Burkina Faso Travel Information
The security situation in Burkina Faso has
deteriorated considerably in recent years. There have
been several terror attacks in the country since 2015,
including in the capital Ouagadougou. Kidnappings of
Westerners have occurred.
There have been several terrorist attacks in Burkina
Faso in recent years, including three major attacks in
the capital Ouagadougou. The last attack in Ouagadougou
took place on March 2, 2018. The attacks have been aimed
at both civilian and military targets.
The security situation in Burkina Faso has gone from
bad to worse in recent years. About one third of the
country towards the border with Mali in the north and
west, as well as on the border with Niger in the east,
is now characterized by rebel and terror groups. Attacks
on civilians are becoming more frequent, affecting
Christian opinions in particular. Extremist groups move
across borders and operate relatively freely in the
border areas towards Mali in the north and west.
Over the past year, the security situation in the
east of the country has worsened significantly with
several attacks against Burmese security forces and
economic operators (especially mining companies). There
have also been kidnappings of westerners in Burkina
Faso, in the border areas against Mali in the north and
Travelers are encouraged to avoid traveling in areas
where demonstrations and public gatherings are listed.
One should follow local news and keep up to date on the
possibilities of entry or exit.
- Countryaah: Ouagadougou is the capital
of Burkina Faso. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Normally, the greatest risk to Norwegian travelers in
Burkina Faso, as elsewhere in Africa, is linked to
traffic accidents, theft and profit crime, and a poor
health service. Travelers are encouraged to take
reasonable precautions and avoid traffic at night,
especially outside the capital Ouagadougou.
There is no particular danger to natural disasters in
Burkina Faso, but some areas are regularly hit by floods
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
There is a visa requirement for Norwegian citizens,
and visas must be obtained in advance. Contact Burkina
Faso's embassy in Copenhagen for more information.
Together with the passport, which must be valid for
the entire travel stay and six months after departure, a
health vaccination card must be brought. Vaccines for
yellow fever are required and in addition, vaccines for
diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and poliomyelitis
are recommended. A valid vaccination card must be
presented on arrival. As of February 25, 2020, no cases
of persons infected with the coronavirus have been
registered, but body temperature control at the airport
has been implemented.
Burkina Faso is on the World Health Organization's
list of countries where zika can occur, and the
Institute of Public Health has updated health advice for
pregnant women and other travelers to travel to these
The standard of local hospitals is generally poor,
but there are some private and local clinics that are
designed for easier treatments. More comprehensive
operations should be undertaken in Europe. The
pharmacies have a basic range of medicines. Malaria
prophylaxis is recommended, especially during the rainy
Responsible Norwegian Embassy for Burkina Faso is the
embassy in Bamako, Mali. There is limited capacity for
monitoring Norwegian nationals in the country. The UD's
24-hour operational center in Oslo can be contacted on
tel. +47 23 95 00 00 in case of emergency.
The capital is Ouagadougou. Other major cities are
Bobo-Dioulasso, Banfora, Koudougou and Ouahigouya.
French is the official language. The most important
African languages are mossi, various mandible
dialects, ugly, guormanch¨¦ and bissa.
Currency is the Central African Franc (CFA). There
are ATMs in Ouagadougou, around tourist resorts, hotels
and at the airport. Some hotels accept payment by credit
card and then primarily Visa. Local currency unit CFA
1000 = NOK 15. Country code/area code +226. There are
several local mobile networks such as Orange and MTN.
Current is 220 volts.
Burkina Faso is a secular state with a blend of Islam
and Christian faiths rooted in traditional African
faith. It is estimated that 60 percent are Muslim, 25
percent Christian (primarily Catholic) and 15 percent
follow traditional beliefs. Local traditions and customs
should be respected, especially during the fasting month
of Ramadan. Avoid taking pictures of people without
permission. Photographic equipment must not be used near