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Last verified: Sunday, 26. January 2020 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: 3.8 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso. We detected travel advisories from 8 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.2 / 5

Burkina Faso shares a land border with 6 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Burkina Faso), the Advisory Index is 3.2 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Mali (4.7), Niger (4.3), Ivory Coast (2.6), Ghana (2.5), Togo with 2.3 and Benin with 2 (of 5).

Advice 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 3.8 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: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

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

Advisory issued by: Australia

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We've reviewed our travel advice for Burkina Faso. Do not travel to the eastern regions of Burkina Faso due to high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping. We haven't changed our overall level of advice: Reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso overall due to the high risk of terrorist attack and kidnapping. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/burkina-faso

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, herunder hovedstaden Ouagadougou. Sikkerhedsrisiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have helt særlige grunde til at besøge landet. I den sydøstlige og østlige 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 Koulpélogo, Kompienga, Tapao, Gourma, Komondjari, Gnagna, Yagha, Seno, Namentenga, Sanmatenga, Bam, Oudalan, Soum, Loroum og området nord for byen Ouahigouya i provinsen Yatenga. Området vest for byerne Tougan, Dedougou, Bobo-Dioulasso og Banfora (byerne er omfattet).

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

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

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

Advisory issued by: United States

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Do not travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism, crime, and kidnapping.  Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with little or no warning. Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, areas at or near mining sites, places of worship, ...

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

Individual rating changes for Burkina Faso

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Burkina Faso. Most recent events first.

Changes from December 19th 2019

The total rating for Burkina Faso changed from 3.6 to 3.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Burkina Faso to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 3rd 2019

The total rating for Burkina Faso changed from 3.8 to 3.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government decreased their existing warning for Burkina Faso to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from November 27th 2019

The total rating for Burkina Faso changed from 3.6 to 3.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Burkina Faso to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Burkina Faso changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 4.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 4.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 4.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 3.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 3.0.

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The German government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 3.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 4.0.

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Burkina Faso with a rating of 4.0.

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 3,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 8 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso.

Is it safe to travel Burkina Faso in 2020?

The score is rather high (3,8) 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 8 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.