Côte d’Ivoire
22 Jan 2023
Kosovo citizenship
Useful information
Car traffic
Car traffic Right-hand
Currency West African franc
Language French
Phone code
Phone code +225
Recognition of dual citizenship
Recognition of dual citizenship no
Covid There are no COVID restrictions
Insurance policy Insurance policy recommended

Obtaining residency in Côte d'Ivoire

    Foreign nationals cannot obtain an Ivorian residence permit from an embassy or consulate. They must obtain a long-term visa and then apply for a residence permit upon arrival in Côte d'Ivoire.

    To obtain residency, you need to contact the National Office of Civil Status Identification (ONECI) in Côte d'Ivoire.

    Through the website of the National Office of Civil Status Identification (ONECI) you can find out the current information about Resident Cards: requirements, prices, production centers at the link.

    An approximate list of documents that must be submitted to obtain a Resident Card:

  • Copy of passport
  • A copy of the visa and stamp for entry into Côte d'Ivoire
  • Certificate of residence, issued less than 6 months ago
  • Employment certificate (for those working in Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Certificate of criminal record
  • Payment receipt
  • Proof of education, or school or student income for the current year (for pupils and students).


    Also through the website of the National Office of Civil Status Identification (ONECI) you can obtain a National Identity Card ( CNI ) with which you can obtain Ivorian citizenship.

    The national identity card is valid for 10 years, after which it will need to be renewed.

    The procedure for receiving is as follows:

    1. Buy your issue online at

Pay online with Orange Money, Moov Money, MTN Mobile Money, Visa, Mastercard, Yup, EcobankPay.

    2. Print the receipt

Print the receipt and a copy will be sent to your email inbox. 

    3. Come to one of the registration centers to complete the process

You can view the list of registration centers here:

    4. Receive your CNI

You will be sent an SMS if your national identity card is available for collection.

Obtaining citizenship in Côte d'Ivoire

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