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Travel Advisory: Burkina Faso – Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution)

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Exercise increased caution in Burkina Faso due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • The northern Sahel border region shared with Mali and Niger due to terrorism.

Violent crime is common and is a concern in urban areas, where foreign nationals are often targeted. 

Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere, including Ouagadougou, with little or no warning. Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, military posts, and schools.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas of the country. Due to the risk of attacks throughout the Sahel region, the U.S. Embassy has placed restrictions on official government travel to Dori and Djibo, the road that connects these cities, and all areas north of that road. Embassy personnel traveling to or staying at Parc National du W (Parc W) must arrange armed escort with Burkina Faso security forces.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Burkina Faso:

  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • U.S. citizens who choose to visit or remain in Burkina Faso should maintain situational awareness at all times, and have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Take steps to mitigate the risk of becoming a victim of violence, including limiting trips to locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. 
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and local events.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Burkina Faso.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

The Border Regions Shared with Mali and Niger

In the border regions shared by Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, terrorists and criminal networks have kidnapped Westerners.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.