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Alert: Laboratory Staff on Strike – COVID Testing Impacted (May 18, 2021)
May 18, 2021


Location: Burkina Faso

Event:  Medical Laboratory Staff on Strike – COVID-19 Testing Impacted

The U.S. Embassy received reports that Burkina Faso National laboratory staff have been on strike since Sunday, May 16, 2021.  According to local sources, the Ouagadougou airport collection station continues to collect samples, but the national laboratories are not currently operating to analyze the results.

The impact of this on travel is unknown at this time.  Current local regulations require all travelers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test to depart Burkina Faso.  We do not have any information at this time suggesting local authorities will adjust regulations due to the strike.


  • U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

(226) 25 49 53 00


  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444