Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Airport Reopened

The Ouagadougou International Airport and land borders are now open.  However, commercial flights have not yet been scheduled and it is unclear when airlines will resume operations.  A curfew between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am remains in effect.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the security environment remains dynamic.  Embassy staff continues to shelter in place.  Essential movements are made in armored vehicles.  Sporadic gunfire continues to be reported throughout Ouagadougou and there are new reports that demonstrators are burning tires in the streets.

We urge U.S. citizens in Ouagadougou to shelter in place and make movements for essential purposes only.  U.S. citizens in other parts of Burkina Faso may also find that the best option is to shelter in place.

U.S. citizens should maintain situational awareness and exercise good judgment.  Be alert and remain aware of your surroundings.  Stay informed and abreast of local media reports.

The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou has not received any threat information pertaining to U.S. citizens, or U.S. interests.

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 make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, in Ouaga 2000, Sector 15, on Avenue Sembene Ousmane, southeast of the Monument aux Héros Nationaux,  at (+226) 25-49-53-00, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday and email at  If you are a U.S. citizen in an emergency situation after normal Embassy operating hours, please contact the Embassy, dial “1,” and ask to be connected to the duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).