Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso travel information, Burkina Faso travel guide and need to know information including flight Information, when to go, visa requirements, health advice, government travel advice, travel news, recommended books and maps, money matters, getting around and other essential travel information for Burkina Faso.

Map of Burkina Faso

Events in Burkina Faso

Event Occurs Description
Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou February Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou.
National Culture Week of Burkina Faso Approx May National Culture Week was established to promote Burkinabé culture in Burkina Faso.

Plugs and Electric in Burkina Faso

Electricity

Voltage

220 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Two round pin attachment plug or Round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin.

Flights in Burkina Faso

Domestic flights operate between Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso.

Air Burkina flights in Burkina Faso

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Air Burkina runs flights between Bobo Dioulasso and Ouagadougou.

Flights from UK to Burkina Faso

International flights arrive at Ougadougou International Airport.

Air France flights from United Kingdom to Burkina Faso

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Air France operate daily flights from London via Paris to Ouagadougou, flying time approximately 8 hours, depending on connections.

Burkina Faso Culture and Tradition

Women dressing promiscuously (shorts, short skirts, tank tops,very tight clothes) will almost always be seen as offensive. Also avoid giving money, eating or shaking hands with your left hand. Always use the right.

Weather in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has a primarily tropical climate with two very distinct seasons. In the rainy season, the country receives between 600 and 900 millimeters (24-35 inches) of rainfall, and in the dry season, the harmattan, a hot dry wind from the Sahara, blows. The rainy season lasts approximately four months, May/June to September, and is shorter in the north of the country. Three climatic zones can be defined: the Sahel, the Sudan-Sahel, and the Sudan-Guinea. The Sahel in the north typically receives less than 600 millimeters (24 inches) of rainfall per year and has high temperatures, 5–47 °C (40–115 °F). A relatively dry tropical savanna, the Sahel extends beyond the borders of Burkina Faso, from the Horn of Africa to the Atlantic Ocean, and borders the Sahara to its north and the fertile region of the Sudan to the South. Situated between 11°3′ and 13°5′ north latitude, the Sudan-Sahel region is a transitional zone with regards to rainfall and temperature. Further to the south, the Sudan-Guinea zone receives more than 900 millimeters (35 inches) of rain each year and has cooler average temperatures.

Seasonality

The best time to visit the country is between the months of November to February.

Best Time to Visit Burkina Faso

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Burkina Faso

Local Currency

CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF)

General Advice

Notes are available in 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1. The West African CFA can be used in several other West African Countries, it is not compatible with the Central African CFA and is directly linked to the French Franc.

Money Exchange

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, the easiest currency to change is the Euro.

ATM Availability

ATM machines are not widely available and should not be relied on – withdrawal fees can be very high. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, theMasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards are only accepted in larger establishments and should not be relied on.

Entry Requirements for Burkina Faso

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
Canada A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
Denmark A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
Ireland A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
Netherlands A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
New Zealand A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
South Africa A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
United States A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.
United Kingdom A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. Visa will take 10 working days to issue and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. YOU WILL NEED: Three application forms, three passport size photographs, guarantee letter and your passport to apply.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

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