Travel Advice for Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
Capital: Ouagadougou

Time Zone GMT
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 226
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Unavailable
Tourist
Information
Direction de l'Administration Touristique et Hôtelière, BP 624, Ouagadougou 01,
Burkina Faso Tel: 306 396.
Passport
Information
A valid passport is required by all. Return Ticket Required.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Take precautions as Falciparum variety present.
Yellow Fever: R. with vaccination certificate if arriving from an infected area. OTHER: Bilharzia, Rabies, Cholera, River Blindness and Sleeping Sickness.
Other Health Risks: A meningitis epidemic has affected West Africa - seek medical advice before travelling.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency CFA Franc (CFA Fr).
Visa and MasterCard have limited acceptance. Travellers cheques are accepted on a limited basis. French francs are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Burkina Faso is the sixth poorest country in the world.
Languages French with several indigenous languages.
Weather Tropical climate. Dec - Mar are the best months. Rainy season = Jun - Oct. Winds blow Nov- Feb which brings cool and dry weather.
Electricity 220/380 volts AC 50 Hz. Plugs = 2 pin.
Post Up to 2 weeks by airmail. There are few post offices. Poste Restante is available with a mail- charge for collection of letters.
Transport ROAD: Most are impassable during the raining season. Police check points often cause delay.
FLIGHTS: There are few domestic flights.
DOCUMENTATION: Temporary driving licences are available from local authorities if you present a valid national driving license.
Special
Information
Most visits to Burkina Faso are trouble free, but criminal incidents do occur and care should be taken, particularly after dark. Customs should be respected especially in traditional rural areas. Clothing can be casual and should be appropriate for the hot weather.