Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Passport Ranking
The Ivoirian passport currently ranks on the 86th place according to the Guide passport index. It provides visa-free access to 29 countries. The Passport Ranking has dropped from 65th in 2008 to the current ranking. Ivoirian passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Ghana and Lebanon. Ivoirian citizens do however require a visa to enter 175 destinations in the world such as China, Japan, Russia, the United States and the entire European Union. This high visa requirement results in a low mobility score.
Côte d’Ivoire is a former French colony. Located in Western Africa it consists of 14 districts. It borders Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia and Mali. The most important districts are Abidjan, Sassandra-Marahoué and Bas-Sassandra. The nation is the 28th largest country in Africa with a surface area of 322,463 square kilometers, making it one of the smaller sized countries of the continent. Its climate is divided into two climate zones: the tropical coast and the semiarid far north. Its geography is mostly flat with mountains in the northwest.
The overall population is 26.3 million people. The capital of the country is Yamoussoukro. The most populous city however is Abidjan with 3.6 million inhabitants. Other important cities of the country are Abodo, Bouaké and Daola. The largest airport is Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (ABJ). It has an approximate yearly passenger traffic of 2 million people. It connects the country to destinations across Africa, France and the Middle East. It is named after Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the first president of Côte d’Ivoire.
The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire gained independence from France in 1960. Its culture is dominated by a mix of traditions and the French heritage. There is a religious mix in the country, with the majority being Muslim followed by Christians. The official language of the nation is French. Additionally, there are over 60 native languages and dialects. The legal system is based on the French civil code. The government form is a presidential republic with President Alassane Dramane Outtara as elected chief of state. The Prime Minister is Hamed Bakayoko as head of government. Elections take place every 5 years.
The official currency of the country is the West African CFA franc (XOF) with the current exchange rate being XOF 560 to the USD. Côte d’Ivoire has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $144 billion. This makes it the 13thlargest economy in Africa. It has a per capita income of $5,360. The main GDP contributing sectors are services and agriculture. The Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans and an important producer of coffee and palm oil. Over the past 5 years the country has been amongst the strongest growing economies of the world.
Côte d’Ivoire is a developing tourism destination offering limited options. It is known for its wildlife and historic sites. The main tourist attractions are beaches and safaris. Some of the main destinations are the Grand-Bassam, Abidjan and the Tai National Park. There were about 1.9 million touristic visits to the country per year in average.