Burkina Faso Travel Vaccines and Advice
Both the incredible hospitality of its residents and its exceptional culture make Burkina Faso well worth a visit. Located in the heart of the Sahel, this land may house kilometres of arid lands, but still offers plenty of experiences for visitors. Ever been tempted by riding a camel throughout the desert? Look no further than Burkina Faso – a country where surprises wait for you at every corner. Take a stroll through colourful plains and sandstone massif with large cliffs, marvelling at the striking landscape. Be enticed by tradition and culture in local African villages, and experience the joy of the local inhabitants.
Recommended travel vaccinations for Burkina Faso
|Traveler’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids (blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)|
|Yellow Fever||Mosquito bites|
|MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)||Various ways of transmission|
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Burkina Faso
|Azithromycin/Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
|Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine||Recommended anti-malaria medication|
Current Weather in Burkina Faso
Medical Care in Burkina Faso
The Burkina Faso health care system constitutes both public and private hospitals. However, access to basic health care is problematic due to lack of facilities and medicines. Access to medicines is very limited and it should be noted that many local pharmacists do not hold a license to practice.
In order to minimize the use of these services, ensure to carry a pharmacy kit with you to Burkina Faso. Be aware that you may find it challenging to receive emergency treatment in the event of a serious illness or accident, as services are poorly equipped and response times are slow. This is particularly true of rural areas.
In order to call for an ambulance, dial 112.
Is Burkina Faso Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Demonstrations||Risk of violence|
|Road safety||Hazardous driving; Narrow roads|
|Public transportation||Not recommended|
|Northern areas/Border regions||Avoid all travel|
|Health||Zika virus and dengue fever warning|
|Risk level||AVOID NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Burkina Faso?Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country. Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Burkina Faso. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is also required. Please click here for more information.
Embassy of Canada to Burkina Faso informationWhen travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian Embassy to Burkina Faso (OUGADOUGOU)
316 Professeur Ki-Zerbo Street,
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Tel.: +226 25 49 08 00 or +226 25 31 18 94
Fax: +226 25 49 08 10 or +226 25 31 19 00