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Ivory Coast Travel Guide

If you are resident in Ivory Coast, and have not already done so, you should ensure that you are on the Warden network. You should remain where you are and keep a low profile until the situation becomes clearer. Be ready to leave the country at short notice.

We are keeping the situation under constant review and are in close touch with the French authorities about the safety of British nationals in Ivory Coast. A small military team has been deployed to Ivory Coast to provide expert advice to our Ambassador in Abidjan, review contingency plans and liaise with the French authorities over the possible evacuation of British nationals.

On 6 November, French peacekeepers clashed with Government troops and pro-government militias near the airport in Abidjan, at the French military base and in various locations throughout the city. Militia groups have attacked foreign residences, and the situation remains volatile, with demonstrations occurring with short notice, and road blocks throughout Abidjan.

There is a risk of armed robbery. If this happens to you, you are less likely to be harmed if you co operate with the robbers, keep your eyes down and do not make a lot of noise.

You should be meticulous in respecting roadblocks, and should avoid confrontation with police and security forces.

You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

The above information was recorded on the 12th November 2004, from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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