Burkina Faso

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Avoid all travel to the W National Park and the area north of the Tougan–Ouahigouya–Djibo–Dori line—up to the Mali and Niger borders—and within 80 km of the rest of the Burkina Faso–Mali border, due to the threat of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism. Terrorism is a credible threat, particularly in the north of the country, where there are concerns about militant groups from neighbouring countries, such as Mali. Banditry is common on Burkina roads and particularly acute east of Fada N’gourma, on routes towards Niger and south of Ouagadougou.

Coupled with poor road safety, driving can be dangerous and challenging in Burkina Faso, especially after dark. Roads are generally narrow, unpaved and poorly lit. Pedestrians, bicycles, carts, vehicles without headlights and potholes pose hazards to drivers. Many trucks transit the country at night. Travel after dark is not recommended. Public transportation is not recommended as well. 

Flash floods pose a hazard in Burkina Faso, with major flooding causing extensive damage to roads and residential areas during the rainy season from May to November. A lack of investment in local infrastructure means flooding will continue to cause disruption in the country.

Since August 2018, attacks by militants have also increased and they were mostly targeted at security forces including French troops based in the country. In response, a security operation in Sahel was intensified with troops carrying out raids in the Est region in the country.

Hälsa, sjukdomar och vaccination

Travellers are advised to consult a travel health specialist or general practitioner (GP) to obtain the latest information with regards to what vaccinations are recommended about 4-8 weeks prior to departing for Burkina Faso. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, meningococcal meningitis, polio, MMR and tetanus-diphtheria. Rabies may also be advised if travelling to rural areas.

Certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination is required when arrive in the country.

The use of anti-malaria medicine (Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline) is recommended for all areas of Burkina Faso.

Traveller illnesses such as diarrhoea, are the most common travel-related medical concern. Precautions should be applied when ordering and consuming food and drinks. Certain food items, such as salads, vegetables and fruit, should be carefully prepared and selected. Tap water should be avoided, and bottled and treated water consumed at all times. Ice cubes in drinks and water used to wash certain food stuffs should be considered as potentially harmful.

The medical facilities are extremely limited in Burkina Faso and medication is not always available. The majorities of hospitals are in Ouagadougou, but facilities are limited and not always sterile. Payment in advance is often expected even if you have travel insurance.

Bring your own medication packed in the original boxes and clearly labelled (in generic names). It is also advisable to bring your own needles. If a serious medical problem emerges, it is advisable to leave the country for better medical facilities. Outside of the capital, medical facilities are very poor and often unavailable.

Pass

Passports need to be valid for another six months before entering the country.

Visum

Visas and evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination are required for entry into Burkina Faso. Visas can be obtained upon arrival in Burkina Faso. Visas issued at the airport are valid for 21 days. Visas issued at land borders are valid for seven days. Both types of visas can be extended at the migration office in the capital, Ouagadougou.

A letter of responsibility is required for business travellers. The letter must be addressed to the Embassy of Burkina Faso; explain the purpose of the visit; be on your company letterhead; and signed by somebody of your company other than yourself.

For additional information visit TLCS at http://www.tlcsvisas.com/tlcs/ 

Burkina Faso
  • Huvudstad: Ouagadougou (2.741 million-2015)
  • Religion: Islam and Christianity
  • Tidszon: UTC

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  • Polis: 17
  • Brandkår: 18
  • Ambulans: 18

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