The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the area of Burkina Faso north of the town of Boulsa, due to its proximity to the border with Mali.

A civilian-led transitional government is now in place following violent protests and the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré on 31 October. Public order has been restored, and the political tension has eased, but you should stay away from large public gatherings and political rallies.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including places where foreigners gather. There is a risk that terrorist groups may cross the northern borders from Mali and Niger into Burkina Faso to carry out kidnap attacks. A western national was abducted in the Tambau Region by an armed group on 4 April 2015. See Terrorism

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.