Ivory Coast Learn the most important information about the destination country for your time in Ivory Coast here.
The Ivory Coast is a country in West Africa. It borders Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Facts about Ivory Coast
124,503.274 mi² or 322.462 km²
Every traveller to Ivory Coast should have the standard vaccinations generally recommended for Germany, in particular an updated vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles and a basic immunization against poliomyelitis/polio. Depending on age and state of health, further recommendations may be made. You can find the STIKO's German vaccination calendar under Vaccinations.
Which other vaccinations are recommended for a trip depends on the type of trip and the destination and must be clarified in a consultation.
In addition, adequate protection against hepatitis A (jaundice) should be available for many travel destinations. If you have close contact with the local population, you should also be vaccinated against hepatitis B. Hepatitis B can be transmitted through blood, saliva and sexual contact, for example.
In addition to the official language French, which is usually not used in accordance with standards, 77 different languages and idioms are spoken in the Ivory Coast. The largest are Baule and Dyula, but Senufo languages, Yacouba, Anyi, Attie, Guere, Bete, Abe, Kulango, Mahu, Tagwana, Wobé and Lobi are also spoken. Nouchi is the colloquial language in Abidjan.
By far the most widespread language is Dioula, which is spoken and understood by a total of 61% of the population, especially in the north, and is very important as a trade language. However, French has been the country's only official language and language of instruction since the French colonial period.
There is a high level of religious diversity in the Ivory Coast. The most widespread religions are Islam (38.6%) and Christianity (32.8%); the north is more Islamic, while the south is Christian. 11.9% of the population practises traditional West African religions - primarily the Akan religion - which also influence the practice of other religions to a certain extent.
The cuisine of the Ivory Coast is also known as Ivorian cuisine. It mainly uses roots and cereals as staple foods, above all rice, corn, manioc, yams, sweet potatoes and bananas. In addition, a lot of chicken is eaten, less beef or pork. The tropical climate provides many types of fruit and vegetables, such as tomatoes, eggplants, beans, avocados, melons, oranges, coconuts and papayas.
But fish and seafood are not neglected either. Due to its location on the Gulf of Guinea, there are various fish dishes on the Ivory Coast.
Infrastructure and Transport
There are bus connections and shared cabs, but their use usually requires good local knowledge. There are also numerous cabs available, although they are often in a poor technical condition. The usual and generally reliable online cab service providers are also available in Abidjan. Their cabs can be ordered via apps, and the price and route can be tracked with transparency.
The roads, especially off the main routes, are often in very poor condition and often not lit. Before traveling overland, you should obtain information about the condition of the road, especially during and after heavy rainfall. Road checks are carried out regularly in Abidjan and the interior of the country. Particular care should be taken at night and night driving should be avoided if possible due to the increased risk of accidents and robberies.
Travel overland should only be undertaken after careful planning and taking into account the current security situation. Ideally, such journeys should not be attempted alone.
FAQs for your stay at the Ivory Coast
What vaccinations do I need for Ivory Coast?
Vaccination protection includes the standard vaccinations generally recommended in Germany. In addition, a yellow fever vaccination of nine months is mandatory for all persons entering the country and is medically advisable. Vaccinations against hepatitis A and poliomyelitis are also recommended. Vaccinations against dengue fever, hepatitis B, meningococcal ACWY, rabies and typhoid are also recommended depending on the individual's state of health. Vaccination against cholera is generally not necessary.
What language do they speak on the Ivory Coast?
The Ivory Coast has up to 77 different languages. French is one of them and is also the official language.