Burkina Faso Visa

Burkina Faso Visa

Burkina Faso Visa

Burkina Faso Visa Information:

Burkina Faso, also known by its short-form name Burkina, is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d’Ivoire to the south west.  

Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on August 4, 1984, by President Thomas Sankara to mean “the land of upright people” in Moré and Dioula, the major native languages of the country. Literally, “Burkina” may be translated, “men of integrity,” from the Moré language, and “Faso” means “father’s house” in Dioula.  Independence from France came in 1960. Governmental instability during the 1970s and 1980s was followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Several hundred thousand farm workers migrate south every year to Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in search of paid labour. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabé  

To make your trip easier and enjoyable, please take time to read the following information. 

The following documents are required for a visa:

  • a valid passport;

  • two (2) complete application forms available at the Embassy front desk or on the web site;

  • two (2) passport-size photos;

  • $100 up to 6 months multiple entries;

  • $150 one year multiple entries;

Payable in money order or company check only; Yellow fever certificate;

  • prepaid return self-addressed envelop with a tracking number;

– US citizen are eligible for up to 5 years multiple entries visa; fee $ 100

– Please note, paid fees are non refundable

Other useful requirements    Note that visa applications are received every business day at  the Embassy front Desk from

09:30 AM to 01:00PM except for rush

  • the visa is valid ranges from 6 months to five years. Any visa extension must be arranged by the General Police Headquarters in Ouagadougou.

  • Requests are processed within 72 business hours, in the event of emergency, the processing time may be reduced to 24 hours provided the payment rush fee: $ 50/per visa.

  • Carefully complete the application forms. Any missing or incomplete information may delay your visa issuance.

  • Vaccinations: inoculation against yellow fever is required. A cholera shot is recommended and may be compulsory in the event of an outbreak.

upon arrival in Burkina Faso:

  • Be aware that photographing airports, military barracks and the vicinity of government offices is a violation of law.  

  • The national currency is the CFA franc, common to Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. The CFA franc is fix rated to the euro 655.95 CFA= 1 Euro.  

  • Transportation: in Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Banfora and Koudougou, taxis and car rental are available at reasonable fares;  

  • Accommodations:  hotels, inns, motels and camps of all price range are available in all cities, and in tourist and safari areas.

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