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Health Alert: Return to Normal Airport Operations – U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou
August 10, 2020

Location: Burkina Faso

Event: Announcement of Return to Normal Airport Operations – Entry and Exit Requirements

The Government of Burkina Faso reopened the Ouagadougou and Bobo airports for normal commercial operations on August 1st, 2020.  All land borders remain closed.

Travelers arriving in Burkina Faso – Travelers coming to Burkina Faso will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within five (5) days of arrival.  Currently, rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and antibody tests are not accepted.  To date, health officials have accepted certificates in either French or English.  A temperature check will be performed upon arrival; passengers with a temperature over 38C will be subject to further evaluation by host nation medical personnel.

Passengers who arrive without the required test have the option of being tested (RDT test) by host government personnel at the airport at a cost of 90,000 CFA.  Passengers who test positive at the airport will be required to quarantine in a hotel at the traveler’s expense pending the result of a PCR test.  Additional follow-up tests may be required, again at traveler’s expense.

Travelers departing Burkina Faso – travelers departing Burkina Faso, regardless of destination, will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within five (5) days of departure.  Results will be verified prior to entering the airport.

Masks are required to be worn upon arrival at the airport under all circumstances.

The information above is subject to change at any time by the Government of Burkina Faso, please contact your airline for any updates.

The staff at U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou continues to telework full time.  The Embassy remains open and continues to operate in Burkina Faso.  American citizens undergoing an emergency and in need of immediate assistance outside working hours can call our switchboard at (226) 25 49 53 00 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. Citizens to continue to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for preventing the coronavirus disease (CDC).

Encourage your friends and family members to register at step.state.gov so they receive Embassy updates.

Routine consular services remain suspended.  American citizens who have an urgent need for routine services, including emergency passports, please email consularouaga@state.gov or visit our website for additional information: https://bf.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.

Actions to Take:

  • Call the Burkina Faso hotline at (226) 52-19-53-94 or (226) 70-95-93-27, or dial 35 35, if you feel ill and suspect you might have COVID-19.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 (https://bf.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/)for information on conditions in Burkina Faso.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.


  • U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    Secteur 15, Ouaga 2000
    Rue 15.873
    (226) 25 49 53 00
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444