Burundi – Level 3: Reconsider travel C O
Reconsider travel to Burundi due to crime and armed
Violent crimes, such as grenade attacks and armed robbery, are
common. Although Westerners are less
likely to be specific targets, the risk related of “wrong time, wrong place”
remains. Local police lack the resources
to respond effectively to serious crime.
There are ongoing political tensions in Burundi, and there has
been sporadic violence throughout the country, including frequent gunfire and
grenade attacks. Police and military
checkpoints are common and can restrict freedom of movement. Police have searched the homes of private
citizens as part of larger weapons searches.
The provinces of Cibitoke and Bubanza are vulnerable to
occasional cross-border raids by armed groups from the eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), where violent clashes continue. The border may close without notice.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency
services to U.S. citizens in Burundi, and medical services in Burundi fall well
below U.S. standards. U.S. embassy
personnel are subject to restrictions when traveling in certain areas of
Burundi and may be subject to other constraints as security conditions warrant.
These restrictions include limitations
on travel outside of Bujumbura during hours of darkness (typically 6:00 p.m.to 6:00
a.m.) and advance coordination for travel to the Bujumbura neighborhoods of
Buyenzi, Bwiza, Cibitoke, Gasenyi, Kamenge, Kinama, Musaga, Mutakura, and
Read the Safety and Security section on the Country
If you decide to travel to Burundi:
Visit our website for Travel
to High-Risk Areas.
Avoid areas where there are large gatherings,
protests, or demonstrations, and exercise caution in the vicinity of any such
Remain aware of your surroundings and be
vigilant when traveling in unfamiliar areas or outside of cities and along
border areas; take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
Consider traveling in pairs and using convoys of
multiple vehicles to mitigate the threat of roadside hoodlums when traveling
outside of Bujumbura. Carry additional fuel, spare tires, and provisions.
Include a satellite phone, map, navigation equipment, and first aid kit.
Service stations are scarce in rural areas. Professional roadside assistance
service is not available outside the capital.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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Review the Crime and
Safety Report for Burundi.
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always
have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s