Visa policy of Burkina Faso

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Visitors to Burkina Faso must obtain a visa from one of the Burkina Faso diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Burkina Faso

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 18 countries can visit Burkina Faso without a visa:

Visa free agreement was signed with  Morocco in May 2017 and it is yet to come into force.[4]

Holders of diplomatic and service category passports issued to nationals of Brazil,[5] China, Congo, Cuba, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey[6] do not require a visa for Burkina Faso. Nationals of China holding passports for public affairs do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days.

Visa on arrival[edit]

Visas are available on arrival at the airport and borders for the following 52 nationalities for a stay of up to 1 month. The cost of the visa on arrival is 94,000 francs CFA (approximately USD $190) for a single entry visa with a maximum validity of 3 months, or 122,000 CFA (approximately USD $245) for multiple entry visa with a maximum validity of three months.[7]

1 — only at Ouagadougou airport

Visa on arrival is available for citizens of  Peru for holders of a valid visa issued by a Schengen Member State.

Visa on arrival is available for holders of diplomatic, official, service or special passports free of charge. Visa on arrival is also available for holders of an Interpol passport traveling on duty.

Transit without a visa[edit]

Nationals of South Africa require a visa prior to arrival at all times, including transit. Other nationalities holding confirmed onward tickets may transit through airports of Burkina Faso up to 24 hours without a transit visa.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Burkina Faso for tourism purposes were from the following countries of nationality:[8][9]

Country 2016 2015 2014 2013
 France 23,993 23,840 29,311 35,715
 Ivory Coast 14,914 16,665 16,509 18,852
 Mali 11,956 12,687 12,469 16,065
 Niger 8,884 9,452 7,766 11,265
 Senegal 7,617 6,527 6,824 9,566
 Togo 7,438 5,824 6,498 8,604
 Benin 6,915 6,103 8,113 8,622
 United States 5,611 5,923 5,984 7,748
 Ghana 5,122 5,199 6,074 7,090
Total 151,783 156,036 181,410 206,954

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ Wam (31 January 2018). "UAE citizens exempt from pre-entry visa to Burkina Faso".
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Morocco and Burkina Faso to Abolish Visas for Nationals". 30 May 2017.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Under visa exemption agreement on 8 January 2013; from 16 October 2013 [2]
  7. ^ "Traveling to Burkina Faso - U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso".
  8. ^ Abstract of Statistics. Chapitre 19 Statistiques du tourismep. 276
  9. ^ Abstract of Statistics. Chapitre 19 Statistiques du tourismep. 276