Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • all areas within 1 km of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • the Kibiria and Ruvubu forests, and all areas within 10km of these two forests

  • Rukoko National Park in Rusizi nature reserve, Bubanza

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to all remaining parts of Burundi, except for Bujumbura.

The FCO do not advise against travel to Bujumbura, but you should take extra precautions in the areas of Kanyosha and Kamenge, where the risk to foreign travellers – particularly of opportunistic crime – is judged to be higher.

There is an increased risk of spontaneous political demonstrations, particularly in Bujumbura, as Burundi moves towards elections in mid 2015. You should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings as they may become violent. See Political situation.

There is a high risk of street crime, particularly whilst withdrawing money. There have been incidents of armed burglary. See Crime.

Avoid travelling by road outside of Bujumbura between 5:30pm 8am. This is due to the security situation and road safety concerns; take extra precautions. See Local travel.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. 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 during 2013. You should take necessary precautions and seek urgent medical attention if you are unwell. See Health.

There is no British Embassy in Burundi, but there is a Liaison Office in Bujumbura, which can provide limited consular advice and assistance. The Belgian Embassy is able to provide consular assistance to British nationals. See Consular assistance.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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