Burundi Practical Information

Access to Burundi requires a visa obtained on a passport valid at least 6 months after the end of the trip. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. When a trip is confirmed, we will provide you with a letter of invitation and booking confirmations from your hotels to make your request.
Please note that a period of 15 days is announced for this grant, but this period may be longer. You are advised to inquire in good time, depending on your country of residence.

For other nationalities or for more information on how to obtain visas and the documents to provide, please contact the Burundian representation closest to your place of residence.


Vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory to enter Burundian territory.

Please note: the international vaccination certificate may be requested upon your arrival at the airport.

Following the global pandemic, Covid measures and tests can be applied from your country of origin and in your country of destination. Please consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Health.

Driving License

Local and international driving licenses are required. However, it is highly recommended to travel with a local driver.

Jet lag

Burundi Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). Burundi is located in the Central African Time Zone (CAT).


Burundi uses the Burundian franc (BIF).
1 Euro (€) = 2 297,52 BIF
1 Dollar (USD) = 1 932,06 BIF

There are offices or banks where travellers can exchange money. In large cities, it is also possible to withdraw money from banks with international Visa credit cards.


220 Volts; 50 Hz

Depending on your country of origin, it is recommended to travel with an adapter.  More info here.


Kirundi is the only African language officially used throughout the country. French is the second language of the country, used in particular in the administration and at school. A Bantu language, it is far removed from Latin languages, but it is quite easy to learn the basics. English is also spoken in Burundi, as is Swahili, which remains widely spoken in some towns.

Burundi Gallery

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