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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Capital: Ouagadougou

Population: 19.19 million

Official language: French

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Burkina Faso: Travel Health Information

Burkina Faso is known for its cultural heritage sites, nature reserves, and landscapes, such as the Sindou Peaks in Banfora. However, due to ongoing unrest in the country, non-essential travel to the country is not advised. Check with your embassy for additional information.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Burkina Faso may differ from your home country. The quality of care in Burkina Faso typically does not meet international standards. Hospitals and medical facilities are extremely limited, especially outside of Ouagadougou. The country frequently experiences shortages of medical supplies, essential medicines, and health professionals. Emergency response services, such as ambulances, are limited and in some areas, nonexistent.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Burkina Faso typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation will be required for serious medical emergencies, with Western Europe as a frequent destination. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Burkina Faso.

Pharmacies and medications

Some pharmacies may be accessible in Burkina Faso, however, medicines and supplies may be under-stocked and limited. Travellers should pack a sufficient supply of essential medicines for the duration of their trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Burkina Faso’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Burkina Faso’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Burkina Faso are generally in bad condition. Many roads are unpaved, especially in rural areas. Vehicles can be in poor condition and are frequently overloaded. Road rules are not strictly enforced and traffic collisions are common.



Burkina Faso: At a glance

Capital: Ouagadougou

Population: 19.19 million

Official language: French

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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