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Burundi is a developing nation classified as low income. Located in central Africa (east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and west of Tanzania), the climate is classified as humid equatorial (long dry season), with cooler temperatures in some high-altitude areas.
See also: Library article for Yellow Fever
- Requirement: A certificate proving yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers aged ≥ 9 months.
- Official Status: listed by WHO as a country where YF transmission risk is present.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, typhoid fever, or a one time polio booster if you haven't previously received one for travel. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)(2020) Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
- Recommended prevention: C – Risk of P. falciparum malaria, in combination with reported chloroquine and sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine resistance. Mosquito bite prevention plus atovaquone–proguanil or doxycycline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis (select according to reported side effects and contraindications) a
aAlternatively, for travel to rural areas with low risk of malaria infection, mosquito bite prevention can be combined with stand–by emergency treatment (SBET).
WHO Country List footnote: When available, the date of the most recent update or confirmation is indicated in parentheses in the country list. If no date is indicated, the most recent update or confirmation was provided before 2013.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: All.
- Drug resistance3 : Chloroquine.
- Malaria species: P. falciparum 86%, P. malariae, P. ovale, and P. vivax 14% combined.
- Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, or tafenoquine.4
3 Refers to P. falciparum malaria unless otherwise noted.
4 Primaquine and tafenoquine can cause hemolytic anemia in people with G6PD deficiency. Patients must be screened for G6PD deficiency before starting primaquine or tafenoquine. See Tafenoquine Approved for Malaria Prophylaxis and Treatment for more information.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
High risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Community sanitation and food safety measures are generally inadequate. Some itineraries (e.g., remote destinations, austere accommodations) and activities (e.g., ecotourism, eating street or local-market food) further increase risk.
Travelers should observe food and beverage precautions, which reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
The material below includes information from the US Department of State (DOS), the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
Consular Travel Advice
Due to crime, health, and political violence, US (DOS) advises avoiding all travel to the former Central Market located on Chaussee Prince Louis Rwagasore, Kibira National Park, and Cibitoke and Bubanza provinces. The US (DOS) also advises reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) to the rest of the country. UK (FCO), Canada (GAC), and Australia (DFAT) have more limited warnings.
Risk of attack by transnational terrorist groups exists throughout the country. Targets may include domestic and international organizations and businesses; public places and events, including those frequented by tourists; and transportation systems.
High risk of violent crime (armed robbery, home robbery, carjacking, assault, and murder) exists throughout the country (especially after dark), particularly on roads near Lake Tanganyika and on roads leading out of Bujumbura.
High risk of petty crime exists throughout the country.
Protests and demonstrations frequently occur throughout the country, especially in Bujumbura, and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities. Disruption to transportation, free movement, or the ability to carry out daily activities may occur.
Armed conflict occurs in areas bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A dangerous security environment exists throughout the country.
Significant risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road traffic death rate is more than 24 per 100,000 population, the highest risk category. Carefully assess the safety of transportation options before any road travel.
Speed laws are poorly enforced.
Drunk driving laws are poorly enforced.
Structural standards for vehicles may not meet international standards.
The rainy season is from February through May. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.
Seismic activity occurs.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Burundi
- United States: [+257] 22-20-7000; bi.usembassy.gov
- Canada: [+257] 22-24-58-98; travel.gc.ca/assistance/embassies-consulates/burundi
- United Kingdom: [+257] 22-24-64-78; www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-liaison-office-bujumbura
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Burundi.
Burundi's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: www.burundiembassydc-usa.org
- In Canada: ambassadeduburundi.ca
- In the U.K.: www.burundiembassy.org.uk
- In Australia: Burundi does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.