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Getting In and Around
: You can obtain visas for entry into Burkina Faso before your trip at the nearest embassy or consulate or when you arrive in Burkina Faso. Visas obtained at the border are usually for shorter duration than visas obtained in advance. Visit the website for Burkina Faso’s embassy in Washington, D.C., for complete visa requirements and details
: The most common and easiest way to get around Burkina Faso is by car. It is possible to hire a car with a driver in Ouagadougou, but that can be quite pricey. If you choose this route, we’d recommend a four-by-four to handle Burkina's rocky roads.
The best way to get around most cities and towns is by taxi. Taxis are inexpensive, but the fare should be negotiated before you begin your ride.
uses offer an economical way to travel between cities and towns and across Burkina’s borders with neighboring countries. The roads in Burkina are not in the best condition, but most major roads are at least paved. Buses are not air-conditioned and can get crowded, so don’t expect a comfortable journey.
Minibuses known as taxi-brousses
, or bush taxis, are also common for shorter journeys. Fares are low and set. It’s not the most comfortable way to travel but is certainly one of the most interesting.
Most international flights arrive in and depart from Ouagadougou Airport, in the center of Burkina’s capital. Burkina Faso’s own airline, Air Burkina, operates service to several African destinations and Paris, France.
: Even if you have an international plan on your mobile phone, making local calls or calls back home can be very expensive. If you plan on needing or using a phone while traveling, we’d recommend buying a SIM card or a prepaid mobile and adding minutes as needed.
Safety and Security
Burkina Faso is one of the safest tourist destinations in West Africa, and despite the country’s poverty the people are welcoming and friendly. It is nonetheless important to use common sense and keep valuable belongings safe in crowded areas or when you’re using public forms of transportation. Check out the U.S. Department of State’s consular website for current travel advisories
for Burkina Faso.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created a security ratings system called the Ibrahim Index
, according to scores based on each country’s quality of government. Before traveling to Burkina Faso, or anywhere on the continent, check the index and do your research.