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Liberia-Ivory Coast border | Customs and Immigration

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Last Visited: 5 months ago
GPS: 7.253369, -8.363975
Altitude: 374.9 masl
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Border was closed from 2014 but officially opened again on 12th of Sept 2016.

To exit Liberia, pass by immigration, health port and one more stop, then get exit stamp from Maj. Betty Benson. Corrupt immigration and health officials asked for money, but we told them we spent our last dollars. Major was very nice.

Pass by immigration and health to enter Ivory Coast. Meningitis shot apparently mandatory now. Can be issued on the spot for 2500CFA, check vaccine storage temperature and expiration date of vaccine/needles.

Border opens around 730am, officially closes at 6pm but with some diplomacy and a few small hand outs may be 'open' until 8pm or so.

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Going east I arrived from Liberia to Ivory Coast the day after that the Ivory Coast president ordered to close borders to travelers who come from countries with more than 100 cases of coronavirus. The IC officers didn't let me in cause I had Spanish passport and Spain has thousands of people infected despite I haven't been in Spain for the last 3 months. I came from Liberia that has only 1 case. Impossible to deal with them. I had to come back to Liberia and try to cross into IC from Guinée (visa needed). Very crazy times for travel.

Going west. Easy and friendly as mentioned before. Vaccination book checked on both sides. Took us maybe 1.5 hours for both sides. Mainly because we needed a TIP for Liberia which took some time to issue. First they asked US$50 'office fee' for that. But since she wrote 'gratis' in the 'amount payed' section of the form, we refused to pay and they let us go fairly easy.
They also charge the US$10 brown card fee here. Looks legit although we don't really understand why everybody has to pay this.

The border close at 6 pm!!! And no chance to pass after.

Easy crossing. Altogether, it took max 30-40 minutes. Many photos were taken with phones of passport and me on the Ivorian side. They required meningitis vaccination.

Very easy crossing. My visa for.Liberia was.already expired for.one.day but no one.bothered. I had.to show my
yellow.fever card on both borders.

IC took pictures of.me and.my bicycle as well.as.of.the passport.

Very easy crossing both sides no issues. CI immigration is very busy with taking pictures from us and our truck + writing many details extra on a sheet of paper... in total we spent maybe 45 minutes for both sides.

We (Dutch and Swiss with each a car, English and Irish with a motobike) came here from Liberian side.
On the Liberian side no worries, even had some „nice“ music in the douane office.
Ivory coast side Immigration and Health was no problems but slow as hell. At the douane the problem started: Dutch and Swiss didn‘t have carnet so they wanted us to take an escort to Man to get the vignette touristique. Of course they asked for money. We pulled the „this is not correct“ card, demanded the officer‘s name and threatened to call anto-corruption office. Things escaleted a bit, we we‘re called rassists etc. We tried to discuss but nothing worked. So we said we stay for the night, handed our papers over (just copies), sleep in a hotel nearby and go with the escort to Man the next day.
We came to the border rather early but they somehow tried to annoy us by not showing up, so we jumped into the car and decided to drive to Man without escort. They chased us, caught us at a checkpoint, called the lieutenant, he took our keys and acted as they started an official case. They didn‘t offer any kind of solution and just did a lot of official-looking stuff (protocols, „you need a lawyer“, etc).
We solved the situation after six days by driving to Man with public transport, getting the Swiss embassy to call the boss in Man, getting the vignette without car (for free) and suprising them with having the vignette back in Danané.
Very corrupt and acted very official, really thought I‘m in trouble. But in the end escort and vignette should be free, officers declined to identify themselves. No foolproof solution available. Just calling embassies, police and luck did the trick. Even embassies are not fully aware of the problem.

I crosse from Ivory Coast into Liberia and everyone was friendly in both sides. They asked to do a baggage check but it was nothing more than opening and looking at it for less then asecond. .

Easy but long boardercrossing.
The officials dont know how to read a passport, didnt find the key for the stamp or are not there in the morning...
Had to explain the Carnet on Liberia side.

Easy exit of Liberia, no payments. Had to show them how to stamp my carnet.
Entering CI; first health officials, we already had meningitis vaccine so no problems there. Then customs, took pretty long time because we didn't have a copy of insurance and lazzies passer and he had to make copies for us. About 45 min wait. But no payments at all. Easy border.

Exiting Liberia was simple enough. No meningitis scam or other problems with the health officer in Ivory coast. The police made a very annoying and long search of my luggage and stole a bunch of malaria pills, then asked for a cadeau. Everyone else was friendly and helpful.

Exiting Liberia easy enough. Nobody asked for cash. I'm in the habit though of telling everyone at borders how honest their country is, and its so refreshing because the previous country is very corrupt!

I had to get them to stamp the carnet. Explain how to do it as per entry. Probably shouldn't have bothered on the way in

Entering CI again easy enough. immigration on the right. Then they wanted to vaccinate for meningitis. The needles were sealed but vaccine in a cooler not fridge. At the Liberia border i had thought about addingthe vaccine to my book. But decided to blag it instead if i didn't trust the vaccination setup.

So i told them i had it in 2015 but on my old vaccination book which was lost. They let me through. I'd recommend just adding the vaccination to your book or better yet get it in advance

Police than gave my bike luggage a good look (most thorough so far). Customs were very disinterested in my Carnet. So it wasn't stamped. Nobody wanted more than the bike papers for ownership

Border was closed from 2014 but officially opened again on 12th of Sept 2016.

To exit Liberia, pass by immigration, health port and one more stop, then get exit stamp from Maj. Betty Benson. Corrupt immigration and health officials asked for money, but we told them we spent our last dollars. Major was very nice.

Pass by immigration and health to enter Ivory Coast. Meningitis shot apparently mandatory now. Can be issued on the spot for 2500CFA, check vaccine storage temperature and expiration date of vaccine/needles.

Border opens around 730am, officially closes at 6pm but with some diplomacy and a few small hand outs may be 'open' until 8pm or so.