Living in Ivory Coast guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Ivory Coast with the expat guide

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General information
  • Located in West Africa, Ivory Coast is a member of the African Union. It is bordered by Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea and Ghana.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreign nationals wishing to travel to Ivory Coast require a valid visa and a passport. However, visa exemptions apply to nationals of some countries.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Most foreigners wishing to travel to Ivory Coast require an appropriate visa. Exemptions however exist for nationals of some countries.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Despite being Ivory Coast's former capital city, Grand-Bassam has remained a dynamic city, providing professional opportunities for expats.

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  • Since a few years, many expatriates have been looking for professional opportunities in Abidjan due to its promising economy.

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  • As Ivory Coast's administrative and political capital city, Yamoussoukro provides many job opportunities to expatriates.

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  • Ivory Coast's labor market is rather open towards expatriates. You should not have much trouble in finding a job on moving there.

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  • Thanks to its developing economy, Ivory Coast is very open towards foreign investment. Foreigners can quite easily set up a business there.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Yamoussoukro, which is Ivory Coast's capital city, hosts mostly small cobbled and concrete houses. But you can also find modern housing units.

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  • Located at 43 km from Abidjan, Grand-Bassam is a major beach resort in Ivory Coast. It provides many accommodation options for expats.

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  • Being the most popular expat destination in Ivory Coast, Abidjan, the economic capital city, provides a range of accommodation options.

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  • Finding accommodation in a West African country is not a difficult task. Ivory Coast offers a range of housing options to expatriates.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Foreign students wishing to study in Ivory Coast may feel free to enroll with any of its universities or other higher education institutions.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • On moving to Ivory Coast, you will be eligible to health care services both in the public and private sectors, but against fees.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • If you are working in Ivory Coast, you will probably want to open a bank account. Feel free to choose among several banks for your transactions.

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Tax system, income tax
  • There are three types of taxes in Ivory Coast. Hence, expatriates working in the country also have to pay taxes at different rates.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • As a very developed and densely populated city in Ivory Coast, Abidjan has a developed transport network linking its different areas to one another.

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  • Ivory Coast hosts a limited but developed network from which you can benefit to move around during your stay.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you are making a more than six months stay in Ivory Coast, you must be in possession of a local driver's license to be allowed to drive.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Ivory Coast requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Ivory Coast has a developed telecommunications networks, including land lines, as well as mobile phones and Internet which are quite widespread.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Being the Ivorian economic capital city, Abidjan hosts many places of interest which can be discovered by expatriates during their leisure time.

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  • If you have decided to move to Ivory Coast, you will probably wonder what you can do during your free time. Several leisure activities are available.

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  • Ivorian nationals are still very attached to their customs and traditions. By moving to Ivory Coast, you will get a closer glimpse of their lifestyle.

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