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: October 16, 2020

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Country-Specific Information:

  • The Burkina Faso Ministry of Health confirmed 2477 cases of COVID-19 and 67 related deaths in Burkina Faso.
  • The Government of Burkina Faso announced the Ouagadougou and Bobo airports will return to normal operations on August 1st, 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, the provinces of Kossi and Sourou in Boucle de Mouhoun, the province of Kenedougou in Hauts Bassins, the province of Louroum in the North, and the province of Koulpelogo in the Center-East region).
  • Effective Monday, 27 April 2020, the wearing of face masks will be 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

American citizens are currently permitted to enter Burkina Faso. Upon arrival in Ouagadougou, travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR (nasal swab) test after disembarking.  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.

Movement Restrictions:

There is currently no curfew in place in Burkina Faso. There are no restrictions on intercity or interstate travel.

Quarantine Information:

American citizens that 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 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:

Commercial flights and public transportation are currently operational.

Fines for Non-Compliance:


Consular Operations:

The Consular Section is closed for routine services due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Consular Section will offer emergency appointments for urgent matters concerning American citizens. Please contact to request an appointment for emergency American citizen services.

Visa operations remain suspended. For more information, please refer to our U.S. Visa and Travel FAQs for non-U.S. citizens following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.