FCO Travel Advice for - Burundi

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  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 1 km of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Routes Nationales 5,9 and 10, to the provinces of Bujumbura Rural, Bubanza, Ruyigi and Cibitoke and to the Rukoko national park. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to all remaining parts of Burundi, except for Bujumbura city, to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel to the areas of Kanyosha and Kamenge only.

  • There were clashes between armed groups and national security forces after nightfall in September and October 2012 in Kagwema in Gihanga (north of Bujumbura). See Local travel

  • There is a high risk of street crime. In October 2012 an expatriate was attacked whilst withdrawing money in the centre of Bujumbura. In May 2012 there were two serious armed robberies at the homes of expatriates in Bujumbura. See Crime

  • The central market in Bujumbura was destroyed in a fire on 27 January As a result of the economic losses, an increase in petty crime is possible. Be vigilant and avoid any gatherings near the former marketplace.

  • Avoid travelling by road between 17:30 and 08:00. This is due to the security situation and road safety concerns. Take extra precautions if you are travelling in rural areas. See Local travel

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

  • There is no British Embassy in Burundi, but there is a Liaison Office in Bujumbura, which can provide advice. The Belgian Embassy is able to provide consular assistance to British nationals. Limited consular assistance is available from the British Embassy Liaison Office in emergencies. See Consular assistance

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.