On 13 August 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice regarding ongoing political protests in the country, which reads in part as follows:

“There have been political protests in Abidjan and other areas across the country since 8 August ahead of the October 31 Presidential election. Political protests also took place in Abidjan in December 2019. Further protests are likely in the run up to the Presidential election, with the potential for violence. You should exercise caution and avoid large political rallies and gatherings, areas of demonstrations, and protests. In the event of unrest, monitor local media and follow instructions and announcements from the local authorities.”

“A reinforced police presence is likely to continue in Abidjan and nationally in the run up to the election.”