Health and prevention

Health information for travelers to Côte d’Ivoire on the occasion of the 27th UPU Congress: 10-28 August 2020


1. In terms of Prevention

A. Yellow fever vaccination

Under the International Health Regulations (IHR), entry into Côte d’Ivoire is subject to the administrative obligation to present an international yellow fever vaccination certificate. Travelers without such a document must be vaccinated at Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport on arrival for 7,000 CFA francs (10.7 euros).


B. Malaria prevention

Malaria prevention is based on taking drugs to avoid contracting the disease (chemoprophylaxis) and measures to avoid mosquito bites that transmit malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

  • Chemoprophylaxis

For the prevention of malaria in nationals of malaria-free countries, in accordance with the guidelines of the National Malaria Control Programme, it is recommended to take Mefloquine (Lariam) 250 mg at a rate of 1 Tablet per week for 5 weeks (1 tablet the week before arrival, 1 tablet during the stay and 1 tablet/ week for 3 weeks after return).

  • Prevention of mosquito bites

Prevention against mosquito bites is based on the following measures:

  • Cover exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats, especially in the evening.
  • Use mosquito repellents applied to the skin (cream, ointment, lotion or spray) or on clothing (spray) outside the rooms
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned rooms or rooms inaccessible to mosquitoes;
  • Sleeping under an impregnated mosquito net
  • In case of fever, go immediately to a health facility (see list of facilities)

C. Food and water hygiene

Food and water hygiene protects against diarrhoeal diseases. You should :

  • Always wash hands with clean water and soap after using the toilet and before meals;
  • Avoid eating raw food;
  • Wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly with clean water and bleach;
  • Avoid consuming water in plastic bags;
  • Avoid eating uncovered food;
  • Consume only bottled water or tap water.

D. Prevention of arboviruses (dengue fever, yellow fever, etc.)

  • Wear clothing all day long that completely covers the skin to reduce the risk of mosquito bites;
  • Use mosquito repellents applied to the skin (cream, ointment, lotion or spray) or on clothing (spray) outside the rooms;
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned rooms or rooms inaccessible to mosquitoes;
  • Sleep under an insecticide-treated mosquito net day and night;
  • In case of fever, go immediately to a health facility (see list of facilities)

E. Prevention of Ebola virus disease

When arriving at the airport, observe the instructions of the health workers, in particular: systematically pass in front of the thermal camera and apply the hydro-alcoholic gel on your hands;

N.B. :However, it is important to remember that no cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in Côte d’Ivoire.

F. Prevention of pollution by tobacco smoke

According to Decree No. 2012-980 of 10 October 2012 prohibiting smoking in public places and public transport.

Article 3 : Smoking is prohibited in public places and public transport.

Article 9 : Anyone who contravenes the smoking ban in enclosed or open public places or public transport shall be punished by a fine of fifteen thousand to one hundred thousand CFA francs.

(See the website of the National Tobacco Control Programme and Other Addictions:



2. In terms of care

Medical services will be provided at the meeting venue, emergency accommodation sites and medical needs for heads of delegation and delegates.

These services will include emergency medical care during work sessions as well as medical transportation, if necessary, to a designated local hospital.

Medical expenses for hospitalization and medical follow-up are not covered by the GSC (technical committee).

It is recommended that all delegates have appropriate health insurance covering all medical expenses.

Medical evacuation to the country of origin or any other destination will be by scheduled flight and at the applicant’s expense.

Delegations are invited to complete the medical information form for the head of a delegation and to add details on the diet (see Annex 3).

This form must be sent by e-mail to Professor BENIE BI Vroh Joseph at the following address: (create an e-mail address). If necessary, delegates are invited to contact the Emergency Medical Assistance Service (SAMU), which will take on-site or evacuate them to an approved medical facility.

Telephone numbers of organizations approved by the summit:

Public structures

  • SAMU: 185 / 22 44 53 53 53 / 49 96 03 24 /
  • Abidjan Heart Institute (ICA): 21 25 52 30
  • Military Fire Brigade Group:
  • Treichville University Hospital Centre (CHU): 21 25 25 65 70
  • Cocody University Hospital Centre (CHU): 22 48 10 02 / 03
  • Bassam General Hospital: 21 30 10 80
  • Bingerville General Hospital: 22 51 15 00
  • Mother and Child Hospital: 22 51 15 00

Private structures

  • Sainte Anne Marie Polyclinic: 22 48 31 02
  • Farah Polyclinic: 21 23 08 00 00
  • Hôtel Dieu Polyclinic: 21 25 25 79 19
  • Plateau Medical Group: 20 22 20 20 29
  • Indénié Polyclinic: 20 30 91 00

Delegates with long-term treatments are advised to bring the medicines they use for the duration of their stay.

In the event of death, the management of the repatriation of the body is the responsibility of the embassy of the deceased.

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