Ivory Coast Reopens Land Borders Closed Since 2020

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Ivory Coast will reopen its land borders on Wednesday night, closed since March 2020 and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government spokesman announced Wednesday after the Council of Ministers.

“The Council adopted a decree opening the land borders of Côte d’Ivoire,” said Amadou Coulibaly, adding that they would be reopened “at midnight”.

Côte d’Ivoire had closed its land, sea, and air borders on March 22, 2020, when the entire world was quarantined due to the pandemic.

While the sea and air borders reopened after a few months, the land borders remained closed.

Côte d’Ivoire borders Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana. Millions of people from these countries living on Ivorian soil had to take back roads to their home countries.

“We are now in control of the clandestine transit routes, we invite all travellers to use the official routes from now on,” Coulibaly said.

According to official figures, Côte d’Ivoire was relatively spared by the Covid-19 pandemic, with only about 800 deaths.

Last month, the National Security Council, chaired by President Alassane Ouattara, praised the “excellent results recorded in the fight against Covid-19 since 2020” and announced the gradual lifting of the measures imposed by the state of health emergency.

 

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