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: June 11, 2021
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*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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 and Frequently Asked Questions.
- The Burkina Faso Ministry of Health confirmed 13,456 cases of COVID-19 and 167 related deaths in Burkina Faso.
- The Ouagadougou and Bobo airports returned to normal operations on August 1, 2020. All land borders remain closed except for commercial traffic. 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.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Burkina Faso? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- As of May 4, 2021, COVID-19 tests for travel purposes can be obtained at a cost of 25,000 CFA (approximately 45 US Dollars). 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)
- 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.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Burkina Faso approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
- Are vaccines available in Burkina Faso for U.S. citizens to receive? No
- According to Burkina Faso authorities, the government is working on the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine but has not yet approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use.
- 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 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- 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.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
Fines for Non-Compliance: N/A
- The Consular Section is currently offering appointments for American citizen services. Please see our webpage for more details, and follow the associated links to schedule an appointment online for the ACS service you require: https://bf.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.
- Routine visa operations remain suspended; however, appointments are available for certain immigrant visa and non-immigrant visa categories. For more information, please refer to our U.S. Visa and Travel FAQs for non-U.S. citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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