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:   12/3/2021

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information.

Laboratoire Bio2000 in Ouagadougou has COVID-19 testing results available within 24 hours.

Address:
Laboratoire Bio2000
475 Avenue Bila Charles Kabore, Ouagadougou

Phone:  +226 01 01 01 33

Hours of operation:

7am-7pm weekdays (Monday -Friday)
7am-2pm (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays)
Appointments are not accepted. Testing is on a first-come-first-served basis only.

Turnaround time: 24 hrs.
Cost: 25,000 CFA (about $45 USD)

Country-Specific Information:

The Burkina Faso Ministry of Health confirmed 14,793 cases of COVID-19 and 214 related deaths in Burkina Faso as of November 2, 2021.

The Ouagadougou and Bobo airports returned to normal operations on August 1, 2020.  All land borders opened for routine traffic on December 1.  For details on possible pre-departure requirements related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including 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 restrictions (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.

COVID-19 Testing

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Burkina Faso? Yes

If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes 

Laboratoire Bio2000 in Ouagadougou has COVID-19 testing results available within 24 hours.

As of December 21, 2020, COVID-19 tests for travel purposes can be obtained at a cost of 25,000 CFA (approximately $45 USD).  All centers performing COVID-19 diagnostic are contracted by the government.  Testing sites include:

Ouagadougou

Yalgodo Ouedraogo 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)

The International Airport of Ouagadougou

Laboratoire Bio 2000 – this is a private laboratory located in Ouaga 2000

Bobo-Dioulasso

Teaching Hospital Sanou Souro (CHU-SS)

National Reference Hemarrogic Viral Fever Center in Centre Muraz (LNR-FHV)

National Influenza Reference Laboratory (LNRG)

Travelers can receive a link by SMS to download and print the COVID-19 test results.  Hard copies are also available for those unable to download and print a hard copy of the test results.  Non-travelers are required to pick up a hard copy of results at the testing facility.

There are limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S.-bound travelers present a negative COVID test. Please see here for more information on these exemptions.

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email OuagaNIV@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Has the government of Burkina Faso approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes

Are vaccines available in Burkina Faso for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes

As of June 2, 2021, the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is available to the public.  COVID-19 vaccines are free of cost at vaccination sites during walk-in hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The list of vaccination sites is available at the Regional Health Direction of Central Region in Ouagadougou.  After receiving the first dose, individuals are registered in a platform to receive a reminder message for a second dose.

Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

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 three 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 25,000 CFA (approximately $45 USD) 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 three days of their flight’s departure in order 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.

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 American citizen services.  Please refer to our webpage for more details and follow the associated links to schedule an appointment online for the ACS service you require.

Routine visa operations have resumed as of October 26, 2021.  Please visit the Immigrant Visa page for more information.  You may also refer to our U.S. Visa and Travel FAQs for non-U.S. citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest on travel to the U.S. and vaccination requirements on the travel.state.gov page for Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel.

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.

Other links:

COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov

CDC page on COVID-19

Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory Information