Stay Safe & Healthy

WARNING: The situation in Burundi remains dangerous. It is strongly recommended not to travel to Burundi at this time. If already in Burundi, it is recommended that you leave immediately. Incidents of political violence continue in Burundi. Attacks by armed groups are highly frequent. The situation has deteriorated very severely ever since the country's contested elections, an attempted coup, and the current president expressing interest in running for a third term. Violent crime is also very high risk in Burundi, especially after dark. Armed robbers ambush vehicles on roads heading to places outside of Burundi, therefore keep all of your windows and doors locked. Demonstrations meant to be peaceful can turn violent very quickly. If the conflict worsens further, it might escalate into an all out civil war. Therefore, traveling to Burundi is strongly discouraged by most Western governments at this time.

Stay safe / healthy

Stay safe

Although some semblance of normality has returned to much of the country with the conclusion of the nation's democratic transition and a democratically chosen head of state in Aug 2005, travellers should be warned that there is still significant insecurity throughout the country and exercise extreme caution. Besides the still-active rebel group, the Forces Nationales de la Libération (FNL) that continues to attack government forces and civilians, threats posed by banditry and armed robbery, as well as petty crimes, remain. Visitors should exercise caution, avoid travelling after dark, and be aware of curfew laws. Many roads close at night, and most embassies put out curfews on their staff. As in any other conflict or post-conflict situation, visitors should consult their embassy to be apprised of the latest local developments, and be sensitive to the changing security environment.

Stay healthy

Be careful of kiosk foods and avoid unboiled water. Also ensure you have been vaccinated.

As in many other African countries, HIV infection is widespread. One source [www] suggests 18.6% in the cities and 7.5% in the countryside as of 2002.


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Burundi - Travel guide