Abidjan,
a real socio-cultural hub
of West Africa

The second biggest French-speaking city in Africa,
and third biggest French-speaking conurbation in the world,
Abidjan is often dubbed “the Pearl of the Lagoons” or “the Paris of West Africa”.

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Time difference
1 h behind France in winter, and 2 h in summer.
Flight time
6h40 
location
in the southern region of West Africa
Currency
CFA FRANC (XOF)


Area size
2 119 km²
Distance
6 732 km
(from Paris)

Population
1,929 million 
Languages
French
Dioula

Capital 
Abidjan
 

Formalities :

French citizens with standard or official passports must have a biometric visa in order to enter Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, the traveller’s passport must be valid for six months after the return date. The visa and return or onward ticket are requisites for entering the country.

 

Obtaining the visa

You must be in possession of a biometric visa to enter Côte d'Ivoire. The visa request must be made to the Ivorian Embassy in Paris. 
Allow for around 7 days and 110 euros of consular costs to obtain a two-month visa.

 

Information on customs and security formalities is provided as a guide.
Under no circumstances may Corsair be held responsible if your official documentation is not in order.

To prepare your trip, we suggest you contact the island’s tourist office:

Ivorian Embassy in Paris

102, avenue Raymond Poincaré
Tel.: 01.53.64.62.62  |  Fax: 01.45.00.47.97
email: rciparis@ambassadecotedivoire.fr

Good to know

Vaccines against yellow fever and malaria are obligatory. Watch out for what you eat and drink locally. Vaccines against tetanus, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, meningococcosis, typhoid, hepatitis A and B are recommended.

Language

French is the official language. Dioula is the most commonly used language for trade

Shopping hours

Most shops are open from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Transport

  • Buses: Urban bus and taxi transport in Abidjan is run by SOTRA (Abidjan Transport Company) and SOTU (Urban Transport Company).
     
  • Taxi: There are 2 types of taxi in Abidjan. Red taxis go anywhere in the city, while the yellow collective taxis or woro-woro are restricted to a particular district.
     
  • Boat: Pinnaces and boat buses link several districts of Abidjan.
     
  • Car hire: Abidjan has lots of car hire firms, such as Avis, Hertz or Europcar.

Safety

Risks primarily concentrated in Abidjan (theft, assault).

Services

Administrative offices are open between 08:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday

Holidays and celebrations

1st January: New Year’s Day.
February: Festival of Masks (Man region).
March: Bouaké Carnival.
April: Festival of Dipri (commemoration of Bidyo’s sacrifice).
March-April: Easter.
June: Ascension; Pentecost.
7 August: Independence Day.
November: Festival of Abissa, for one week.
7 December: National Festival.
December: Festival of Tabaski (sheep festival).
25 December: Christmas.

 

 

Good to know

Vaccines against yellow fever and malaria are obligatory. Watch out for what you eat and drink locally. Vaccines against tetanus, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, meningococcosis, typhoid, hepatitis A and B are recommended.

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Formalities

French citizens with standard or official passports must have a biometric visa in order to enter Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, the traveller’s passport must be valid for six months after the return date. The visa and return or onward ticket are requisites for entering the country.

 

OBTAINING THE VISA

You must be in possession of a biometric visa to enter Côte d'Ivoire. The visa request must be made to the Ivorian Embassy in Paris.

Allow for around 7 days and 110 euros of consular costs to obtain a two-month visa. Information on customs and security formalities is given as a guide.

 

Under no circumstances will Corsair be held liable if you are not in order with the authorities. For further information, we recommend you contact the Ivorian Embassy in Paris to prepare for your trip:

 

Adresse : 102, avenue Raymond Poincaré
75116 Paris
Tél : 01.53.64.62.62
Fax : 01.45.00.47.97
Internet : http://www.ambassadecotedivoire.fr/
Courriel : rciparis@ambassadecotedivoire.fr 


Must-visit

Not to be missed:

Characterised by strong industrialisation and booming urban development. Its international class hotel facilities, its transport, means of communication and its size make it an ideal city for business tourism.

 

If you are there for leisure, you will be able to check out its fine sand beaches, with palm and coconut trees, primarily located along the lagoon strip of the Vridi district.

In the evening, you will not be disappointed by the relaxation spots such as Milles Maquis and Zone 4, Les II-Plateaux and Angre in Cocody, and rue Princesse and Niangon in Yopougon. Not to mention the maquis and bars, as well as lots of open spaces in all corners of the city.

 

You can also check out one of the many artistic events at the Treichville Palace of Culture, which is the most popular auditorium in Abidjan.


Gastronomy

A rich and varied cuisine

Abidjan will give you the chance to discover a great variety of dishes, with nearly one hundred different recipes.

 

The most famous dishes are: foutou, attieké, kedjenou, grilled turkey, millet porridge, and stewed or fried yam.


Culture

Cote d’Ivoire can boast a great cultural wealth. It is a crossroads where around sixty ethnic groups live together in peace, each with their own cultures and rites, characterised by rhythmic dances to the sound of the tams-tams.

You can also admire the finest traditional dances in the west of Côte d'Ivoire. There are many local traditions and customs, with a strong presence, and it is important to respect them.

 

Oral tradition is still very strong in the villages, where griots (a traditional communicator in Western Africa) pass down the stories. They are regarded as the "memory of the village". Finally, "the word tree" is the tree under which wise men meet, to settle conflicts or other family-related problems.  You will find that the hospitality and friendliness are authentic.

 

Note that craftsmen still use the ancestral bronze working technique of “cire perdue”.


Climate

The climate of Côte d'Ivoire changes varies by region; so the best time of year to go depends on where you wish to visit.

 

If you are planning to stay on the coast, the best time of year is the dry season, which runs from December to April.

If you are planning to stay inland, we recommend going between October and February, or December and February to check out the savannah region. Note that the seasons, whether dry or wet, are always accompanied by fairly high temperatures (28°C on average).


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