Burkina Faso Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
February 14, 2019

Burkina Faso - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

O K E N H U T C

Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • The Sahel Region due to crime and terrorism.
  • The East Region due to crime and terrorism.
  • The Provinces of Koulpelogo, Loroum, Yatenga, Sourou, Kossi, Banwa, Kenedougou, or within 50km of the Mali border in Houet Province due to crime and terrorism.
  • To see a map of these regions, click HERE.

Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks and kidnappings in Burkina Faso, and may conduct attacks anywhere with no warning. Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, areas at or near mining sites, military posts, and schools.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas of the country.  Due to the risk of attacks throughout Burkina Faso, the U.S. Embassy restricts official government travel to Ouagadougou’s Arrondissement 11, the Sahel and East regions, as well as the following provinces: Koulpelogo, Loroum, Yatenga, Sourou, Kossi, Banwa, Kenedougou and the area within 50km of the Mali border, in the province of Houet.  

In December 2018, the Government of Burkina Faso declared a six-month state of emergency in the entire East and Sahel regions, the provinces of Kossi and Sourou in the Boucle de Mouhoun region, the province of Kenedougou in the Hauts Bassins region, the province of Loroum in the North region, and the province of Koulpelogo in the Center-East region.

Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page

If you decide to travel to Burkina Faso:

  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Take steps to mitigate the risk of becoming a victim of violence, including limiting trips to locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. 
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and local events.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Burkina Faso.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

The Sahel Region

Due to the risk of attacks throughout the Sahel region, the U.S. Embassy has prohibited personal travel to, and placed restrictions on official government travel to the entire Sahel region.

The East Region

The U.S. Embassy has prohibited personal travel to, and placed restrictions on official government travel to the East region.

Centre Est Region

The U.S. Embassy has prohibited personal travel to, and placed restrictions on official government travel to the following province: Koulpelogo.

The Western Border Areas

The U.S. Embassy has prohibited personal travel to, and placed restrictions on official government travel to the following provinces: Koulpelogo, Loroum, Yatenga, Sourou, Kossi, Banwa, Kenedougou and the area within 50km of the Mali border, in the province of Houet.

Ouagadougou

Due to the potential for security operations in the Karpala, Balkiui and Rayongo (also known as Dayongo) neighborhoods of Ouagadougou’s Arrondissement 11, the U.S. Embassy prohibits personal travel to these neighborhoods.

  • To see a map of these regions, click HERE.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to security information, the State of Emergency, and restrictions to official government travel.

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou
Secteur 53, Ouaga 2000
Avenue Sembène Ousmane, Rue 15.873
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Telephone
+(226) 25-49-53-00
Emergency
+(226) 25-49-53-00
Fax
(226) 25-49-56-23

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