Ivory Coast Visa Policy

Browse the Ivory Coast visa policy and learn if you need a travel authorization for Côte d'Ivoire for your nationality.

Visa Policy for Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast visa policy determines who may enter the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire without a visa and who needs a visa to visit the Western African country.

At present, there are only a few nationalities granted visa-free entry to the Ivory Coast, mostly citizens of other countries in West Africa.

Most visa-exempt citizens for the Ivory Coast are permitted a stay of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. To gain entry without a travel visa, it is only necessary to present an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

All other foreign citizens who wish to visit the Ivory Coast are required to have an approved visitor’s visa regardless of the duration or purpose of their stay. This may either be an embassy visa or an E-visa through a simplified electronic application process.

Approximately 120 nationalities are eligible to apply for the electronic visa for Ivory Coast and receive approval exclusively online via email, removing the need to visit an embassy of Côte d’Ivoire in person and the need for long border queues associated with visa on arrival applications.

An approved E-visa for the Ivory Coast is a multiple entry visa valid for 90 days from the date of issue. It permits entry to Côte d’Ivoire at Port Bouet Airport in Abidjan for short stays for either tourism, business, or transit pùrposes.

To visit the Republic for other purposes and long-term stays, it is necessary for these citizens to apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate of the Ivory Coast. Additionally, roughly 15 nationalities need an Ivory Coast embassy visa no matter the purpose or length of stay.

At present, there is not currently any Ivory Coast visa ban in place against any foreign nationalities. However, travelers from a number of Southeast Asian, South American, and Middle Eastern countries require prior approval from the Côte d’Ivoire Ministry of Security in order to apply for a visa for the Republic.

Find further information about the different visa types for the Ivory Coast below.

Tourist Visa Policy for Ivory Coast

Current Ivory Coast rules and regulations regarding entry for tourism identify around 135 nationalities who need a tourist visa to visit the country, either an E-visa or visa obtained from a diplomatic government office of Côte d’Ivoire in advance.

Travelers from over 120 countries are eligible to apply for the tourist E-visa for Ivory Coast through an expedited electronic application program. To obtain an online tourist visa for the Ivory Coast, applicants are simply required to complete a simple digital form with basic personal data and passport details, upload some supporting documents and pay the E-visa fee.

Once approved, usually within 48 hours, the approved Ivory Coast tourist E-visa is sent to the traveler via email, who can then print a copy to present to immigration authorities upon arrival. It is a multiple entry visa for tourism valid for a total of 90 days from issue.

Those not eligible to apply for a Ivory Coast visa for tourism online are required to obtain a tourist visa from the nearest embassy or consulate of Côte d’Ivoire. Applicants for a tourist embassy visa are advised to begin this process well in advance as it may take several weeks for this document to be processed and approved.

Explore the differences between these two tourist visa types in greater detail below.

E-VISA for Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast immigration policy states that there are roughly 120 nationalities who are able to apply for an E-visa for Côte d’Ivoire, an electronic visa introduced to expedite entry to the country at border control checkpoints.

An approved Ivory Coast E-visa permits short stays in the Republic for purposes of tourism, transit, or business activities, and is valid for 90 days from issue and multiple entries to the country.

To submit an electronic visa application for the Ivory Coast, applicants are required to complete a simple online form with basic personal, passport, and travel information.

It is also necessary to upload a few supporting documents, including the information page of a valid passport, proof of confirmed flight and accommodation bookings, and proof of valid travel insurance for the duration of stay.

In order to finalize the application, it is also necessary to pay the E-visa fee using a valid credit or debit card. Once approved, the individual is sent a ‘pre-enrollment’ document and receipt of payment via email, which they can then print to present upon arrival at Port Bouet Airport in Abidjan alongside their passport.

Below you can find a complete list of nationalities eligible to apply for an Ivory Coast electronic visa.

E-VISA for Ivory Coast: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Ivory Coast Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Ivory Coast rules and regulations regarding visa laws specify that citizens from up to 15 countries worldwide must have an approved visa from an embassy or consulate in order to visit the West African Republic no matter the intended duration of stay or purpose of travel.

An Ivory Coast embassy visa may be issued for a variety of purposes and periods of stay, as either a tourist visa, student visa, business visa, transit visa, work visa, resident visa, or another visa option.

The protocol of applying for an Ivory Coast visa from an embassy requires the applicant to first make an appointment at the nearest diplomatic government office of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

It is necessary to bring a completed Ivory Coast embassy visa application form to this confirmed appointment, with the visa type required specified clearly on the form. It will also be necessary to supply the consular official with a range of varying supporting documents depending on the visa option selected.

Those who apply for an Ivory Coast consular visa are strongly advised to begin the process well in advance of the intended travel dates, as it may take several weeks for the document to be processed and approved.

Discover a full list of nationalities who need an embassy visa for the Ivory Coast below.

Ivory Coast Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Angola
  • Burundi
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Visa Not Required for Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast immigration requirements currently identify under 10 countries whose citizens do not need a visa for Côte d’Ivoire, the majority of which are also located in West and Central Africa.

Diplomatic and service passport holders from Austria, Brazil, China, Gabon, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, and Vietnam are also visa-exempt for the Ivory Coast.

The majority of visa-exempt nationalities for the Ivory Coast are permitted a visa-free stay of up to 90 days in the country, most often for purposes of tourism, transit, and business.

In order to enter Ivory Coast without a visa, it is necessary for nationals with visa exemption to present a passport with a validity of at least 6 months from the date of arrival in the Republic.

Visa-exempt individuals who wish to travel to the country for longer periods of stay or purposes other than those permitted visa-free, such as to work or study, are required to apply for an embassy visa for Ivory Coast from the nearest diplomatic mission of Côte d’Ivoire in advance of travel.

Check if your nationality is visa-exempt for the Ivory Coast by browsing the list below.

Visa Not Required for Ivory Coast: Country list

  • Benin
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Ghana
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore

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