Summary

The FCO advise against all travel to the area of Burkina Faso north of the town of Boulsa.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including places where foreigners gather. This threat is increased due to the possibility of retaliatory attacks following the French intervention in Mali. There is a heightened risk that terrorist groups may cross the northern borders from Mali and Niger into Burkina Faso to carry out kidnap attacks. See Terrorism.

Large-scale political demonstrations take place in cities and towns across the country. These are usually peaceful, but have occasionally turned violent. You should stay alert to local political developments, and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

Most visits to Burkina Faso are trouble-free.

There is no British Embassy in Burkina Faso. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British High Commission in Accra, Ghana. There is an Honorary Consul in Burkina Faso, who can offer limited help.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

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