Emergency Financial Assistance

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou can provide a number of services to U.S. citizens who find themselves in emergency situations.

We can assist American citizens who find themselves temporarily destitute by contacting family, friends, or business associates to raise private funds and transmit these to Burkina Faso.

We can assist Americans who become physically or mentally ill while traveling by finding medical facilities or arranging emergency travel.

We can assist American parents in cases of international child abduction and custody disputes.

While we cannot get Americans released from jail, when we are informed of the arrest of an American citizen, we will insist on prompt access, provide a list of attorneys, provide information on the local legal system, offer to contact family or friends, visit on a regular basis, protest mistreatment and, if necessary, provide dietary supplements. For additional information, please see our handout An Arrest in Burkina Faso (PDF – 695 KB).

If an American passes away in Burkina Faso, we stand ready to assist the family in whatever way we can. For specific information on the disposition of remains in Burkina Faso, visit the Death of a U.S. Citizen in Burkina Faso page.