Burundi Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Burundi Travel Vaccines and Advice

For those looking for changes in scenery, a sense of freedom or relaxation, look no further than travelling to Burundi. With its richly diverse flora and fauna, lakes scattered across the country and its rich cultural heritage, you will never stop adventuring. Why not take a leisurely stroll along the hills and valleys dotted with eucalyptus, striking forests and wild savannah? Or visit the banks of the Nile and participate in water activities on the legendary Lake Tanganyika? For visitors seeking nature, the Burundian parks provide wonderful views and a variety of plant and animal species. Challenge yourself to an awe-inspiring climb up Mount Heha, which reaches 2670 metres high. Although Burundi is situated just south of the equator, the climate is not unbearably hot.

A beautiful landscape in Burundi by d_proffer — africa0703-0526aUploaded by Botev, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8089754

Recommended travel vaccinations for Burundi

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Burundi

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide/DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin/SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Current Weather in Burundi


Medical Care in Burundi

Burundi is ranked among one of the East African countries with the poorest health system. This is due to a combination of factors including shortage of basic medicines, weak health information system, lack of resources, inadequate quality of care, low utilization of health services, inefficient drug supply system, and so on. The country’s main hospital is Prince Regent Charles Hospital in Bujumbura, where the quality of care is average. You can also use the Seventh Day Adventists Clinic in Bujumbura.  

To travel with peace of mind, ensure to travel with basic medicines in a travel medical kit.

There is no centralized emergency number. Make sure you have updated information on facilities close by.

Is Burundi Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime High risk
Terrorism High risk
Demonstrations High risk of violence
Road safety Caution required
Public transportation Unsafe
Border Burundi / Democratic Republic of Congo Avoid Bubanza and Cibitoke
Political tension High risk
Mandatory registration Click the link below for information
Check points High risk
Health Zika virus and Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo warning
Please click here for more information.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Burundi?

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 Burundi. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

Also note that a yellow fever immunization proof, as well as an onward ticket, are required.

Please click here for more information.

Embassy of Canada to Burundi information

When 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 Consulate to Burundi (BUJUMBURA)
Street Address:
Hôtel Club du Lac Tanganyika,
Chaussée d’Uvira, Bujumbura, Burundi

Tel.: +257 22 24 58 98

Email: [email protected]

Canadian High Commission to Kenya (NAIROBI)
Street Address:
Limuru Road, Gigiri,
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel.: 254 (20) 366-3000
Fax: 254 (20) 366-3900

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian High Commission in Kenya.

Click here to access the high commission’s website