|Vaccination needed||receipt required|
|Typhoid & Polio||Yes||–|
Nationwide, significant bottlenecks in medical care are to be expected, which are often highly problematic in terms of technology, equipment and/or hygiene. In many cases there is also a lack of European-trained doctors who speak English or French. Plannable operations should only be carried out in Europe. Individual private clinics in Ouagadougou can be considered for emergencies. Sufficient health insurance coverage that is valid there and reliable travel insurance are urgently recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check indexdotcom for more information.
 A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers over one year old. Exceptions are transit travelers who do not leave the transit area.  A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection, especially in the provinces of Boulgou and Soum. To protect oneself, one should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel.  Malaria protection required year-round nationwide, including cities. The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum (85%) is said to be resistant to chloroquine. Recommendation: Prevention with medication and mosquito repellent.  Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for various infectious diseases (e.g. hepatitis A, typhus, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases), which are transmitted through contaminated food or drinks. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Outside of urban areas, milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish dishes that are served hot. eating pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Warnings are given against eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets.
The hot, dusty air can increase respiratory diseases. Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in ponds and rivers nationwide. Swimming or wading in inland waters should therefore be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Dengue fever occurs mainly in the south of the country. Good mosquito repellent measures are recommended. Filariasis caused by insects also occurs nationwide. Travelers reduce the risk of transmission if they use an effective insect repellent. Typhus also occurs nationwide. The fever is caused by clothes lice. To protect yourself, you should practice regular body and clothing hygiene. Vaccination should only be considered in rare cases. Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection with hepatitis A. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended. Hepatitis B is highly endemic. For long-term stays of more than three months, vaccination against hepatitis B is also advisable. HIV/AIDS is a major problem in the country and a danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant life-threatening risk. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by whiteflies, occurs nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis (ACWY) occur nationwide from December through May. to protect yourself should be vaccinated and avoid large crowds. The mosquito-borne sleeping sickness occurs across the country. Careful mosquito protection measures are recommended. Tick bite fever occurs nationwide. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Careful mosquito protection measures are recommended. Tick bite fever occurs nationwide. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Careful mosquito protection measures are recommended. Tick bite fever occurs nationwide. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
In the country, the avian flu virus (H5/H5N1) was first detected in birds on April 4, 2006. Human diseases have not occurred so far. Travelers should therefore stay away from poultry and avoid any contact with live and dead animals. The consumption of raw poultry dishes and eggs should be avoided. Well-cooked poultry dishes and eggs can be enjoyed without hesitation. Thorough cleaning of the hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand disinfectant solutions is generally recommended as a precautionary measure.
1 CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc* = 100 centimes. Currency code: CFA Fr, XOF (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000 CFA Fr. Coins come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 CFA Fr. Note: [*] The CFA Franc (XOF) is issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ( BCEAO, State Bank of West African States) and used by the 8 members of the African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC, CFA Franc (XAF) issued by the State Bank of Central African States is not legal tender in Burkina Faso. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.
Major credit cards such as Visa are accepted in major hotels and banks in the capital. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card. There are few ATMs in the capital that can be used with a Visa card and pin number.
Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn at a few ATMs in the capital. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at isolated ATMs in Ouagadougou with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Traveller’s checks can be exchanged at a few banks in Burkina Faso’s larger cities. This often requires the original purchase receipt, which you should take with you.
Bank opening hours
- General Mon-Fri 07.30-12.30 and 15.30-17.30 (deviations are possible).
Foreign exchange regulations
No restrictions on importing foreign currency and local currency. There is an obligation to declare from a sum equivalent to 1,000,000 CFA. The export of national and foreign currency is permitted up to the amount declared. Outside the West African currency zone, the CFA will not be exchanged.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, in exchange offices, banks and larger hotels. It is cheapest to exchange euros or US dollars in the country.
|Code||Symbol||Exchange rates (no guarantee)|
|EUR||€||1 EUR = 1.00 €
1 CHF = 1.19 €
1 USD = 0.96 €
|XOF||1 EUR = 1.00
1 CHF = 1.19
1 USD = 0.96