Visa and entry requirements Ivory Coast:
Passport required
To enter Ivory Coast, German citizens need a visa issued by the Embassy of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. It is also possible to obtain a visa upon arrival at Abidjan International Airport. However, this visa must be applied for and paid for online at least three days before your planned departure.
Visa costs: 50 euros

Information from the Foreign Office about your Ivory Coast trip:

Ivory Coast is a country in West Africa with around 24.5 million inhabitants. The state borders Ghana to the east, Burkina Faso and Mali to the north, Guinea and Liberia to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

The country's official capital has been Yamoussoukro since 1983, although the seat of government and the economic and political center are still in Abidjan. The official language of the country is French and the national currency is the CFA franc BCEAO, where 1 euro corresponds to around 655 XOF.

The Ivory Coast has a particularly rich animal world. The elephant is the animal whose tusks were traded as ivory and eventually gave the country its name. The native elephants can now only be found in reserves because the population has been greatly reduced by hunting and poaching. Other mammals that live there include hippos, giant forest pigs, primates, rodents, leopards, hyenas and jackals. There are also many species of snakes such as cobras, mambas, puff adders, rock pythons, king pythons and marsh crocodiles.

The country's largest cities include Abidjan, Bouake, Daloa, Korhogo, Yamoussoukro, San-Pedro, Gagnoa and Man.

The Ivory Coast is the most important cocoa export country, but unfortunately around 15,000 children are still used as slaves on cocoa plantations. Agriculture is the dominant industry in Ivory Coast, with coffee being the second most important product for export. In addition, palm oil, cotton, coconuts, rubber, kola nuts, sugar cane and tropical fruits such as citrus fruits, avocado, papaya, mangoes, bananas and pineapples are mainly exported to Europe.

However, petroleum products are now the country's most important export product and have taken over the status of cocoa in recent years.

The country has significant oil and some natural gas reserves.

The country's capital and fifth largest city is Yamoussoukro with almost 300,000 inhabitants. The Parliament building, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Paix - one of the largest church buildings for Christians, modeled on St. Peter's Basilica, and other magnificent buildings are among the city's sights.

By far the largest city in Ivory Coast is Abidjan with almost five million inhabitants. There are still numerous embassies and government offices in Abidjan. The city's main attractions include Boulevard de Gaulle, the modern skyscrapers of the Plateau district, the beach in Cocody, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Botanical Gardens, Banco National Park, the Grand Mosque and the Natural History Museum.

In July 2016 I traveled to Abidjan for two days from Conakry in Guinea with the Ivory Coast airline. Abidjan is relatively modern by African standards, but otherwise a typical African city with countless markets and huge chaos. Just getting away from the airport wasn't that easy in this traffic. For me, the panoramic view from above in the Plateau district was the highlight of the city, which is otherwise pretty poor in attractions worth seeing.