USA Government Issues Cote d'Ivoire Travel Warning December 2010 - Adventure

Adventure - I received a travel waning today December 20, 2010, I am wanting to cross Cote d'Ivoire of Ivory Coast to enter Liberia, or maybe Guinea.

I am waiting to cross Cote d'Ivoire to get to Liberia, maybe I need to go to Nigeria and onto Cameroon.

To cross right now is for sure an Adventure, with to Presidents in Ivory Coast the heat is building, it looks a lot like a civil war will soon start.

Any given situation is becoming better or worst, only I can make the judgement as to go or no go.

Travel Warnings, you can subscribe to them by e-mail.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

TRAVEL WARNING

December 19, 2010

This Travel Warning is being issued to inform U.S. citizens that based on the deteriorating political and security situation in Cote d’Ivoire and growing anti-western sentiment, the Department of State has now ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel and family members.  The Department warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Cote d’Ivoire until further notice.  This replaces the Travel Warning of December 16, 2010 to inform U.S. citizens of the U.S. Embassy drawdown and to update the security information.

Following the contested results of presidential elections, which were held on November 28, 2010, soldiers and loyalists of former President Laurent Gbagbo have now called for wide-spread demonstrations which are expected to turn violent.  Hostility against westerners, including U.S. citizens, cannot be ruled out.

On December 20, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel and family members.  U.S. citizens who remain in Cote d’Ivoire despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of State’s latest Country Specific Information for Cote d’Ivoire and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov.  U.S. citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States or Canada or 1-317-472-2328 from overseas. 

The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section in Abidjan has temporarily curtailed all consular services except emergency services for U.S. citizens.  Due to drawdown of consular staff, the Embassy has diminishing ability to assist U.S. citizens wishing to depart the country.  The State Department recommends that U.S. citizens who are concerned about their safety take advantage of commercial means of transportation while they are available and while borders remain open.

U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Cote d’Ivoire are encouraged to enroll with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov, by sending contact information including email and cell phone to CdiUnrestAmCitIquiry@state.gov or by leaving a voice mail at the citizen security information line: +225 2249-4001. Citizens without Internet may also leave a brief message by calling that same number and following the prompts.

Current information on safety and security may also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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