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
  • Cibitoke and Bubanza provinces
  • Ruvubu National Park
  • the road north of Bujumbura airport towards Cibitoke
  • the main road running west from Kayanza through the Kibira National Park

In Bujumbura you should take extra precautions in the areas of Kanyosha and Kamenge, where the risk to foreigners – particularly of opportunistic crime – is higher.

Avoid travelling by road outside Bujumbura after dark. This is due to the security situation and road safety concerns. See Local travel

If you travel outside Bujumbura, you should get up-to-date local advice before setting off. 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

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. Pre-election tensions are particularly pronounced in the provinces of Cibitoke and Bubanza. See Political situation

There’s a high risk of street crime, particularly while withdrawing money. There have been incidents of armed burglary. See Crime

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) caused several fatalities during 2013 and 2014. You should take necessary precautions and seek urgent medical attention if you become unwell. See Health

There’s 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. All visitors or long term residents should register with the Belgian Embassy: Boulevard de la Liberté, 9, Bujumbura; telephone: + 257 22 22 32 66 or + 257 22 22 61 76; email: Bujumbura@diplobel.org. See Consular assistance

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.