Information & Facts
The official language of Ivory Coast is French but more
than 60 native dialects are spoken.
The official currency is the CFA Franc (XOF), divided into 100
centimes. The CFA Franc is linked to the Euro. New notes were
issued in 2004 and only those issued by the Bank of West African
Banque des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest) are valid
currency. There are a few ATMs in Abidjan but most will accept only
Visa cards. It is unwise to use an ATM that is not guarded. Credit
cards are accepted in the larger hotels and better restaurants.
Most shops require cash. Travellers cheques are accepted in banks,
as well as some tourist orientated hotels and restaurants.