The UK FCO advise against all travel to the following parts of Burkina Faso: all areas of the country north of the town of Boulsa; areas within 40km of the western border with Mali; the W National Park in the south-east bordering Niger and Benin.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Burkina Faso. A terrorist attack took place in central Ouagadougou on 15 and 16 January in which 30 people were killed, including a number of foreigners. Further attacks are possible and could occur without warning. Airports and borders could be subject to closure at short notice.
A curfew is currently in place. You should monitor local and social media for information about when it might be lifted. If youre in Burkina Faso you should take extra care and follow the instructions of the security authorities, avoiding the area around the Splendid and Yibi Hotels and respecting any curfew.
There is a risk that terrorist groups may cross the border from Mali and the northern border with Niger into Burkina Faso to carry out kidnap attacks.
15 January, 2 western nationals were abducted in the northern town of Djibo near the border with Mali.
If you choose to travel to Burkina Faso you should take out comprehensive international private medical and travel insurance before travelling.
There is no British Embassy in Burkina Faso. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British High Commission in Accra, Ghana. There is an Honorary Consul in Burkina Faso, who can offer limited consular assistance.
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