Foreign travel advice

Burundi

Important COVID-19 Travel

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Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

the whole of Burundi based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

In addition and for security reasons the FCDO advises against all travel to:

  • Cibitoke and Bubanza provinces
  • areas of Bujumbura Rural province west of the Rusizi river towards the Democratic Republic of Congo border, with the exception of the Rusizi Delta Nature Reserve
  • the road north of Bujumbura airport towards Cibitoke
  • the main road running west from Kayanza through the Kibira National Park
  • Ruvubu National Park

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the rest of Burundi

From 1pm on 29 January, visitors who have been in or transited through Burundi in the previous 10 days cannot enter England. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Burundi will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From 1 January onwards people with residence rights include: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Travel to Burundi is subject to entry restrictions

  • commercial flights have resumed in a limited capacity. All land and maritime borders are closed with the exception of goods and cargo.
  • all travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued in the last 72 hours. All passengers arriving by air will have to undergo a quarantine period of seven days in a designated quarantine hotel. You will be tested at least twice: first on arrival at Bujumbura airport and then again on the sixth day of quarantine. If you test positive you will be transferred to a treatment centre, at your own cost.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Burundi, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

In Bujumbura you should avoid areas which have previously experienced violence. In particular Kanyosha, Musaga, Mutakura, Kamenge, Cibitoke, Bwiza, Ngagara, Nyakabiga.

The security situation near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda remains unstable, and there have been armed attacks. If you’re travelling near the border with DRC or Rwanda, you should exercise caution and keep up to date with developments on the current situation, including via local media and this travel advice. See Local travel

There are limited facilities up country with little French spoken, and limited infrastructure. Make sure you’re as well prepared and self-sufficient as possible. See Road travel

Consular support is not available from the British government in Burundi. However, the British High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda can provide consular support to British nationals. See Consular assistance

There’s a high risk of street crime. There have been incidents of armed burglary, sometimes targeting foreign exchange offices and banks. See Crime

Terrorist attacks in Burundi can’t be ruled out. Al Shabaab has made public threats against Burundi because of its support to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. See Terrorism.

A long running cholera epidemic in Burundi (including Bujumbura) has caused several fatalities. You should take necessary precautions and seek urgent medical attention if you become unwell. See Health