COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

The Department of State has issued COVID-19 Traveler Information and advises all U.S. citizens to read the country-specific Travel Advisories and U.S. Embassy COVID pages for updates on the impact of COVID-19 worldwide.


Last updated: November 26, 2020

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Country-Specific Information:

  • The Burkina Faso Ministry of Health confirmed 2,886 cases of COVID-19 and 68 related deaths in Burkina Faso.
  • The Ouagadougou and Bobo airports returned to normal operations on August 1, 2020.  All land borders remain closed.  For details on possible pre-departure requirements related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including possible testing requirements, please contact your airline.
  • As of June 3, 2020, the Government of Burkina Faso cancelled the curfew which was in effect throughout the country, except for the provinces that are under state of emergency (the East and Sahel regions, Kossi and Sourou provinces in Boucle de Mouhoun, Kenedougou province in Hauts Bassins, Louroum province in the North, and Koulpelogo province in the Center-East region).
  • Effective April 27, 2020, wearing a face mask is obligatory throughout the country.
  • The Government of Burkina Faso announced the re-opening of the markets in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso.
  • On May 4, 2020, the Government of Burkina Faso suspended the quarantine of cities.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes

American citizens are currently permitted to enter Burkina Faso.  All travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR (nasal swab) test upon arrival in Ouagadougou.  The test result must be dated within five days of arrival and can be in English or French. Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) or antibody tests are currently not accepted.  If a passenger does not arrive with a negative COVID-19 test, a rapid COVID-19 test will be performed at the airport, at a cost of 90,000 CFA (approximately 155 US Dollars) and the passenger will be detained until results are available.  All travelers are also required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR (nasal swab) test dated within five days to depart from Ouagadougou International Airport.

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • American citizens may contact the local Burkina Faso authorities for information on visa extensions for residents and/or tourists.

 Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

American citizens who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival must quarantine for 14 days at home or in a hotel. There is no quarantine requirement for those with a negative test result.

COVID-19 Testing:

COVID-19 testing is free of charge in Burkina Faso. All centers performing COVID-19 diagnostic are contracted by the government. Testing sites include:


  • Yalgodo Ouedreogo teaching hospital (CHU-YO)
  • Hospital Saint Camille (CERBA)
  • National Public Health Laboratory (LNSP)
  • Teaching hospital Tengandogo (CHU-T)
  • Health Science Research Institute (IRSS-Ouaga)
  • Teaching hospital Bogodogo (CHU-B)


  • Teaching hospital Sanou Souro (CHU-SS)
  • National Reference Hemarrogic Viral Fever Center in Centre Muraz (LNR-FHV)
  • National Influenza Reference Laboratory (LNRG)

 Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance: N/A

Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Section is currently offering appointments for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for American citizens. Please contact to request an appointment for American citizen services.

Local Resources:

Call the Burkina Faso hotline at (226) 52-19-53-94 or (226) 70-95-93-27 if you feel ill and suspect you might have COVID-19.

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