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COVID-19 Information
Updated September 3, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • On Saturday, August 29, the Ministry of Public Health announced that Burundi’s total COVID-19 cases had risen to 445.
  • On Saturday, August 22, the Ministry of Public Health announced that Burundi’s total COVID-19 cases was 430.
  • On Saturday, August 15, the Ministry of Public Health announced that Burundi’s total COVID-19 cases is 413.
  • On Friday, August 7, the Ministry of Public Health announced that Burundi’s total COVID-19 cases, to date, is 408.
  • On Wednesday, July 15, the Ministry of Public Health posted a statement announcing a total of 101 additional COVID-19 cases that since the start of the testing campaign, which brings the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed by the Government of Burundi to 292.
  • On Wednesday, July 8, the Ministry of Public Health posted a statement announcing 28 additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Monday, July 6, the Ministry of Health began a mass COVID-19 screening campaign under the local Kirundi language slogan of “I will get better; I won’t be infected and spread COVID-19”
  • On Thursday, July 2, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing 21 additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Saturday, June 27, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing 26 additional COVID-19 cases. Which brings the COVID-19 number of cases confirmed by the Government of Burundi to 170.
  • On Saturday, June 20, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing 40 additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Thursday, June 11, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing eleven additional COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed by the Government of Burundi to 94.
  • On Saturday, June 6, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing twenty additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Saturday, May 30, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing twenty one additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Sunday, May 17, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing fifteen additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Tuesday, May 12 the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing eight additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Monday, May 4, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing four additional COVID-19 cases.
  • On Tuesday, April 28, the Ministry of Public health confirmed three additional COVID-19 cases, on top of the three announced on April 25 and one announced on April 24, bringing the total number of cases to 18.  The April 24 communiqué from the Ministry of Public Health stated the new positive case worked at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Clinical Hospital in Bujumbura.
  • On Wednesday, April 22, the Ministry of Public Affairs notified the international community that only humanitarian planes, ambulances, or planes intended for the voluntary embarkation of foreign nationals wanting to leave Burundi, would receive landing permission at the airport, and that no passengers or crewmembers would be allowed to disembark.
  • On Tuesday, April 21, the Ministry of Public Health released a communiqué announcing five new cases, bringing the total to 11.
  • On Friday, April 17, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Homeland Planning announced an additional 14-day extension of the suspension on all international commercial flights departing or arriving from the Melchior Ndadaye International Airport that began on March 22, 2020 at 23:59 GMT.  Only cargo, medical evacuation, humanitarian, and diplomatic flights are exempt. The notice took effect on April 18 at 23:59 GMT.
  • On April 15, the Ministry of Public Health announced it had confirmed the sixth positive case of COVID-19 in Burundi.  This brought Burundi’s total number of confirmed cases to 6. Upon tracing 75 of the individual’s most recent contacts, the Ministry of Public Health confirmed Burundi’s another positive COVID-19 case — this time, its first case of local transmission. Local transmission refers to cases where the source of the infection is within the location that reports it.  It declared that the total number of test cases was 80.
  • On Sunday, April 12, an individual at Bujumbura’s Kira Hospital passed away after contracting COVID-19. The individual had no history of international travel and had no recorded contact with any of the previously confirmed positive cases.
  • On Saturday, April 11, the Ministry of Public Health via Twitter confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing Burundi’s total to five.
  • Following the last-minute refusal by Burundian governmental authorities to allow dozens of persons of dual nationality to board humanitarian repatriation flights leaving Burundi for Europe the weekend of April 3, on Friday, April 10, Burundi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a note verbal assuring the international community that persons holding double nationality would be able to freely depart Burundi under the condition that they had residency elsewhere and had only been visiting Burundi when the Government of Burundi closed Melchior Ndadaye International Airport.  The note, however, also stated that dual nationals who reside or carry out their daily activities in Burundi would not benefit from this guarantee of free travel.  The note did not define how Burundian authorities define residency or daily activities.
  • On Saturday, April 4, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Homeland Planning announced an additional 14-day extension of the suspension on all international commercial flights departing or arriving from the Melchior Ndadaye International Airport that began on March 22, 2020 at 23:59 GMT.  Only cargo, medical evacuation, humanitarian, and diplomatic flights are exempt. The notice took effect on April 4 at 23:59 GMT.
  • On Thursday, April 2, in the process of tracing 23 contacts of the two confirmed cases that it had already identified on March 31, the Government of Burundi verified one of these 23 contacts as Burundi’s third positive case.
  • On Wednesday, April 1, the Ministry of Public Health published a press release stating that the identification and quarantine process of individuals in contact with the two positive cases was “proceeding normally,” and that the population should avoid trusting and spreading rumors about COVID-19 via social media.
  • On March 31, Burundi’s Minister of Health, Dr. Thaddée Ndikumana, declared that two persons in quarantine in Burundi had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Friday, March 27, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, Equipment, and Homeland Planning announced a seven-day extension, beginning on March 28 at 21:59 GMT, of the existing seven-day airport closure that began on March 22 and was otherwise set to expire on March 28. The document emphasized that the extension did not affect cargo, medevac, humanitarian, or diplomatic flights and was subject to change.
  • On Thursday, March 26, the Government of Burundi’s (GoB) spokesperson, Prosper Ntahorwamiye, released a communique dated March 25 summarizing its COVID-19 prevention and control measures as being:  hygiene measures by the Ministry of Public Health, quarantine measures for people coming from countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19, visa suspensions, measures to suspend official GoB trips abroad, and flight suspensions at Melchior Ndadaye International Airport.  The document requested compliance by the population with COVID-19 prevention measures in place, as well as with subsequent progressive prevention measures not yet implemented.  In addition, the document issues a warning for the international community not to take additional measures on top of what the GoB has already done, citing the temporary closures of the Belgian School (l’Ecole Belge) and French School (l’Ecole Française de Bujumbura) as “unilateral, extreme, hasty measures.”
  • On Saturday, March 21, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Homeland Planning announced that all international commercial flights departing or arriving from the Melchior Ndadaye International Airport would be suspended for seven days.  Only cargo, medical evacuation, humanitarian, and diplomatic flights are exempt. The notice took effect on March 22, 2020 at 21:59 GMT.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Passengers are screened at the airport for elevated temperature and asked to complete a health form that includes questions about travel in the last three weeks.
  • There is no exit screening at this time; messages displayed at the entrance of the check-in terminal remind passengers exiting the country to follow basic hygiene rules in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

Quarantine Information:

  • The Ministry of Health has expanded quarantine measures related to COVID-19 for all travelers arriving in Burundi from multiple countries – China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, all member states of the Schengen zone, and the United States. The travelers will be quarantined in a hotel facility in Bujumbura designated by the Government of Burundi (Hotel Source du Nil) for 14 days.
  • On March 20, the Government of Burundi announced that quarantined individuals would also be responsible for the hotel costs of the quarantine.

Local Resources:

  • On Wednesday, April 1, the Ministry of Public Health published a press release calling on the public to:
    • Wash hands with clean water and soap or chlorinated water
    • Avoid greeting each other by shaking hands or kissing
    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use a tissue that should be thrown away immediately in a closed bin, then wash your hands.
    • Self-quarantine at home if you have been in contact with a positive case yet do not show any symptoms of COVID-19
    • Call the toll-free number 117 or consult the nearest health facility if displaying COVID-19 symptoms

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Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi
    +257 22 20 70 00
    BujumburaC@state.gov
  • U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, along with at least one other embassy in Burundi, is considering creating special repatriation flights for its citizens. The Embassy will utilize the STEP to distribute more information about these flights.  If you are interested in repatriating to the United States via a special flight, please follow the instructions here.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen or national traveling abroad who would like to receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions in Burundi to help you make informed decisions about your travel plans, to help U.S. Embassy Bujumbura contact you in an emergency, and to help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency, please enroll in STEP. Check the Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens portion of our webpage for past communications from STEP