Burkina Faso in detail

Entry & Exit Formalities

Once you have the necessary visa(s) and your yellow fever immunisation certificate (aka the 'yellow card'), entering and exiting Burkina Faso is fairly hassle-free.

Customs Regulations

The following are allowed to be brought into Burkina Faso:

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars
  • 50g of tobacco
  • 250ml of perfume
  • 1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of spirits

The following are prohibited:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns, explosives and ammunition
  • Knives
  • Plants and plant material
  • Meat and meat products
  • Pets and animals
  • Pornographic material


Anyone who is not an Ecowas (Economic Community of West African States) national needs a visa to enter Burkina Faso.

One-month visas are available at border crossings and the airport for single/multiple entry CFA94,000/122,000 (bring two photos). However, visa policies can change, so it is strongly recommended you get your visa from a Burkinabé embassy before travelling, where it will cost €70/90 for a three-month single/multiple-entry visa.

Visas for Onward Travel

The Visa de l'Entente, valid in Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Togo and Benin, is available at the Service des Passeports in Ouagadougou; bring two photos, your passport and CFA25,000. It is valid for 60 days, and is single-entry. It takes 72 hours to process.

If you're only visiting one country, the following embassies deliver visas:

Benin A single-entry one-/three-month visa costs €70/90. You'll need two photos and photocopies of your passport.

Côte d'Ivoire A three-month, single-entry visa costs €50 and requires one photo and a hotel confirmation. Check www.snedai.ci for details.

Ghana Three-month visas are issued for €70 and require four photos.