Travel Advice for Burundi
Burundi
Capital: Bujumbura

Time Zone GMT + 2
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 257
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 90
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All travellers are advised to consult the foreign office in their country of residence regarding emergency assistance.
Tourist
Information
Office National du Tourisme; BP902; 2 ave des Euphorbes; Bujumbura; Burundi
Tel: (2) 24208 or 22202 22023 Fax: (2) 29390.
Passport
Information
A valid passport is required by all. Return ticket required. Regulations may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the Embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all. Tourist and Business. Passengers arriving at Bujumbura airport will be issued entry stamps, providing they have previously informed their travel agency of their passport number and identity.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Take precautions as Falciparum variety exists of which resistance to chloroquine has been reported. The recommended prophylactic is mefloquine.
Yellow Fever: Strongly recommended. If arriving from an endemic area a vaccination certificate will be required. Proof of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Bilharzia, Rabies, Meningitis present.
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 Burundi Franc (BIF) = 100 centimes.
Unlimited import of foreign currency, subject to declaration, export limited to amount declared on import. Import and Export of local currency is limited to BIF 2000.
Limited acceptance of MasterCard and Diners Club. Travellers cheques are not currently accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Due to the coup of 1996 the country's economy has been all but wiped out.
Languages French and Kirundi, Kiswahili is also spoken.
Weather The climate is mostly mild and pleasant, although a hot equatorial climate is found near lake Tanganyika and in the Ruzizi river plain.
Electricity 220 Volts 50 Hz.
Post There is a main post office in Bujumbura. Delivery times uncertain.
Transport FLIGHTS: There are no regular internal flights.
ROADS: Most are sealed but often impassable during the raining season.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
Special
Information
NOTE: EXTREME RISK. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to Burundi. If you travel despite this advice you will find people outside the cities may not be used to visitors. Therefore respect should be shown for local traditions. Dress should be conservative. Risk of armed attack and violence everywhere except the city centre where mugging is a hazard.