Overview of entry formalities in Côte d'Ivoire

Overview of entry formalities in Côte d'Ivoire

To enter Côte d´Ivoire, all foreigners must be in possession of a valid national passport, laissez-passer or travel document containing at least the photograph of a holder, on which has been affixed, beforehand, a biometric entry visa.

The biometric visa for entry into Ivory Coast is

  • or an ordinary visa, affixed in the ordinary passport.
  • either an official visa, affixed in the diplomatic, service or official passport.

Whether ordinary or official, the biometric entry visa is, depending on the length of stay:

  • A transit visa, which cannot exceed three (03) days;
  • A short-stay visa, which cannot exceed three (03) months;
  • A long-stay visa, which cannot exceed one (01) year.

Likewise, the biometric entry visa is, depending on the reason for which it is requested:

  • A business visa;
  • A study visa;
  • A tourism and leisure visa;
  • A health and social affairs visa.

The biometric entry visa is issued, primarily, by diplomatic and consular representations abroad and, exceptionally, by traditional sites, at Felix HOUPHOUET BOIGNY International Airport in Abidjan and at any other border post. .

Procedure for issuing the biometric visa

  • Free collection of the visa application form, at the following sites:
  • Enrollment and issuance center of the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance or Embassy;
  • Website www.snedai.com
  • Mandatory appointment.

Maximum fees collected: three thousand three hundred (3,300) CFA francs (subject to reciprocity)

  • Payment of biometric visa fees at one of the selected bank branches. The official visa is free (subject to reciprocity).

Fees collected: sixty-five thousand six hundred francs (65,600) CFA convertible into local currency.

  • Submission of the application file to the enrollment and issuance center with the required documents (see the list of documents to be provided), validated by a receipt for the biometric visa application file submission.
  • Issuance of the biometric visa is forty-eight (48) hours maximum from the date of enrollment of the person concerned, against discharge and on presentation of the receipt for the visa application file.
  • The foreign minor, whatever his age, must have a personal passport. The biometric visa is issued at the place of enlistment.

Useful link


Carte de la Côte d'Ivoire

Advice for foreign travelers

The process of obtaining a visa

Entry formalities in Ivory Coast


Procedure for obtaining an online visa (e-visa) to enter Côte d'Ivoire



Procedure for obtaining the biometric visa for Côte d'Ivoire


Visa-free countries with Ivory Coast

Order n°66/AE of February 16, 1993 to circulars n°1402/AE/AJC and 1817/AE/AJC of 07/02 and 10/02/1993, classify countries into four (04) groups A,B ,C,D, in accordance with the various agreements made between these various countries and Côte d'Ivoire.

The countries which are not subject to the visa requirement with Côte d'Ivoire are:

  • Nationals holding diplomatic, service or official passports of the following countries:

South Africa, Austria, Brazil, Gabon, Israel, Iran, Uganda.

  • Nationals holding an ordinary or official passport of the following countries

( ECOWAS member countries ):

Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

( Other countries ):

Central African Republic, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Morocco, Mauritania, Seychelles Islands, Singapore, Chad, Tunisia, Philippines.

Obtain the visa via the embassies


List of embassies outside Côte d'Ivoire



Telephone: +225 22 51 08 08 +225 03 62 62 19

Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Email: contact@snedai.ci

Airport e-visa contact: +225 54 36 29 15, available 24 hours a day.