The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning urging the citizens of U.S. to consider carefully the risk of traveling to the West African country Cote d’Ivoire.
The Department has further stated that the U.S. citizens living in Cote d’Ivoire and those planning to travel to the country should carefully monitor the conditions while maintaining situational awareness. It has also requested people residing and traveling there to be attentive about their personal security. The current travel warning replaces the earlier warning which was issued in November 2012.
The warning has been issued keeping in mind the unstable conditions in the region following the regional and municipal elections of April 2013 which fuelled a few local incidents of violence that were resolved quickly.
However, the Department has alerted the people to be aware of the security conditions that can change suddenly without a warning. It further stressed that people planning to travel to the destinations that fall outside of Abidjan should be more careful and review the present situation with the U.S. Embassy.
For more information on the current conditions in the region, people may contact the State Department’s Country Specific Information for Cote d’Ivoire and the Worldwide Caution, that are both located on the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website http://travel.state.gov/.