The International Forum of Trade and Industry of Abidjan

Formalities & Practical Information

A Visa to attend the FICIA Abidjan

Do you need a visa for Ivory Coast ?
All the relevant steps are available as follows:

1. UEMOA zone national

The nationals from UEMOA zone can enter Ivory Coast without visa.However, a biometric passport or a NIC (National Identity Card) , valid for over 6 months will be required.

2. All other nationalities

The biometric visa is required for all other nationalities.
It can be obtained in two ways :

From the competent Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

On site at FHB Airport : You must have pre-registered on the site

All information available at:

Sanitary formalities

An international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required. If you do not have it, a vaccine can be given to you going down from the plane against payment of 10,000 FCFA (15 euros)

Mesures barrieres

Receiving an Invitation Mail

To obtain an invitation letter for the visa application procedures, you must first:

  • register at FICIA EXPO ABIDJAN as a visitor or exhibitor

  • Customized, it will attest of your intention to participate in FICIA EXPO 2021

The invitation letter will be sent to you within 48 hours. (Beginning March 2021).


Different types of accommodation are available in Abidjan (Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, hotel residences). We recommend that you choose them taking into account the distance to the venue of the event in order to avoid significant traffic jams in Abidjan.

Below a selection of hotels


  • Onomo

  • Sofitel Ivory Hotel

  • Palm Club Hotel

  • Tiama Hotel

  • Seen Hotel

Cocody Bed and Breakfast

  • Mansion

  • Gaia's Villa

  • Bushman Cafe

  • The Unicorn

All these hotels offer catering solutions on site or nearby.

Airport-Hotel Transportation

Most hotels in Abidjan have a car service that connects the airport to the travelers' hotel. A FICIA EXPO stand will welcome you upon your arrival at the airport and will give you indications on the various possible connections to get to your hotel.

It is recommended to inform the organizers of your arrival at least 48 hours in advance.

Access to the FICIA Expo 2021

The FORUM EXPO is held at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, located in the Cocody district of Abidjan. You can easily access it: :

  • By personal or rental car

  • In secure air-conditioned taxi

  • You can park nearby in the car parks of the Hotel SOFITEL. They are free and secure (be sure to leave no valuables items, the responsibility of the organizers and the hotel can not be engaged in case of theft or otherwise).

Get your Access Badge

Your badges will be available directly at check-in at the hotel. It is therefore mandatory to inform the organizers of your arrival and the type of accommodation chosen at least 72 hours in advance.

You will nevertheless be able to collect your badges on 15 & 17 April 2021,between 08h00 & 12h00 at the FICIA information stand in the lobby of SOFITEL Hotel Palais des congres. You will need to present your CNI or passport to collect your badge.

The venue of the Forum & Exhibition

The event will take place at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire on the following different sites:

  • Exhibition Courtyard and inside the Palais des Congrès

  • Conferences in the Salle des Fetes

  • Workshops in the Palais des Congrès

  • An activity plan will be given to you with your badge so that you can easily find your way.

Restoration during FICIA EXPO

Coffee breaks are self-service during the FICIA.
A restaurant area is accessible on the exhibition site.


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