Visa policy of Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso entry stamp

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 17 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.[2]

Holders of diplomatic and service category passports issued to nationals of Congo, Cuba, Russia and Taiwan do not require a visa for Burkina Faso.

Visa on arrival[edit]

Visas are available on arrival at the airport and borders for the following 51 nationalities:

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:[4]

Country 2014 2013
 France 29,311 35,715
 China 17,651 2,492
 Ivory Coast 16,509 18,852
 Mali 12,469 16,065
 Benin 8,113 8,622
 Niger 7,766 11,265
 Netherlands 7,580 3,009
 Senegal 6,824 9,566
 Togo 6,498 8,604
 Ghana 6,074 7,090
Total 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. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Must hold a valid visa issued by a Schengen Area member state.
  4. ^ Abstract of Statistics. Chapitre 19 Statistiques du tourismep. 276