Burkina Faso Travel Warning

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Burkina Faso Travel Warning
Last Updated: January 20, 2016
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Burkina Faso. U.S. citizens in Burkina Faso, and those considering travel to Burkina Faso, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats to safety and security. The ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services in remote and rural areas is limited. U.S. citizens should take steps to mitigate the risk of becoming a victim of violent acts, and reduce exposure to locations routinely frequented by Westerners. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning issued on October 9, 2015.

Citizens who decide to remain in Burkina Faso despite this travel warning should maintain situational awareness at all times and register their presence within Burkina Faso with the Embassy by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

The security environment in Burkina Faso is fluid and the potential for attacks throughout the country, including in Ouagadougou, remains. On January 15, armed assailants attacked civilians at the Splendid Hotel and Cappuccino restaurant with gunfire and explosives. People from 18 different countries were murdered in the attack, including one U.S. citizen. Violent extremist and militant elements, including al-Qaeda in the Lands of Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Murabitun, have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Also on January 15, two gendarmerie officers were killed in an attack on their patrol near the mining town of Tinakoff (10km from the Malian border) and two Australian citizens were kidnapped in Baraboule, near the border with Mali. They are allegedly being held by a group with links to al-Qaeda.

In 2015, a Romanian citizen was kidnapped at the Tambao manganese mining site (near the Nigerien border) by the extremist group al-Murabitun; gendarmerie outposts in Oursi and Samorogouan were attacked and several people were killed; and a complex attack (involving improvised explosive devices, RPGs, and small arms) on a gold convoy near Djibo resulted in one death. Investigations into these incidents are ongoing.

The U.S. Embassy has placed restrictions on official government travel to Dori, Djibo, the road that connects these cities, and all areas north of that road. Embassy personnel are also prohibited from traveling to or staying at Parc National du W (Parc W), the regional national park located on Burkina Faso’s southeastern border with Niger and Benin. U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow the same guidance.

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Burkina Faso.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, in Ouaga 2000, Sector 15, on Avenue Sembene Ousmane, southeast of the Monument aux Héros Nationaux, at (+226) 25-49-53-00, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. If you are a U.S. citizen in an emergency situation after normal Embassy operating hours, please contact the Embassy, dial “1,” and ask to be connected to the duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 FREE toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou
Avenue Sembéne Ousmane
Ouaga 2000, Secteur 15
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


 

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I am not sure if we have any AH members traveling to Burkina Faso.
 

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Between the countries which are closed to hunting as a matter of law, and now those like Burkina Faso and CAR which are closed for all practical purposes, the range of hunting areas is becoming more limited as time passes.
 

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I wonder how dangerous it is really considering it is a hunting trip. I find a rifle in hand to be comforting. Al-Queda and Boko Haram and all them seem to prefer soft targets.
 

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I think I'll skip the extra curricular activities anyway.

Something about a kid with a gun who places very little value on my life I would find distracting. :)
 

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I wonder how dangerous it is really considering it is a hunting trip. I find a rifle in hand to be comforting. Al-Queda and Boko Haram and all them seem to prefer soft targets.
Well, I wouldn't let an attack in a city bother me - wrong place, wrong time, could happen in lots of places. But the kidnappings and murders in the countryside, including in the hunting areas, is something to worry about. While hunting in a corner of Cameroon, not far from both CAR and Congo, we came upon some abandoned camps in the jungle which looked to have been used by military/rebels, likely fleeing crackdowns in both CAR or Congo. Even with a gun in hand, I would not have wanted to meet a contingent of rebels, armed undoubtedly with AK's. Between you and your PH you'd be lucky to have 6-8 shots between you. The people you'd be shooting at may not be great shots, but they can put a lot of lead in the air. And a white face stands out in these places. It means money. While that may ultimately save your life, it's not something I'd like to count on. And of course, once you start shooting at them, you better get them all, or the white face won't help you one bit.

There are other places to hunt until this calms down.
 

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There are other places to hunt until this calms down.

I'm with you.
I wanted to head in to CAR with CAWA and the flat out disintegration had most Outfits leaving. CAWA was the last to leave.
If the people who live/work there, speak the language all go and pull up stakes I'll accept the message.
 

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