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 provider, it cannot guarantee that personally identifiable information (PII) and other Privacy Act protected information will not be subject to unauthorized use or disclosure by the third-party provider.

In addition, please be aware that there may be additional monetary costs associated with using SMS/text messaging, including but not limited to receiving text messages and/or roaming, which will not be reimbursed by the U.S. government.  Please discuss any cost-related questions with your cellular service provider.

As a reminder, the Embassy will continue to use email and the Embassy’s website as the primary means to disseminate Security and Emergency Messages for U.S. citizens.

Disclaimer:  The U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the third-party provider of services.  Any costs associated with the use of SMS text services are the sole responsibility of the user.

If you wish to receive messages from the Embassy by text, please print the attached authorization form, sign the document, and return it to the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou using one of the following options:

  • Drop it off at the Embassy’s Consular Section on Mondays and Thursdays between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (or by appointment).
  • Mail it to: Consular Section
    Embassy of the United States of America
    Avenue Sembene Ousmane, Ouaga 2000
    01 BP 35, Ouagadougou 01 – Burkina Faso; or
  • Scan it, then email to

 Thank you for your cooperation.