On Saturday 13th October, local elections will take place in Côte d’Ivoire. Rallies and campaigns have been running for the last couple of weeks and will end on Thursday. Avoid crowds and be aware of the potential for clashes to occur.

If you are in Côte d’Ivoire, please take care.

  • You should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Local elections will take place on 13 October. Political campaigning and rallies began on 28 September and will continue until 11 October. Election results are due to be announced in the days that follow. There is a potential for isolated incidents and unrest during the campaign period and in certain electoral districts if the results are disputed. You should avoid large crowds and, in the event of unrest, monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel.

Security forces in Bouake clashed on 8 to 9 January 2018, resulting in the destruction of military buildings.

Military protests also occurred in several cities in Côte d’Ivoire in January, February and May 2017. The government reached an agreement with the soldiers resulting in an end to their protests. You should be vigilant near military barracks, military installations, large crowds and demonstrations. In the event of unrest monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel.

On 18 September 2017 students protested around the Université Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, police responded with tear gas.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cote-d-ivoire

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