Ivory Coast Shopping, Embassy and Communication

Ivory Coast Shopping, Embassy and Communication



The official language is French. Over 60 colloquial languages ​​such as Attie, Agni, Baoulé, Bété, Diula, Senoufo and Yacouba are used. The colloquial language Diula is most widespread.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

03/01/2022 Lailat al Miraj (Night of the Ascension)

04/18/2022 easter monday

04/29/2022 Lailat al Qadr (Night of Energy)

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/26/2022 Ascension of Christ

06/06/2022 Whit Monday

07/09/2022 Tabaski (Islamic Festival of Sacrifice)

07.08.2022 Independence Day

08/15/2022 Assumption Day

10/09/2022 Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)

11/01/2022 all saints day

11/15/2022 National Day of Peace

12/25/2022 Christmas

Source: Top-mba-universities.com

(a) Public holidays that fall on a Sunday are often observed on the following Monday.

(b) The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, which causes disruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore there may be restrictions for travelers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Côte d’Ivoire (persons aged 15 and over): – 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250 g of tobacco or 100 cigarillos; – 1 bottle of spirits; – 1 bottle of wine; – 500ml of eau de toilette and 250ml of perfume. More information is available from Countryaah.com.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Honorary general consulates in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Salzburg.

Neulinggasse 29/6/20
+43 (0)1 581 00 76.

Mon-Fri 09.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Thormannstrasse 51
+41 (0)31 350 80 80.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 13.00-17.00. Consular department: Mon-Thurs 09.00-14.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Honorary consulates in Aachen, Bad Homburg vdH and Munich.

Schinkelstr. 10
+49 (0)30 890 69 60 and 890 69 61 15.

Mon-Fri 09.00-15.00.

Consulate of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Justicesgasse 23
+41 (0)44 202 50 22.


Business etiquette

French is the main business language, in larger companies the management speaks e.g. T. also English. Interpretation and translation services are available. Punctuality is expected. Business cards should be presented to each interlocutor. Invitations to restaurants or hotels are common. Safari suit and summer dress are appropriate. Business hours: Mon-Fri 07.30-12.00 and 14.30-18.00, Sat 08.00-12.00.

Business contacts

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Côte d’Ivoire (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) 6 Avenue Joseph Anoma, BP 1399, Abidjan 01, Côte d’Ivoire Tel. +225 (0)20 33 16 00. Website: www.cci.ci



International calls can only be made in the larger cities, but international direct dialing is possible there. The national telephone company is called Côte d’Ivoire Telecom (Internet: http://www.citelecom.ci). For card phones, phone cards can be purchased for 25,000 CFA Fr or 50,000 CFA Fr.

Mobile phone

GSM 900 mobile network. Operators include Orange Cote d’Ivoire (website: www.orange.ci), CORA de COMSTAR (website: www.wwirelessintl.com) and Loteny Telecom (website: www.telcel.net).


According to Abbreviationfinder.org, major providers include Aviso, Africa On Line and Globeaccess. Internet cafes can be found in Abidjan.

Post office

Airmail to Europe takes about two weeks. Post office opening hours: Mon-Fri 07.30-12.00 and 14.30-18.00. The national postal system is supported by international courier services.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

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