Travel to Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: arrival and transport

How do you get to Burkina Faso?

Airplane There are

direct flights from Europe from Paris and Istanbul to Ougadougou. Another international airport in the country is located at Bobo Dioulasso.


The only international railway line runs from Ouagadougou via Bobo Dioulasso to Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire.

Car and bus

roads lead to Côte d’Ivoire as well as to Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo, but they are not in very good condition. In the dry season there are regular bus connections between Bobo Dioulasso and Bamako in Mali and between Ouagadougou and Niamey and Abidjan in Niger.

Travel in the country

Flight connections

The domestic flight network connects all major cities, the flights mostly depart from Borgo Airport near Bobo Dioulasso.


The country’s network of routes covers around 600 km, with regular train connections between Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso.


During the dry season there is a regular bus service between all cities in the country.


There are around 2,000 km of paved roads in the country. However, these are not in good condition and mostly impassable during the rainy season.


cars An international driver’s license is recommended for rental cars.

Traffic rules

Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain more detailed information from ADAC, AvD or the Burkina Faso traffic club.

Top speeds

  • Urban: In built-up areas there is a speed limit of 40/50 km/h.
  • Country roads: There is a speed limit of 80/90 km/h on country roads.

There are regional differences in speed limits.

Alcohol limit

In Burkina Faso there is no official alcohol limit for motorists, as there are no possibilities to measure alcohol in the country, but there is a general ban on alcohol while driving.

International license plate

Burkina Faso’s international license plate is:


Burkina Faso: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

German, Austrian and Swiss nationals need a visa to enter Burkina Faso, a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the duration of the stay, and a return or onward ticket.

Issuing of visas in Germany

Visa department of the Embassy of Burkina Faso

Karolingerplatz 10-11

14052 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 30 10 599-0

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 30 10 599-20

Email: Embassy_Burkina_Faso @

Import and export of foreign currency

  • Local currencyThere is no limit to the importation of local currency, but a declaration is required. The export is limited to the amount declared upon entry.
  • Foreign currenciesThe import of foreign currencies is permitted without restriction, but there is an obligation to declare. The export is limited to the amount declared upon entry.

Departure fee

There is no fee for leaving Burkina Faso.

Importing and exporting goods

The following articles may be imported duty-free into Burkina Faso by persons over 15 years of age:

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos, 25 cigars or 250 g tobacco,

1 liter of spirits or 1 liter of wine as well as

500 ml eau de toilette and 250 ml perfume.

Everyday items can be introduced without any problems. A special permit is required for the import of hunting weapons.

Burkina Faso: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

The following infectious diseases are to be expected in Burkina Faso, which do not or rarely occur in Germany, Austria or Switzerland:

  • Malaria: There is a high risk of malaria in the country nationwide, including cities, all year round. About 80-90% of infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Bacterial agitation
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Cholera – but there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • dengue fever
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation, as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Filariasis
  • Typhus
  • Yellow fever
  • Guinea worm
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Kala-Azar
  • Polio, polio
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Sleeping sickness
  • rabies
  • tetanus
  • Typhoid – however, there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • Bird flu (N1H5)
  • Tick bite fever

Vaccination recommendations

  • Cholera – but only among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • Diphtheria – a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Yellow fever
  • Guinea worm infection
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japan encephalitis
  • Polio, polio – vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Tetanus – a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Typhoid – but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Compulsory vaccination

When entering and staying in Burkina Faso, all persons who are older than one year and come from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO are required to be vaccinated against yellow fever. Since Burkina Faso is one of the WHO yellow fever infection areas, vaccination against yellow fever is always urgently recommended.

Yellow fever vaccination of children

In most of the countries where a yellow fever vaccination is required, this also applies to children over one year of age, and in some countries even from six months. It should be noted that vaccination against yellow fever had a number of side effects, such as encephalitis. Around two-thirds of those affected were children under six months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling to the country it is strongly advised to get oneTo undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most people in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007. There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge. Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis. As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Current warnings

Foreign Office (AA) of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Burkina Faso: Currency, Shopping, and Exchange Rate

The national currency of Burkina Faso is the CFA franc

1 CFA franc = 100 centimes.

Burkina Faso is part of the West African Economic and Monetary Union. The ISO 4217 code of the Franc CFA here is XOF. The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:

  • 10,000,
  • 5,000,
  • 2,000
  • 1,000 and
  • 500 XOF

The CFA franc (Communanté Financiére Africaine) is the currency in 14 African countries that were usually French colonies in the past: Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Chad, Central African Republic, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoite, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. It is tied to the euro.

Exchange rate

The exchange rate of the euro and the CFA franc is always the same as the CFA franc is pegged to the euro (it was pegged to the franc before the euro was introduced). For countries that belong to the West African Economic and Monetary Union, the exchange rate is:

1 Euro (€) = 655.957 CFA francs (XOF)

Bank opening hours

Banks in Burkina Faso are open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Shop opening times

The shops in Burkina Faso are open Mondays to Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and sometimes also on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Inexpensive or country-specific goods, souvenirs

In Burkina Faso , tourists like to buy wooden sculptures and masks, bronze work, leather goods, jewelry, hand-woven blankets and fabrics, and other handicrafts.

Burkina Faso: Embassies, consulates and tourist office

Representations of Burkina Faso in Germany

The building of the Embassy of Burkina Faso is located in a very representative villa on Karolinger Platz in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. One can reach the embassy with the underground line 2 via the underground station “Theodor-Heuss-Platz”. From there it is a few 100 m to the embassy via Pommernallee. The underground line runs between “Pankow” and “Ruhleben”

Embassy of Burkina Faso in Berlin

Karolingerplatz 10-11

14052 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 3010 5990

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 3010 59920



Region Contact
Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg Honorary Consulate of Burkina Faso in Bad Malente Ringstrasse 1

23714 Bad Malente

Tel: 0049 – (0) 4523 – 202 892

Fax: 0049 – (0) 4523 – 953 500

Lower Saxony Honorary Consulate of Burkina Faso in HanoverFuhrberger Straße 4-5

30625 Hanover

Tel: 0049 – (0) 511 – 5357 5460

Fax: 0049 – (0) 511 – 5357 5466


Rhineland-Palatinate Honorary Consulate of Burkina Faso in MainzKaiserstraße 76-78

55116 Mainz

Tel: 0049 – (0) 6131 – 229 536


Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Honorary Consulate of Burkina Faso in PotsdamFriedrich-Ebert-Straße 57

14467 Potsdam

Tel: 0049 – (0) 175 – 575 5075


Embassy of Burkina Faso in Berlin © goruma (Dr Ramm)

German representations in Burkina Faso

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ouagadougou

399, Avenue Mogho Naba Koom 1

Ouagadougou 01


Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne

01 BP 600

Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso

Tel: 00226 – (0) 50 – 306 731

00226 – (0) 50 – 306 732

Fax: 00226 – (0) 50 – 313 991


Austrian representations in Burkina Faso


The Federal Republic of Austria has no representation in Burkina Faso. The embassy in Senegal is responsible

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Austria in Senegal

18, rue Emile Zola



BP 3247


Tel: 00221 – (0) 33 – 849 4000

Fax: 00221 – (0) 33 – 849 4370


Die The Austrian embassy in Senegal is still responsible for:

  • Ivory Coast
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Cape Verde
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Sierra Leone

Representations of Burkina Faso in Austria

Embassy of Burkina Faso in Vienna

Strohgasse 14c

1030 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 503 8264

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 503 8264 20



Region Contact
Vienna, Burgenland, Styria, Carinthia, SalzburgUpper Austria, Vorarlberg Honorary Consulate General of Burkina Faso in Vienna Mittelgasse 16, PF 19

1062 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 597 8301

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 597 8301 89


Lower Austria Honorary Consulate of Burkina Faso in St. Pölten Tel: 0043 – (0) 2236 – 7109 8411

Fax: 0043 – (0) 2236 – 7109 8414


Swiss representation in Burkina Faso


Switzerland does not have an embassy in Burkina Faso. The embassy in Ivory Coast is responsible.

Embassy, Ambassade de Suisse in Ivory Coast

Immeuble Botreau Roussel

28, avenue Delafosse


Ivory Coast


Ambassade de Suisse

01 BP 1914

Abidjan 01

Côte d’Ivoire

Tel: 00225 – 2021 1721

Fax: 00225 – 2021 2770

Email: abi.vertretung @

The Swiss embassy in Ivory Coast is still responsible for:

    • Guinea
    • Liberia
    • Sierra Leone

Representations of Burkina Faso in Switzerland

Embassy of Burkina Faso in Geneva

Avenue Blanc 51-53

1202 Geneva

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 734 6330

Fax: 0041 – (0) 22 – 734 6331


Consulate of Burkina Faso in Zurich

Albisriederstrasse 416

8047 Zurich

Tel: 0041 – (0) 44 – 350 5570

Fax: 0041 – (0) 44 – 350 5571


Tourist office

Tourist office of the Espace Entente

(Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Togo)

Tempelhofer Weg 2

12099 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 6830 2193

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 685 7405

Email: berlin.

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