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I visited the Burundi Embassy in Kigali today in an attempt to pickup either a transit or tourist visa. While previous Thorntree posters have described the process, at least for transit visas, as quick and easy. It appears that that has changed. The woman at the front desk said that they changed the policy earlier this year and now even the transit visa takes two weeks to process. It is no longer possible to make arrangements on the same day or even within a couple of days.

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Hey TT crew,

In March I want to travel overland from Kigali to either northern Burundi (Kirundo and nearby lakes) or perhaps all the way to Bujumbura. Has anyone crossed this border in the past 6 months and comment on safety? Ease of border crossing (I'm a US Citizen)? Recommended things to do? I just came back from the Eastern DRC which also is dubbed "avoid all but essential travel" yet I found it quite safe, so I'm basically looking to confirm if any others found the travel danger to be…

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A friend of mine was wondering if Visa card and maters can be used while in Burundi. Yes, with your visa Card or Master card you withdraw money in most ITM machines in Bujumbura capital city.
Thanks,
Josias Ogden

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Hello dear travelers,

does anybody know if I can get a visa at the Rwanda-Burundi border? I've European passport.
How long would it be valid and how much does it cost?

Or could I get a Burundi visa at the embassy in Kigali?
How long would it be valid and what is the shortest possible visa?
how much does it cost? How long does it take till the visa is issued?

Im doing a Africa trip and need urgently good information.

Thanks so much guys, cheers :)

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Burundi: an excursion from Rwanda (Jan 2014) in case Burundi comes back on tourist maps sometimes in the future.

Continued from my Tips on Rwanda:
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/africa/rwanda/tips-on-rwanda

Really wanted to spend up to ten days in the country, but the lack of useful guide literature as well as the lack of inspiration from LPTT reduced this trip to the usual three-day transit visa experience.

Don’t bother with the LP pdf file on Burundi - waste of money! Just a…

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Hi,
Just a question about travelling from DRC to Buj. After we finish Gorilla Treking in Virunga, we would like to make our way to Buj.

Do you recommend boating to Bakuvu then bus to Cyangugu - Hyue - Buj? Is this route safe and hassle free?
Or, should we stick to Goma - Kigali - Buj?

We just got a contact of a driver/guide. If we charter a taxi for the journey, how much will be trip?

Thanks.

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Posted by Josias on another thread but worth separate announcement

Good News:
Tourism Visa to Burundi reduced from $90 to $50, valid for three (3) months with multiple entries (Burundi Ministerial Ordinance No. 215/540/750/1263 of 02.10.2015).

Un visa touristique au Burundi pour cinquante 50 dollars américains au lieu de $90, valable pour trois (3) mois avec entrées multiples (Ordonnance Ministérielle conjointe No 215/540/750/1263 du 2/10/2015).
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/afri

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How much should I pay for a taxi from Bujumbura airport to the city center and vice versa?

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Hi.

Anyone experiensed travel in Burundi lately or know how the situation would be. Is it possible to get a visa? Will they question you for goig in at this time of turmoil or will they still be straight forward with this and not care about u as a westener travelling in?

Would I be the oly westener travelling/being there at this time and therefore draw attention and questions?

All info on border crossing/airport arrials/visa are great for me.

Thanks!

All the best, Jon

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Do I need a Visa if my plane stops for 1h in Burundi ???
(I have an onward flight 1 hour later to Kenya)