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UPDATE: SPECIAL NOTICE -- Delays in Visa Processing

We have made significant progress and issued most of the delayed visas worldwide. We are working to bring our systems back to full operational capacity. We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. We are printing visas for these cases with very few delays. We are aware of a small number of visa cases still in process because of system performance issues. We are working diligently to clear those cases. Visa applicants are advised to expect delays of up to one week in addition to normal processing times. Please take this into consideration when making travel plans. Please check with the embassy or consulate where you will apply for additional information. Please see our FAQs for further information.

Original Notice:

The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations. This issue is worldwide and not specific to any particular country or visa category. We recognize and deeply reget the inconvenience to travelers. We are doing everything possible to return passorts with visas as soon as we are able to complete precessing. We reget that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.

Applicants who interviews with the U.S. Embassy after July 20 and who would like their passports returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact and provide their name, passport number and pickup ticket number.

Applicants who have an urgent need to travel to the United States may contact with their name, passport number, and nature of the emergency.  Please understand that only true emergencies of an extraordinary humanitarian nature can be considered for exceptional handling.

We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience.


Welcome to the Consular Section Visa Unit!

This site gives you access to a full range of Consular Visa Services. The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan makes every effort to treat customers professionally and with dignity. We hope you will use the information provided on this website to learn about the different types of U.S. visas, the application process, and the requirements for U.S visas.

We provide the following services:

  • Non-immigrant visas – temporary visits for pleasure or business, exchange programs, study, temporary employment, temporary religious work, performers (athletes, artists and entertainers), and official government travels.
  • Immigrant visas Fiancé(e) and immediate relative petitions (spouse and children), adoption, asylum and refugees follow-to-join petitions, and Diversity Lottery visas.

About the Consular Section

The Consular Section of the American Embassy in Abidjan operates Monday through Thursday from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM. The local time is equivalent to GMT.

The Consular Section is closed during American and local holidays.

The Embassy is located at Riviera GOLF, Rue des Ambassades near the commercial center LEADERPRICE.

Telephone number: (+225) 22-494-594
Fax number:  (+225) 22-494-202
E-mail address: 

For detailed information, please use the links on the left margin of this page to select the appropriate visa classification or service.

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Visa Unit
U.S. Embassy Abidjan

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Contact us

  • Street Address
    U.S Embassy Abidjan
    Rue des Ambassades
    Riviera GOLF
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
    Tel: (+225) 22-494-594
    Local Mailing Address
    U.S. Embassy Abidjan
    01 BP 1712
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
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    U.S. Embassy Abidjan
    Consular Section
    2010 Abidjan Place
    Dulles, VA 20521-2010

    For visas and official travel inquiries:
     American Citizens Services inquiries:

    All visitors to the Embassy are required to undergo a security check. Prohibited items will not be allowed inside the Embassy’s compound. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: Weapons of any kind or size, sharp metal or glass objects, razor blades, liquids, bottles, powdery substances, umbrellas and electronic or battery-operated equipment (including cell phones, radios, tape recorders, cameras, personal digital assistants, and computers).

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