With a long history of civil unrest in Ivory Coast, insurance covering health, life, personal accident and property is essential for anyone visiting the country. There is a threat from widespread violence, lawlessness and an increasing incidence of infectious disease, such as cholera and yellow fever. Standard insurance policies may not provide adequate cover and specialist Ivory Coast insurance is strongly advised.
Ivory Coast insurance – quick facts
- The security situation in Abidjan can suddenly deteriorate
- International health insurance in Ivory Coast is advised, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- There is a risk of violent crime
Get the right insurance for Ivory Coast
- Specialist Ivory Coast insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles, equipment, crews and cargoes
- We can cover all of your business liabilities in Ivory Coast and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to potential high risk to personal security, specialist Ivory Coast insurance is advised for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs, including kidnap and ransom cover
What risks might you encounter?
Ivory Coast has experienced over a decade of civil unrest, rent by divisions between the mainly Muslim north with the mainly Christian south. The threat of violence across the country is high, whether it is related to politics or crime.
The security situation Abidjan can deteriorate suddenly, so keep up to date with the local situation and take professional security advice. A large number of weapons are in circulation, and armed break-ins and car jackings are not uncommon. As well provision for life, personal accident and property cover, Ivory Coast insurance should also factor in the risk of kidnap.
Years of conflict have taken their toll on the country’s infrastructure and healthcare system and it falls well below western standards, even in the main urban centres. Cases of cholera, yellow fever and measles have been reported with increasing frequency. Falciparum malaria is endemic. Medical insurance in the Ivory Coast should be comprehensive and always include Medical Emergency and Evacuation cover.
Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to specific regions. Violent crime can occur at any time. Be particularly vigilant and take care when travelling by road, especially at night. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.