Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Burundi on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights to Bujumbura International Airport have now resumed. Please consult individual carriers for more information.

Land borders with Tanzania and the DRC border crossing at Gatumba-Uvira are open. All other land and maritime borders are closed with the exception of goods and cargo.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Burundi.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Accommodation

Accommodation remains open but measures may be in place on a case by case basis.

Healthcare

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, the Government of Burundi’s advice is to visit a testing facility for a test. However, you should be mindful that healthcare facilities in Burundi may not match UK standards.

Testing capacity in Burundi is extremely limited and results can be subject to significant delay.

In Bujumbura, those caught not wearing a mask in public gatherings could be fined 100,000 Burundian Francs.

For contact details for doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Burundi.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 Vaccines if you live in Burundi

This page will be updated as information is available about how you can get a vaccination in Burundi. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Burundi, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities

Further information

The British Embassy Liaison Office in Bujumbura can offer limited consular assistance to British nationals in Burundi. The British High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda, can provide additional consular support to British nationals in Burundi. See Consular assistance.

You can sign up for travel advice email alerts and follow @UKinRwanda on Twitter and Facebook, which covers both Rwanda and Burundi.