Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving In Ivory Coast
Before planning on driving abroad in Ivory Coast you should check the latest situation in the country on your Governments website .
Aside from the usual issues of poor roads and badly driven and sometimes unlit vehicles, a main consideration of driving in Ivory Coast is how to react at unofficial or official road blocks. Unofficial road blocks are often set up as part of a political demonstration in Abidjan and particularly close to universities. They can easily switch from boisterous behaviour to violence and should be avoided, even if this means performing a U-turn at a safe distance. However, don’t ever attempt to avoid an official police or army roadblock. Vehicles attempting to turn around to avoid a police road block have been fired upon so , if in doubt whether a roadblock is official or not, you’re probably best to assume it is!

Ivory Coast Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar, Alamo , National, Avis, Budget,  have branches here. (Note- some companies show Cote D’ivoire on their drop down list, some show Ivory Coast)
This English Language website can arrange transport in Ivory Coast and should be able to advise on self drive options using a local firm

Ivory Coast Self Driving Rules
None of the big companies seem to allow cross border rentals. Renting a 4WD may be compulsory if you’ll be driving on dirt roads.

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