14th African Regional Meeting (Abidjan 3–6 December 2019)

Requirements to enter Côte d'Ivoire

Passports and visas

All foreign visitors entering Côte d’Ivoire to attend the Regional Meeting must be in possession of a passport, whether diplomatic, special or service, valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in the country.

Whether or not a visa is required to enter Ivorian territory will depend on the visitor’s nationality. Holders of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) passports are exempted from entry visas in Côte d’Ivoire. The visa is granted free of charge to the members of the tripartite delegations of member and observer States to the Regional Meeting. All other participants are entitled to a facilitated process when applying for a visa.

Visa applications must be made to the Ivorian Embassy or Consulate in the country of residence of the applicant. In the absence of an Embassy or Consulate, applications must be made at the Ivorian representation in the nearest country with diplomatic jurisdiction over the country of residence. Ordinary passport holders who are subject to visa fees can also apply online at the website 

Participants unable to obtain a visa before departure must request a certificate via e-mail to dgtravail@yahoo.fr to facilitate travel to Abidjan. These participants will exceptionally be issued a visa upon arrival.

For further information, please consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


While there will be first aid services at the meeting venue, participants are advised to take out an insurance policy for the duration of the Meeting (including travel time) which covers expenses resulting from illness, accident (including medical care), temporary or permanent disability or death. The ILO does not take out any insurance and assumes no liability for any claim for illness, accident or medical disorder occurring before, during or after the Meeting. Participants are encouraged to travel only when in good health and to comply with the medical requirements that may be imposed at the points of departure and arrival.

Vaccinations and health advisory

Before starting their journey, participants in the Regional Meeting must obtain an international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever in order to be allowed into Côte d’Ivoire.

Dengue fever and, in particular, malaria are common in Côte d’Ivoire. Meeting participants should make the necessary arrangements to obtain anti-malaria medication, mosquito repellent and mosquito nets.

Note to participants undergoing medical treatment: in order to avoid any interruption in treatment, participants are strongly advised to take their usual medication in sufficient quantities, as the availability of the same compounds cannot be guaranteed on site.