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You need a visa to enter Burkina Faso, which should be obtained in advance, though EU citizens are allowed to get one upon arrival at the airport. There are several types, most of which are valid for three months from the date of entry. The fee depends on the type, the three-month, single entry visa being the cheapest, followed by the three-month multiple entry, six-month single entry, and six month multiple entry. Visas may be obtained from the nearest BF consulate in your locality, and will typically take 15 working days to process, provided that all your papers are in order. Burkina Faso visas are issued promptly, but may take longer when forwarded or referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in BF.

Health and Safety

A vaccination against yellow fever is required, especially if you are traveling from within Africa. You may be refused entry or be forced to get the shot at the airport if you fail to provide proof prior to arriving. You may also want to consider getting shots against hepatitis B and E, as well as meningococcal meningitis. Other health risks present in Burkina Faso include bilharzia, which can be contracted from wading in fresh water, along with dengue fever, HIV/AIDS and rabies.

Burkina Faso is one of the safest countries in West Africa. However, you should still watch out for normal travel hassles such as purse snatchers and pickpockets when walking the streets of Ouagadougou, as well as when visiting crowded places like the local markets. Though it is rare, green taxis can sometimes be host to thieves, so be mindful of your belongings. Whenever possible, avoid carrying purses, bags and gadgets to avoid unwanted attention.

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