Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Cote d’Ivoire: Authorities maintaining COVID-19-related measures as of Oct. 14 /update 29

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Authorities are maintaining COVID-19-related domestic and travel restrictions as of Oct. 14.

International RestrictionsLand and sea borders are reportedly closed to regular commercial passenger travel, but cargo and freight transport are still operating.

Permitted arrivals will need to fulfill a travel form (Declaration de Deplacement par Voie Aerienne, DDVA) and pay XOF 2,000. Arriving passengers must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Both the test result and the travel form must be presented upon boarding. The government announced that effective Sept. 20, all incoming travelers may present the negative test result or a vaccination certificate via QR code pass. It remains unclear whether and how the measure is enforced. It also remains unclear whether vaccinated travelers can enter Cote d’Ivoire without a negative test result.

Travelers leaving Cote d’Ivoire will have to complete the DDVA, pay XOF 25,000 for a PCR test, and present a negative PCR test taken no more than five days before travel. Both the test result and the travel form must be presented upon boarding.

Both arriving and departing passengers may be screened at the airport.

Domestic MeasuresAuthorities enforce hygiene and social distancing measures, including the use of facemasks in public spaces and on public transport. Most businesses, including hotels, bars, and other entertainment facilities, are open. Large gatherings have resumed with the approval of local authorities. However, authorities announced Sept. 9 that non-vaccinated individuals and those without proof of a negative test may be barred from entering select public and private places depending on the epidemiological situation.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Resources

World Health Organization (WHO)Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene (French)Official Government WebsiteTravel Form (Déclaration de Déplacement par Voie Aérienne)

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