West Africa, in particular Côte d’Ivoire, is not for inexperienced travelers. The region suffers from political instability, violence, terrorism and often civil war. There is a high risk of violent crime throughout Côte d’Ivoire. Car and bus-jackings are common crimes. Foreign visitors in the region are particularly vulnerable to opportunistic attacks. Criminals mostly operate in busy areas; however, hotel rooms can be targeted for petty crime gains.
The north and western borders with Mali and Burkina Faso are a concern due to the increasing instability within those countries and lack of security along the border areas. Terrorist groups are known to migrate across the Mali and Burkina Faso borders for crime and terror related activity and attacks against foreign travelers can’t be ruled out.
The standard of driving in the Ivory Coast is poor; the majority of drivers are uninsured and unqualified. The local driving community generally ignore road traffic safety and laws. The roads are inadequately marked and in poor condition, especially in rural areas where visibility is reduced. Drivers are known to travel at excessive speeds where road and vehicle conditions are unsafe. There is a high risk of road traffic collisions (RTCs). A large portion of accidents occur when traveling during the hours of darkness, often in public transport or when there is reduced visibility on the roads.