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Burundi is one of the smallest countries. But, it is also one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. The capital is Bujumbura and the whole country is so compact that nearly all of it is accessible by road.
There is a wide range of geographical features in Burundi including riverbeds, mountains and plateaus. The plateaus are home to cultivate farms and other agriculture such as coffee and tea.
Due to civil unrest after a failed coup in 2015, Burundi can be a dangerous place to travel (see How Safe is Burundi?).
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Burundi. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Burundi:
Zika virus is a risk in Burundi. The virus can cause severe birth defects. Pregnant women are highly advised not to travel to Burundi.
Medical facilities are limited throughout the country. Hospital Bumeric in the capital provides emergency care.
Medicare and most insurance companies do not cover costs overseas. Money must be presented before treatment is performed.
For more see our vaccinations page. Or, make an appointment with your local Travel Medicine Specialist. To book your appointment at one of our 250+ locations call or book online now.
Cholera is a food- and water-borne disease found throughout Africa. It is prevalent and a risk for travelers to Burundi. Health agencies recommend all travelers get a cholera vaccine before traveling to the country.
Passport Health clinics carry Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Make sure you’re protected before you go.
To travel to Burundi you must have your passport, tourist visa and a yellow card with proof of yellow fever immunization.
A tourist visa is required to enter Burundi and must be acquired before the trip.
All non-Burundian residents of one year or more must register their presence at the main office of the Migration Police Police de l’Air, des Frontiereset des Etrangers (PAFE) in Bujumbura. Contact the PAFE office at +257 22 25 79 00 for more information.
For more information, see our Burundi visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Burundi has an equatorial climate with the average temperature varying by region:
There are four seasons in Burundi: the long dry season (June–August), the short wet season (September–November), the short dry season (December–January), and the long wet season (February–May).
Due to the unstable political climate since 2015, security is unpredictable in Burundi.
Violent crimes continue to occur throughout the country, but are mostly concentrated in Bujumbura. These crimes include: grenade attacks, political assassinations, armed clashes between protesters and security and extrajudicial killings.
Police are authorized to conduct home and car searches, but must present identification and a warrant. There are also police checkpoints throughout the country.
Harassment and physical violence has been reported, especially near the Burundi-Rwandan border.
Power outages are a frequent and may affect access to safe drinking water.
It is also illegal to take photographs of government buildings, airports and border patrols are prohibited.
Do not take photographs of Burundians without their permission.
In 2009, the Burundian government criminalized homosexuality.
Burundi is home to three national parks: Kibira, Rusizi and Ruvubu.
Kibira is located in northwestern Burundi and is a forest-region ideal for birdwatching.
Rusizi is on the Rusizi River and is home to many hippos and an infamous man-eating alligator named Gustave.
Ruvubu is the largest national park is is located in northeastern Burundi. Founded in 1980, it’s a space meant to help preserve wildlife. There are no human inhabitants.
These national parks provide a place to birdwatch and see a variety of local wildlife such as hippos and reptiles.
If you’re planning to go to a national park, remember to bring bug spray and boots to prevent bug bites and wear long sleeves to protect yourself from long grass.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Burundi:
All Americans visiting Burundi should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
U.S. Embassy Bujumbura
Avenue Des Etats-Unis
Telephone: +(257) 22-20-7000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(257) 79-938-841
Fax: +(257) 22-24-3467
Visit the Embassy to Burundi website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
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