Burkina Faso – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The northern Sahel border region shared with Mali and Niger due to crime and terrorism. The provinces of Komandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga, and Gourma in East Region due to crime and terrorism. Terrorist groups ...
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Alert: Burkina Faso Security Forces To Conduct Training Exercise on Tuesday, October 16 at the Stade du 04 Aout.

Location: Stade du 04 Août in Ouagadougou Event:  Burkina Faso Security Forces are planning to conduct a training exercise on Tuesday, October 16 at the Stade du 04 Août in Ouagadougou.  The exercise will be a simulated terrorist attack against the soccer stadium in the Gounghin district of Ouagadougou. Between 8 AM and 1 PM, individuals ...
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Alert – U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (October 5, 2018)

The U.S. Embassy phone system will be undergoing an upgrade on Saturday, October 6.  If you are an American citizen in an emergency situation, please call (226) 64 18 87 25.   For all other consular inquiries, please email  consularouaga@state.gov . For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and  Burkina Faso Country Specific Information . Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (October 5, 2018)

Location: Ministry of Education, Avenue de l’Indépendance Event: There is an ongoing protest today at the Ministry of Education on Avenue de l’Independence.  A large group of teachers and supporters have gathered and are blocking a section of Avenue de l’Indépendance. U.S. government personnel and American citizens are advised to avoid areas of demonstrations and ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (October 4, 2018)

Locations:   East Region and Sahel Region Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou advises U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Sahel Region and Komondjari, Topa, Kompienga, and Gourma provinces in the Eastern Region of Burkina Faso due to recent terrorist attacks. Terrorist and criminal groups have targeted security and military forces, hunting and security outposts, and ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (October 1, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (October 1, 2018)   Location: Ministry of Education, Avenue de l’Indépendance   Event: There is a possibility of sporadic protests by area teachers today and throughout the week leading up to National Teacher’s Day on 5 October.  A brief protest took place at the Ministry of Education ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (September 20, 2018) Location:   East Region Event:  In light of the recent violence in the Eastern Region by terrorist and criminal groups, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou reminds U.S. citizens to maintain good security practices and monitor local news. Recent incidents include the destruction of security outposts ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Phone Outage at U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou – August 22, 2018

The U.S. Embassy is currently experiencing technical difficulties receiving phone calls.  If you are an American citizen in an emergency situation, please call (226) 6557 3719.  For all other consular inquiries, please email consularouaga@state.gov . For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and  Burkina Faso Country Specific Information . Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive security messages and ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (June 5, 2018) Location: Ouagadougou Event: Burkinabe security forces have conducted recent counter-terrorism activities in light of terrorist attacks at downtown public venues. U.S. citizens should take proactive steps to enhance their personal security. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations. Vary your routes and times, ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (May 23, 2018) Location:   Ouagadougou Event:  Heightened police presence in Ouagadougou continues due to the recent counter-terrorism operation conducted on the early morning of May 22.  U.S. government employees are subject to an Embassy-imposed curfew from 12:00 AM to 5AM and may not travel to the Karpala, ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – May 22, 2018.

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (May 22, 2018) Location:  Ouagadougou Event:  Heightened police presence in Ouagadougou continues.  U.S. government employees under Chief of Mission authority (U.S. citizens and family members) are subject to an Embassy-imposed curfew from 12:00 midnight to 5 AM and may not travel to the Karpala and Balkuy neighborhoods in ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (April 6, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (April 6, 2018) Location:  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Event:  Heightened police presence in Ouagadougou continues. U.S. government employees under Chief of Mission authority (U.S. citizens and family members) are subject to an Embassy-imposed curfew from 12:00 midnight to 5AM and may not travel to the Karpala and Balkui neighborhoods ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (March 20, 2018)

Location: Ouaga 2000, Salle de Conference, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Event: U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area around the Salle de Conference near the Laico Hotel in Ouaga 2000 beginning Wednesday, March 21 due to heightened police presence. More than 80 people will be on trial before a military court over the failed 2015 coup in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Location:  Ouagadougou Event:  Heightened police presence in Ouagadougou.  U.S. government personnel are subject to an Embassy-imposed curfew from 10:00 PM to dawn, until further notice.  Most schools are open as of March 6, 2018. Actions to Take:   Avoid the areas of the March 2, 2018 attacks in downtown Ouagadougou and areas controlled by police and ...
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Security Alert: U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Location: Ouagadougou Event: Investigations continue in Ouagadougou following the March 2, 2018 attacks on the French Embassy and the Chief of Staff headquarters in downtown Ouagadougou. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling around the areas of downtown Ouagadougou affected by the attacks and the U.S. Embassy recommends that children of U.S. government personnel stay ...
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Travel Alert Message: Burkina Faso – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The northern Sahel border region shared with Mali and Niger due to crime and terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with little or no warning. ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Location: Downtown Ouagadougou Event: On March 2, 2018 gunmen attacked multiple locations in the downtown Ouagadougou area. The shelter-in-place order for U.S. Embassy personnel has been lifted. However movements in and around Ouagadougou, especially after dark, are to be limited until further notice. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of downtown Ouagadougou. Monitor local media ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (February 27, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (February 27, 2018) Location: Ouaga 2000, Salle de Conference, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Event: U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area around the Salle de Conference near the Laico Hotel in Ouaga 2000 due to heightened police presence. More than 80 people will be on trial before a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Demonstrations on January 10, 2018

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the National Coordination of Education Unions is planning a demonstration in Ouagadougou at 9am on Wednesday, January 10.  The protesters are scheduled to gather at the Worker’s Union Office on Avenue Monseigneur Thevenou and march the following route:  Avenue Monseigneur Thevenou- Avenue des Cineastes- United Nation Plaza- Avenue ...
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Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Student Demonstrations Impeding Traffic on Charles de Gaulle Avenue in Ouagadougou – November 27, 2017

U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Student Demonstrations Impeding Traffic on Charles de Gaulle Avenue in Ouagadougou November 27, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of reports that students are defacing public property and impeding traffic on Charles de Gaulle Avenue.  There have been no reports of violence but U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Peace Corps Evacuation – September 5, 2017

United States Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Peace Corps Evacuation September 5, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Peace Corps, acting with an abundance of caution, and considering the unique circumstances of Peace Corps service, recently evacuated their volunteers from Burkina due to security concerns.  The Peace Corps will ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Security Awareness Recommendations in Ouagadougou – August 25, 2017

U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness Recommendations in Ouagadougou August 25, 2017 The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to take proactive steps to enhance their personal security.  In light of terrorist attacks at downtown public venues such as hotels and cafés in Ouagadougou over the past two years, we ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Avenue Kwame N’Krumah Open to Traffic – August 17, 2017

United States Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Message for U.S. Citizens: Avenue Kwame N’Krumah Open to Traffic August 17, 2017 The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that Avenue Kwame N’krumah in Ouagadougou is open to traffic and the order for embassy personnel to avoid travel to that area of downtown Ouagadougou has been lifted. The Embassy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Recent Attack at the Istanbul Restaurant

U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso August 14, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has lifted the order to shelter in place for embassy personnel.  The Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens to avoid downtown Ouagadougou due to an ongoing investigation into the August 13 attack at the Istanbul restaurant on Avenue Kwame N’Krumah. The government of Burkina Faso reports ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens Avoid Downtown Ouagadougou – August 14, 2017

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid downtown Ouagadougou and shelter in place.  The Embassy received reports late Sunday night of gunfire in downtown Ouagadougou.  The Government of Burkina Faso reports that 17 were killed and 8 wounded during an attack at the Istanbul restaurant on Avenue Kwame Nkrumah.  We urge U.S. citizens in Ouagadougou to contact family ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increase in Reports of Dengue Infection

November 15, 2016 Embassy Ouagadougou’s Interdisciplinary Health Team has been made aware of an increase in reports of Dengue in and around Ouagadougou.  Symptoms of Dengue can be very similar to malaria and include flu-like symptoms such as:  high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, rash and mild bleeding from ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zone du Bois Security Guidance Lifted

Embassy Ouagadougou has confirmed that the area near MACO in Ouagadougou’s Zone du Bois neighborhood has returned to normal following the security incident on May 22.  There is no longer any restriction concerning the movements of embassy personnel in proximity to MACO. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and  Burkina Faso Country Specific Information ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Embassy Ouagadougou received reports from the police that a security event had occurred in Zone du Bois in Ouagadougou. Police reports are now indicating that the incident has been contained. The embassy has lifted its shelter in place requirement for embassy personnel. We encourage U.S. citizens to avoid the area near MACO in Zone du ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Municipal Elections May 22nd

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that municipal elections are scheduled on May 22, 2016. Elections are part of an ongoing, dynamic, and sometimes heated process of political change. There is presently no reason to believe U.S. citizens would be specifically targeted in the event of election-related unrest. U.S. citizens should maintain a high level ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Vigilance and Travel within Burkina Faso

On March 15 the U.S. Department of Defense issued a travel advisory that places restrictions on unofficial, i.e., personal, travel by Department of Defense personnel to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Guinea until June 30, 2016.  These restrictions only apply to active duty and civilian employees of the Department of Defense. However, please ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Curfew Lifted, Travel Restrictions Remain

The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou informs U.S. citizens that the government of Burkina Faso has lifted the curfew which it implemented following the terrorist attacks of January 15 and 16. Until further notice, the area surrounding the Splendid Hotel, Cappuccino Café, and Yibi Hotel is restricted due to the ongoing investigation (see the attached map).   The restricted area ...
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Burkina Faso Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Burkina Faso.  U.S. citizens in Burkina Faso, and those considering travel to Burkina Faso, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats to safety and security.  The ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services in remote and ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Downtown Ouagadougou

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that until further notice, Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid downtown Ouagadougou. The Embassy is monitoring reports fire and gunfire in the area of Hotel Splendid and Café restaurant Cappuccino. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Burkina Faso Country Specific Information. Enroll in ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: 11 pm to 6 am Curfew

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a curfew has been established from 11 pm until 6 am. Until further notice, Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid downtown Ouagadougou.  The Embassy is monitoring reports of fire and gunfire in the area of Hotel Splendid and Café restaurant Cappuccino. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to Parc W Prohibited for Embassy Personnel

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that because of safety and security reasons, U.S. Embassy personnel are currently prohibited from traveling to or staying at Parc National du W (Parc W), the regional national park located on Burkina Faso’s southeastern border with Niger and Benin.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow the same guidance. For ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Land Border Closures

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Government of Burkina Faso has announced several preventative security measures in advance of the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for November 29, 2015. Closure of land borders: Borders of Burkina Faso will be closed from Friday, November 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. until Tuesday, December 1, 2015 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Presidential and Legislative Elections Scheduled for November 29th

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Burkina Faso of the upcoming presidential and legislative elections scheduled for November 29. U.S. citizens are reminded of the risks of travel to Burkina Faso and urged to exercise caution while traveling within Burkina Faso during the election season.  This Travel Alert expires ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Season Security Reminders

The holiday season in Ouagadougou is upon us and, unfortunately, this may bring an increase in crime, vehicle accidents, and security-related incidents.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and to utilize the following security practices: Personal Security Practices Vary your routes and times. Keep your doors locked and windows closed (residence and ...
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Burkina Faso Travel Alert

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Burkina Faso of the upcoming presidential and legislative elections scheduled for November 29.  U.S. citizens are reminded of the risks of travel to Burkina Faso and urged to exercise caution while traveling within Burkina Faso during the election season.  This Travel Alert ...
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Burkina Faso Travel Warning

This Travel Warning is being issued to inform U.S. citizens that the Department of State on October 9 terminated the “Authorized Departure” status which allowed eligible family members and non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou to voluntarily depart the country on September 21. As a result of the termination of “Authorized Departure,” eligible ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Clearing of Naaba Koom Camp and Change in Curfew

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Burkina Faso military continues clearing the Naaba Koom Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) camp in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood, and explosions may be heard.  These explosions are a result of regular military units destroying munitions that ‎did not detonate during the September 29 assault on the camp.  In ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Military Artillery and Tank Fire

Burkina Faso military are firing artillery and tanks are shooting at the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) in Naaba Koom base.  Sporadic gunfire also occurred in Ouaga 2000 throughout the afternoon.  Embassy personnel in Ouaga 2000 continue to shelter in place.  Likewise, we urge U.S. citizens in Ouaga 2000 to shelter in place.  On September 29, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Staff in Ouaga 2000 Shelter In Place

On September 29, 2015 the Army Chief of Staff of Burkina Faso issued a notice recommending that individuals avoid travel to and within the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood in Ouagadougou.  Embassy personnel in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood have been instructed to shelter in place until further notice.  Likewise, we urge U.S. citizens in Ouaga 2000 to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Airport Reopens, Change of Curfew

On September 24, the Ouagadougou International Airport reopened to commercial flights. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens travel to the airport only if they have a confirmed reservation. Land borders are also open. U.S. citizens should be mindful that, as the political situation evolves, closures or openings of borders and airports could change. The ...
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Burkina Faso Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Burkina Faso and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Burkina Faso depart as soon as it is feasible to do so. This Travel Warning is being issued to notify U.S. citizens that on September 21, the Department of State authorized the voluntary ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Communications Infrastructure Destroyed – Amended

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that on September 20 RSP elements have destroyed equipment at Onatel, Ouagadougou’s main internet service provider, slowing internet services and eliminating Telmob’s cell phone signal. Onatel technicians are working on repairs to the network, and we have seen some signs of improved connectivity. The Embassy will communicate any future ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Communications Infrastructure Destroyed

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that on September 20 RSP elements have destroyed equipment at Onatel, Ouagadougou’s main internet service provider, slowing internet services and eliminating Telmob’s cell phone signal.  Onatel technicians are working on repairs to the network, and we have seen some signs of improved connectivity.   The Embassy will communicate any future ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Opt-in to Receive SMS Text Messaging

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to offer U.S. citizens resident in or vising Burkina Faso the option to receive notification of Emergency and Security Information via SMS text messaging. U.S. citizens who opt-in to receive text messages from a third-party provider should understand that even though the Embassy has taken precautions in selecting the third-party ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: April 25th Demonstration in Support of the Transitional Government

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration will take place in Ouagadougou on April 25, 2015, in support of the transitional government and the revision of the electoral code.  Several political parties and civil society organizations have joined the call for a demonstration.  A similar demonstration is expected to take place in Bobo-Dioulasso. ...
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