Foreign travel advice

Burkina Faso

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the following parts of Burkina Faso: all areas of the country north of the town of Boulsa; areas within 40km of the western border with Mali; the W National Park in the south-east bordering Niger and Benin.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Burkina Faso, including the capital Ouagadougou.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Burkina Faso. A terrorist attack took place in central Ouagadougou on 15 and 16 January in which 30 people were killed, including a number of foreigners. Further attacks are possible and could occur without warning. If you are in Burkina Faso, you should be vigilant, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. Airports and borders could be subject to closure at short notice.

The curfew in Burkina Faso has now been lifted. You should continue to take extra care and follow the instructions of the security authorities. There is a risk that terrorist groups may cross the border from Mali and the northern border with Niger into Burkina Faso to carry out kidnap attacks. On 15 January, 2 western nationals were abducted in the northern town of Djibo near the border with Mali. See Terrorism

There’s no British Embassy in Burkina Faso. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British High Commission in Accra, consularaccra@fco.gov.uk; telephone: +233 302 213 200. There is an Honorary Consul in Burkina Faso, who can offer limited consular assistance.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.