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U.S. Embassy – Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Emergency Message

Election Related Demonstrations

October 21, 2011

In the run-up to the legislative elections slated to occur on December 11, 2011, the U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens in Cote d’Ivoire be mindful of their personal security.  Both planned and unplanned rallies and demonstrations are anticipated.  Citizens should follow the local media regarding planned events and avoid rallies, demonstrations, and spontaneous gatherings.  Remember even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent.  Remain aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the local news for information on potential areas of demonstration.  Embassy personnel are not aware of any specific threats but we continue to monitor events closely.

Please ensure that your contact and personal information is up-to-date by enrolling in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP).  Get Embassy updates by checking the Consular pages on the U.S. Embassy Abidjan website at http://abidjan.usembassy.gov/travelregist.html.

You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

If you have questions or concerns about safety or related issues, you are encouraged to contact the consular section at the Embassy by sending an email message to Abjamcit@state.gov .  In emergencies and for urgent security matters, you can call the Embassy switchboard at 225-22-49-40-00; the emergency after-hours telephone is:  +225-22-49-44-50.

The U.S. Embassy is located in the Riviera Golf neighborhood of the Cocody section of Abidjan, east of the downtown area.  The Embassy's postal address is 01 B.P. 1712 Abidjan 01.