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Labor Laws in Côte d'Ivoire

  • Annual Leave: 24 days
  • Maternity Leave: 14 weeks
  • Public Holidays: 14
  • Workweek: 40 hours per week.

Income Tax in Côte d'Ivoire

Income Tax in Côte d'Ivoire is progressive ranging from 0% to 60%.

Value Added Tax (VAT) in Côte d'Ivoire

  • Côte d'Ivoire has a standard VAT rate of 18%.

Social Security in Côte d'Ivoire

Employees must contribute to the social security system (Caisse Nationale de Prevoyance Sociale or CNPS) together with the employer.

The employees only pay 6.3% to the CNPS Retirement Fund and the employer pays 7.7% of the taxable salary to the CNPS Retirement Fund (a total of 14%). The other contributions are paid by the employer (i.e. family allowances from 5.75%, work injury from 2% to 5%).

The monthly ceiling for the CNPS Retirement Fund is XOF 3,375,000, and the monthly ceiling for the other contributions is XOF 70,000.

Work Visas Côte d'Ivoire

The work visas available to legally work in Côte d'Ivoire include:

Short-Term Visa

  • Allows stays of up to 3 months
  • Applicable for tourism, business trips, research/exchange programs, and short-term work.

Long-Term Visa

  • Allows stays of up to 1 year.
  • Maximum validity of 1 year.

Work Contract Visa

    • Based on a work contract for non-nationals employed in the country.
    • Appropriate for foreign employees appointed for a fixed duration.
    • Valid for a maximum of 2 years.

To obtain a work permit, the employer must:

      • Advertise the job vacancy locally for 1 month
      • Make an employment contract for the foreign applicant
      • Get the contract reviewed and approved by the Agency of Employment

The employee must provide:

    • Passport valid for at least 6 months
    • 4 copies of the employment contract
    • Updated resume
    • Police background check from home country
    • Yellow fever vaccination certificate
    • Copies of professional qualifications
      • The work permit application is submitted alongside the residency permit application. Upon approval, the Ministry of Security issues both permits.
      • The overall process takes 1-2 months

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