U.S. Citizen Services
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The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan provides services to nearly 1500 U.S. citizens living in Cote d'Ivoire, as well as to several hundred tourists and business visitors each year. Among other things, the unit provides passport services, registers the birth of children, offers notary services, gives information on voting, and provides information to U.S. citizens visiting and residing in Cote d’Ivoire. All of these services are available at the Consular Section by appointment.
The Department of State is pleased to announce the introduction of a redesigned Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA, or Form FS-240). The redesigned CRBA, which is an official record confirming that a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and serves as proof of citizenship, has been updated with a variety of state-of-the-art security features to help prevent fraud and identity theft.
Beginning January 18, 2011, overseas posts will still document the citizenship of children born overseas to U.S.-citizen parents, but the CRBAs will be printed at our passport agencies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and New Orleans, Louisiana, using the information provided by overseas posts. By centralizing production and eliminating the distribution of controlled blank stock throughout the world, we will help ensure uniform quality and lessen the possibility of fraud. Additionally, the Department will no longer issue the DS-1350 Certification of Report of Birth Abroad. Instead, the Department will simply provide new FS-240s in response to requests for additional, replacement, or amended CRBAs.
In order to upgrade our systems for this change, the U.S. Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire is suspending CRBA adjudication from January 1 through January 18, 2011. CRBA applications submitted during that time will be adjudicated after January 18.
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New online Appointment System for ACS.
Emergency walk-in hours to be discontinued on April 21, 2011
Effective April 25, 2011, appointments will be mandatory and required for all public services except for emergencies.
This new system greatly reduces your wait time at the Embassy and increases our efficiency. Please schedule your appointment only after you have completely read the information on our website related to the public service you need. Please click here to schedule an online appointment.
To reduce your wait time, please fill out all official application forms and paperwork online in advance and bring them with you to your appointment.
For more details on services provided, make your selection from the options on the left-hand menu.
The ACS Unit also provides emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in distress: when a U.S. citizen is destitute, arrested, separated from minor children, or sick. In an emergency, the Embassy Duty Officer can be reached at any time. The Duty Officer can provide information on medical facilities, on obtaining emergency funds from home, on dealing with and replacing lost/stolen items, on reporting crimes, etc.
Emergency U.S. Citizen Services:
Afterhours Only: Call (+225 22 49 44 50)
The information on this website is designed to help you understand the services we can offer and to provide some useful information which may help you during your stay, be it long or short, in Cote d’Ivoire. If you do not find the information you require on our WebPages, you may contact the American Citizens Services office e-mail box which is monitored weekdays during business hours for requests concerning American Citizen Services in Cote d’Ivoire: AbjAmcit@state.gov
Please note that the Embassy cannot act as a booking agent for airlines, train companies, or hotels.Travelers should inquire directly with these entities for information about cancelled flights, or other disruptions to planned travel. However, travelers who find themselves stranded or otherwise without resources or means of assistance in a true emergency situation can contact the Embassy to determine if help is available, or to be put in touch with sources of help.
Phone inquiries will only be received from Monday – Thursday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For your convenience, our new automated response telephone answering system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with answers to routine inquiries. The Consular Section can be reached at 22-49-45-94.
If you are an American citizen and find yourself in an emergency situation you can contact someone at the Embassy 24 hours a day.
For after hours emergencies, on weekends or on holidays, please call (+225) 22 49 44 50 and ask to speak to Duty Officer.
To call from the U.S, please dial: 00 225 22 49 44 50
Please note: this phone number is NOT for visa inquiries.
For emergency issues, during business hours, please call (+225) 22 49 45 94, Monday through Friday, 07:45 am to 16:30 pm.
To call from the U.S, please dial: 00 225 22 49 45 94
American citizens can now register with the Embassy online Click Here to send in your registration It's just another way that the Embassy is working to serve you better
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New Visa Requirment
New Visa Requirement for United States Citizens traveling to Côte d’Ivoire began February 15, 2009
The Government of Côte d’Ivoire has informed the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan that a new visa policy is in effect from February 15, 2009 for citizens of the United States. U.S. citizens will need a valid Ivoirian visa as well as a passport with more than six months of remaining validity prior to arrival since the Government of Côte d’Ivoire has informed the embassy that they will not issue visas at the airport. In addition to visa and passport requirements, an international health certificate showing current yellow fever immunization is required for entry into Cote d’Ivoire. Citizens of the U.S. traveling to Côte d’Ivoire should check with the nearest Ivoirian Embassy or Consulate for details regarding the visa procedures and fees.