Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Third meeting of the Standing Group of Experts (SGE) for African Swine Fever (ASF) in Africa


1 – 3 August 2023

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire




 (Please read this note carefully and carry a copy on your travel to the workshop)

Karibu sana, welcome

This information sheet is intended to inform you of the necessary preparations before your travel and of what you can expect once you have arrived in Abidjan.

Online registration of all participants is compulsory and shall be done by 30 June 2023 at the link provided in the invitation letter.



The World Organisation for Animal Health – WOAH will cover travel costs (economy class with the most direct route) for WOAH-funded participants and speakers. The regional office in Nairobi will purchase air tickets for international flights and send all relevant details to the e-mail address provided by participants in their online registration form.

Please note that, by accepting their flight itinerary, participants agree to cover any charges and fees resulted from modifications requested for personal reasons after the issuance of the ticket.

Any sponsored participant wishing to purchase – for exceptional reasons – his/her air ticket by him/herself, must compulsorily inform WOAH in advance, providing the provisional booking/invoice before confirming the flight reservation. In this case, and in addition to the beforehand formal agreement with WOAH, the original of both ticket invoice and boarding passes will be required for reimbursement of the economy fare.


All participants are responsible to enquire on the visas and/or transit visas required and make the necessary arrangements to obtain them for the full round trip. Participants are requested to contact the relevant Consulate, High Commission or Embassy in their countries to make all necessary arrangements. Please apply for single entry visa. A category 2 Single Entry Visa is valid for travel with 3 months from the date of issue.

For several years now, Côte d’Ivoire has required travellers wishing to visit the country to obtain a biometric visa. The e-visa procedure takes place in two stages. First, the payment of the e-visa (EUR 73) must be made on the dedicated website (snedai.com/e-visa). A certain amount of information must be provided online at this time.

With a copy of the pre-authorisation received by email, you can obtain your biometric visa on arrival at Abidjan airport.
ATTENTION: the response time requires at least 48 hours before your planned departure for Côte d’Ivoire.

Updated official information : Visas et conditions d’entrée en Côte d’Ivoire (aeroport-abidjan.com)


  1. The original receipt for the visa fee registratio,  estimated at EUR 73, including bank charges;
  2.  The approved pre-enrolment document (favourable response from the Evisa application validation services of the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire or D.S.T.);
  3. Passport valid for at least six months;
  4. International certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.



Citizens of the following African countries do not need a visa to enter Côte d’Ivoire (exemption):

  • Benin,
  • Burkina Faso,
  • Cabo Verde,
  • Central African (Rép.),
  • Chad,
  • Congo (Rép.),
  • Gambia,
  • Ghana,
  • Guinea,
  • Guinea-Bissau,
  • Liberia,
  • Mali,
  • Mauritania,
  • Morocco,
  • Niger,
  • Nigeria,
  • Sénégal,
  • Seychelles,
  • Sierra Leone,
  • Togo and
  • Tunisia

If you are not eligible for an e-visa or if the type of visa you wish to obtain is not obtainable through the e-visa procedure, you can go to the nearest Ivorian diplomatic representation, accompanied by the necessary documents (see the addresses of the Ivorian embassies by clicking here).


    • Algeria/Algiers
    • Austria/Vienna
    • Burkina-Faso/Ouagadougou
    • Canada/Ottawa
    • China/Beijing
    • Gabon/Libreville
    • Ghana/Accra
    • Saudi Arabia/Riyadh
    • South Africa/Pretoria
    • Switzerland/Bern
    • United States/New York

    • Angola/Luanda
    • Brazil/Brasilia
    • Congo (Dém. Rép.)/Kinshasa
    • Egypt/Cairo
    • Guinea/Conakry
    • India/New-Delhi
    • Israël/Tel Aviv
    • Japan/Tokyo
    • Mali/Bamako
    • Mexico/Mexico City
    • Morocco/Rabat
    • Nigeria/Abuja
    • Russia/Moscow
    • Sénégal/Dakar
    • South Korea/Seoul
    • Tunisia/Tunis

Download the programme here

Agenda v3 EN
Agenda v3 EN

PDF - 257.41KB


The accommodation of participants will be arranged at the Silver Moon Hotel

Hotel Silver Moon                        Rating: ****

The Grand Palm – Peermont
Address : Cocody, Angré 7eme tranche Rue L155 Telephone +243 759925519
+243 758963648
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire Location :
E-mail :  [email protected]
Room Standard / single Credit cards Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
In-room climate control Air conditioning
Breakfast Included Check-in time 2 pm
Check-out time 12 am
Restaurants 1 Secure free self – parking
Rates, including government taxes and levies Negotiated rate : XOF 55,000

Approximately : EUR 84

Internet Free-of-charge in lounges, bedrooms, meeting rooms

Participants sponsored by WOAH have been booked at the Silver Moon Hotel. WOAH will pay their hotel accommodation (bed and breakfast) directly. All other expenses (drinks, minibar, telephone, internet) must be paid by the participants on check-out.

Self-funded participants or participants, sponsored by other organisations, are welcome to make their own arrangements elsewhere, or at the Silver Moon Hotel, quoting the “WOAH” negotiated rate mentioned above.



All WOAH-funded participants will be provided with an ad hoc per diem taking into account all expenses directly covered by WOAH. The per diem provided to the participants will serve, amongst others, to pay for the dinners and to meet all other incidental costs. Other extra costs such as dinners, laundry, internet etc. shall therefore be paid for by the participants.



Coffee/tea and lunches will be provided during the breaks scheduled in the provisional agenda of the workshop.  Breakfast is included in the price of the hotel room.

WOAH will host a dinner for all participants and speakers on the 2 August 2023.

Dietary or other special requirements shall be mentioned in the online registration form.



The WOAH  Regional Representation for Africa will organise transfer from/to the airport (Aéroport international Félix Houphouët-Boigny – ABJ) and the Hotel for funded participants.  After exiting the customs at the arrival hall, outside, please look for the person holding the placard “WOAH ”.

Self-funded participants are kindly invited to contact WOAH  Regional Representation for Africa for additional information on how to reach the meeting venue.



The national currency, the Franc CFA (XOF), is used for all transactions in Côte d’Ivoire. At a fixed parity, EUR 1.0 is exchanged for CFAF 655 and USD 1.0 was exchanged in May 2023 for CFAF 597. Electronic payment systems are widely available in retail and hotel/restaurant outlets, as well as in banks and ATMs.




The meeting will take place at the Silver Moon Hotel where all sponsored participants and speakers will be staying. The meeting will be held in English as the main working language, with simultaneous interpretation to French. Most presentations will be screened simultaneously in French and English.




Any traveller leaving or arriving in Côte d’Ivoire who has not received a full course of vaccinations (at least 2 injections for 2-dose vaccines, or at least 1 injection for single-dose vaccines), must carry a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate dated no more than 3 days from the date of sampling.

If this document is not presented, the traveller may be refused boarding by the airline, which should be contacted for any further information.

Furthermore, all passengers departing from, arriving in and transiting through Abidjan must complete the travel declaration form available online, print it out and present it at check-in.

April 20, 2023 update :




No proof of a negative COVID-19 test or COVID-19 vaccination certificate is required to leave Côte d’Ivoire.
NB: Airlines will be responsible for checking health documents against COVID-19 in accordance with the health recommendations of the destination countries.

No proof of a negative COVID-19 test or COVID-19 vaccination certificate is required to enter Côte d’Ivoire.
NB: All travellers will be subject to a systematic temperature check.

Abidjan, 20 April 2023


Other vaccinations or measures

An international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required to enter Côte d’Ivoire, for travellers aged 9 months and over, regardless of their origin. Administrative validity: for life.

Note that malaria is endemic in Côte d’Ivoire, including Abidjan, throughout the year.

For more information, visit  : Partir en Côte d’Ivoire : informations et vaccins voyage – Institut Pasteur



In August in Abidjan, the climate is humid with 113mm of rain over 12 days (it rains 40% of the days in the month) and the average temperature is 25.1°C . At night temperatures drop to 23°C and during the day they can reach 28°C.

No specific clothing precautions are required, but sunscreen is recommended for those not used to exposure to the equatorial sun. Long-sleeved clothing is recommended to protect against mosquito bites (malaria) at nightfall.


Voltage is 220 V (220-240V, 50Hz).  Sockets are of the continental (EURO) Standard 2-pin (picture).  Hotels usually provide for power adaptors at a nominal deposit which is refundable on return of the adaptor during check out.



Insurance terms, when relevant, are specified in the respective invitation letter. WOAH is not responsible for participants’ life/medical/travel insurance or costs resulting from any illness, accident or loss that may occur during travel and/or participation in the meeting.


The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), as a data controller, will internally process your personal data from the registration form for the purposes of organising this webinar. The data collected will be processed internally for the aforementioned purpose and communicated to the processors in charge of hosting and maintaining WOAH’s webinar platform (if applicable). The data will be kept for up to six months. You have the right to access and rectify your personal data, as well as to request erasure and obtain data portability under certain circumstances. To exercise these rights or if you have any questions about the processing of your data, you can contact our data protection officer at [email protected]

For more information, see our Privacy Policy: www.woah.org/en/privacy-policy/.

Please note that during the workshop, the organisers of this workshop will be taking photos which will be published on their website(s).  By appearing in the (group) photos, you give WOAH permission to capture, reproduce and communicate your image worldwide via its websites. If you do not agree to the terms of this photo rights release, you may refrain from appearing in the group photo.  A form will be presented for your approval at the entry of the meeting room on day 1.

By participating in this event, you also agree to its video recording by WOAH to assist in the preparation of the meeting report.



The organising committee remains at your entire disposal for further questions and assistance.

For any query on the organisation please contact Ms Grace Omwega ([email protected], landline + 254 202 713 461 and mobile + 254 722 519 683) in Nairobi and Ms Aïssata Bagayoko ([email protected], landline +223 20 24 15 83 and mobile + 223 79 433 231) in Bamako.

We are confident that you will have a pleasant and interesting stay in Côte d’Ivoire and we hope to welcome you soon.




While the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) believes the information it provides on this webpage to be reliable, WOAH does not make any warranties or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the information provided in this webpage. Reliance upon the information shall be your responsibility. Under no circumstances shall WOAH be liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of the information on this webpage. This document may contain links and references to third-party websites. The linked sites are not under the control of WOAH, and WOAH is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. It is your responsibility to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from these third-party websites.