Yes, US citizens must apply for the Ivory Coast visa before traveling. 

Thankfully, the United States is one of the countries eligible to apply online, which is a very simple and fast application process.

The Ivory Coast visa for US citizens is a multiple entry visa (you can enter and leave the country more than once), and its validity is 90 days. 

You should be aware of the fact that if you only travel to Ivory Coast in a layover, you will have to get a transit visa. Read our article about how to get a visa for Ivory Coast for more information.

Ivory Coast visa requirements for US citizens

The mandatory Ivory Coast visa requirements for US citizens are:

  • Uploading a copy of your valid passport
  • Providing a copy of your return ticket
  • Having a current bank card to pay for the fees
  • Having a valid email address to receive the approved visa
  • Showing proof of your accommodation in Ivory Coast

You can learn more about the process by reading about the Ivory Coast travel requirements.

What is the cost of the Ivory Coast visa for US citizens?

The cost of the Ivory Coast visa for US citizens is 73 EUR, which is the same as USD$80.

How long does it take to get an Ivory Coast visa for US citizens?

The safest thing to do is to apply 20 to 30 days in advance of your trip to Ivory Coast. It will give you enough time to correct any mistakes or issues. The applications usually take around a week to be processed.

Bridge over a river in Ivory Coast

Where is the Embassy of Ivory Coast in the United States?

Address: 2424 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States

Telephone: (202) 938-0310


Website: Embassy of Côte d’ Ivoire

Where is the Embassy of the USA in Ivory Coast?

Address: 82PF+2H8, D 33, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Telephone: (+225) 27-22-49-40-00

Fax: (+225) 27-22-49-43-23

Website: US Embassy in Ivory Coast

What are the vaccine requirements for Ivory Coast for US citizens?

Since Ivory Coast is a one of the endemic countries of yellow fever, all travelers need to vaccinate against the disease. 

On top of that, the following vaccines are recommended:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio. There’s currently a level 2 alert for the poliovirus so you should really follow this vaccination recommendation.
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid

Lastly, you should also be protected against mosquito bites as they can carry dangerous diseases such as malaria and dengue. You can read more about this topic and much more in our tips for traveling to Ivory Coast.

What is the time difference between Ivory Coast and the US?

The Ivory Coast is in Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0), and it also observes Daylight Savings Time (UTC+1). 

The US, on the other hand, has 6 different time zones: 

  • Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST): UTC-10 (10 or 11-hour difference)
  • Alaska Standard Time (AST): UTC-9 (9 or 10-hour difference)
  • Pacific Standard Time (PST): UTC-8 (8 or 9-hour difference)
  • Mountain Standard Time (MST): UTC-7 (7 or 8-hour difference)
  • Central Standard Time (CST): UTC-6 (6 or 7-hour difference)
  • Eastern Standard Time (EST): UTC-5 (5 or 6-hour difference)

What is the currency of Ivory Coast and the exchange rate to USD?

The Ivory Coast currency is the West African CFA franc (XOF) and it’s used in several West African countries.

The current exchange rate between the US Dollar and the West African CFA franc is:

  • 1 XOF = 0.001 USD
  • 1 USD = 598.818 XOF

How to travel to Ivory Coast from the US

It’s possible to fly directly from the US to Ivory Coast if you depart from New York City. If you need to travel from another US city, then you’ll have at least one layover.