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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Burkina Faso Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso

Local Situation: 3.6 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso. We detected travel advisories from 9 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.0 / 5

Burkina Faso shares a land border with 6 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Burkina Faso), the Advisory Index is 3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Mali (4.5), Niger (3.8), Benin (2.5), Ivory Coast (2.4), Ghana with 2.4 and Togo with 2 (of 5).

Risk scoring history for Burkina Faso

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Burkina Faso.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Burkina Faso from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.6 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Burkina Faso: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/burkinafasosicherheit/212336

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Burkina Faso.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/burkina-faso/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/burkina-faso

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Burkina Faso that a spate of violence against targeted groups have been taking place in the country.

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Due to high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping, 'do not travel' to the north-eastern regions towards Ouagadougou (including parts of Toma, Yako, Kaya and Boulsa). Reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

Source: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/west/Pages/burkina_faso.aspx

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Burkina Faso.

Issued by: Australian government

Coverage: All areas along the borders with Mali, Niger, Benin, and Togo

Info: This regional advisory from the Australian government covers: All areas along the borders with Mali, Niger, Benin, and Togo.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Burkina Faso.

Issued by: Australian government

Coverage: All areas of the northern, eastern, and western regions

Info: This regional advisory from the Australian government covers: All areas of the northern, eastern, and western regions.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism, crime, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to the following regions due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping: The Boucle du Mouhoun Region The Cascades Region The Centre-Est Region The Centre-Nord Region The Centre-Ouest Region except ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/burkina-faso-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Do not travel to the areas north of the town of Boulsa due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry.  Do not travel within 40 kilometres of the border with Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, and in W National Park due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry  

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/burkina-faso

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til Burkina Faso og til hovedstaden Ouagadougou. Sikkerhedsrisiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have helt særlige grunde til at besøge landet. I den østlige og sydøstlige del af landet mod grænsen til Togo, Benin og Niger, fraråder vi alle rejser til provinserne Koulpélogo, Kompienga, Tapoa, Gourma, Komondjari, ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/burkina-faso/

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Burkina Faso.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Provinserne Oudalan, Soum og Loroum, der grænser op til Mali, samt området nord for byen Ouahigouya. Området vest for byerne Tougan, Dedougou, Bobo-Dioulasso og Banfora ned til grænsen mod Elfenbenskysten. De fire byer er ikke omfattet. Provinserne Koulpélogo, Kompienga, Tapao, Gourma, Komondjari, Gnagna, Yagha og Seno, der grænser til Togo, Benin og Niger. 

Info: Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso with its capital Ouagadougou is a country in Africa (Western Africa), slightly larger than Colorado (274,200 km²). The country is located Western Africa, north of Ghana. The climate can be described as tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers. The landscape is mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast. With a population of about 14.76 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Ouagadougou
Population about 14.76 million
Size 274.200 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than Colorado
Common languages French
Currency Franc (short: XOF)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +226
Internet Top Level Domain .bf
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 BF
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 BFA
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 854

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Burkina Faso is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • and the economy
  • deforestation
  • overgrazing
  • population distribution
  • recent droughts and desertification severely affecting agricultural activities
  • soil degradation

Natural hazzards

  • recurring droughts

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Burkina Faso. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. agricultural processing
  2. beverages
  3. cigarettes
  4. cotton lint
  5. gold
  6. soap
  7. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. corn
  2. cotton
  3. livestock
  4. millet
  5. peanuts
  6. rice
  7. sesame
  8. shea nuts
  9. sorghum

Burkinabe Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Burkina Faso.

Export products

  1. cotton
  2. gold
  3. livestock

Import products

  1. capital goods
  2. foodstuffs
  3. petroleum

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso is currently rated at 3,6 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 9 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso.

Is it safe to travel Burkina Faso in 2019?

The score is rather high (3,6) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Burkina Faso. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Burkina Faso?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 9 individual sources for Burkina Faso.

What is the size of Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso has a size of 274,200 km² or 105,869 mi² which is slightly larger than Colorado.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.