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.
There was a failed military coup on 16 September. The transitional President has been returned to power, but there’s a risk of instability around the presidential and parliamentary elections, expected to be held in November. There could be unannounced demonstrations and strikes, and the security situation may deteriorate. You should remain vigilant and stay away from large public gatherings. The airport and land borders may be subject to closure at short notice. Monitor local media and check with your airline for more information.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Three gendarmes were killed on 9 October 2015 in an attack that took place close to the border with Mali, not far from Burkina’s second city Bobo-Dioulasso. Attacks can be indiscriminate and target 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.