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Currency-wifi-other inquiries

Montreal, Canada
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Currency-wifi-other inquiries

Hi I am canadian and I am visting Abidjan for the first time next month for missionary purposes. I have some questions concerning the wifi and the currency;

- Do i need to exchange canadian dollars to FCFA? Or is it better to have american dollars?

- how much pocket money do I proximatly need if I am staying 15-20 days ( for food, transportation, wifi/cell inquiries)

- how does the wifi work in Abidjan? How goood is it? Will my iphone 5s work there?

- how medically safe is Abidjan? (Water? Food?)

- is there any safe measurements I should be taking during my visit?

Sorry if i have many questions, I am a little bit worried since I am travelling alone.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Currency-wifi-other inquiries

You definitely need local currency.

I guess absolutely nobody can tell you how much money you are going to spend. It depends on so, so many factors really:

Food - where would you like to eat? (guest house, local restaurant, hotel, 5 star hotel, local market)

Transportation - which means of transport? (private car with driver? Local buses? Minibuses?)

If you stay at a 5 star hotel, WIFI will probably not be a problem. It doesn‘t depend on your phone, it depends on your operator whether it will work in Abidjan.

As with almost every African country: Don’t drink tap water. If you eat: Eat food that is cooked/grilled, or fruit that you can peel yourself, etc. Have the right vaccinations. Yellow fever is obligatory.

Safety can be an issue in Abidjan for sure. There are a couple of areas you shouldn’t walk in at night, and sometimes even during the day. Check the appropriate foreign office or the embassy - always a very good idea with valuable advice.

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2. Re: Currency-wifi-other inquiries

Thank you

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