FCO Travel Advice for - Burkina Faso

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  • The FCO advise against all travel to the area of Burkina Faso north of the town of Boulsa.

  • There is a general threat from terrorism. This threat is increased due to the possibility of retaliatory attacks following the French intervention in Mali. There is a heightened risk that terrorist groups may cross the northern borders from Mali and Niger into Burkina Faso to carry out kidnap attacks. See Terrorism

  • Demonstrations have taken place in towns and cities across Burkina Faso since early 2012. Some have turned violent. You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

  • Most visits to Burkina Faso are trouble-free.

  • There is no British Embassy in Burkina Faso. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British High Commission in Accra, Ghana. There is an Honorary Consul in Burkina Faso, who can offer limited help.

  • You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.