Ivory Coast Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 4
malaria 3
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera 2
yellow fever 1


Medical care in the country cannot be compared to Europe and is often problematic in terms of technology, equipment and/or hygiene. Abidjan, on the other hand, is still the medical reference center for West Africa, despite the emigration of specialists, even if the standard is falling, especially in the public hospitals. French-speaking specialists from almost all disciplines are available. German-speaking specialists are not known. Payment in advance is required for treatments. It is advisable to take an individual first-aid kit with you. Taking out travel health insurance with repatriation insurance is strongly recommended.

Notes vaccinations

[1] The Ivory Coast is considered a country with yellow fever infection areas. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers over the age of one year. Exceptions are transit travelers who do not leave the transit area. The yellow fever vaccination must be carried out at least 10 days before entry. Proof is required upon entry. [2] A cholera vaccination is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection. The risk of infection among tourists can be classified as very low. To protect oneself, one should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is recommended obtain medical advice in good time before the start of the journey. [3] Malaria risk year-round in all parts of the country, including urban areas. The predominant, more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum (90%) is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine. Recommendation: Mosquito repellent and prevention through medication. [4] Nationwide there is an increased risk of gastric and intestinal infections. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying bottled water, care should be taken to ensure that the original packaging is unopened. Milk is not pasteurized outside of urban areas and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Meat or fish dishes should only be eaten well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Warnings are given against eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in ponds and rivers nationwide, so swimming and wading in inland waterways should be avoided. Well-maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Mosquito-borne dengue fever is found nationwide. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Filariasis caused by insects also occurs nationwide. Travelers reduce the risk of transmission if they use an effective insect repellent. Typhus also occurs nationwide. The fever is caused by clothes lice. To protect yourself, you should practice regular body and clothing hygiene. Vaccination should only be considered in rare cases. Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection with hepatitis A. Vaccination is recommended. Hepatitis B is highly endemic. Vaccination against hepatitis B is also recommended for longer stays and for children and young people.HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: Unprotected sexual contacts, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis (ACWY) can occur especially in the dry season. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds. There is a low risk of infection with sleeping sickness, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Careful mosquito protection measures are recommended. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. If you are bitten, get medical attention as soon as possible. Tick bite fever occurs nationwide.

bird flu

Avian influenza (H5N1) cases first appeared in Abidjan in 2006. Diseases in humans have not been proven to date. Travelers should stay away from poultry and avoid all contact with live and dead animals. The consumption of raw poultry dishes and eggs should be avoided. Well-cooked poultry dishes and eggs can be enjoyed without hesitation. Thorough cleaning of the hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand disinfectant solutions is generally recommended as a precautionary measure.

Health certificate

A health certificate in French is required for work stays.



1 CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc* = 100 centimes. Currency code: CFA Fr, XOF (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000 CFA Fr. Coins come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 CFA Fr. Note: [*] The CFA Franc (XOF) is issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ( BCEAO, State Bank of West African States) and used by the 8 members of the African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC, CFA Franc (XAF), issued by the State Bank of Central African States, is not legal tender in Côte d’Ivoire. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.

Credit cards

Major credit cards such as American Express and Mastercard are only accepted in larger hotels. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. ATMs are available in Abidjan and other major cities, however they do not always work properly and may be empty by the end of the month. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money,

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are generally not accepted in Côte d’Ivoire.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 08.30-11.30 or 13.00 and 15.00-16.30, sometimes also Sat 08.00-12.00.

Foreign exchange regulations

Unlimited import of local currency, export of which is only permitted up to 10,000 CFA Fr. The import of foreign currencies is unlimited and must be declared from a sum equivalent to CHF 1,000,000, the export of which is only permitted up to CHF 500,000 or the declared amounts, less the exchange amounts.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, in banks and hotels.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
EUR 1 EUR = 1.00 €
1 CHF = 1.19 €
1 USD = 0.96 €
XOF 1 EUR = 1.00
1 CHF = 1.19
1 USD = 0.96

Ivory Coast Money