COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [09/August/2022]

The CDC no longer requires air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  However, proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizens to travel to the United States on nonimmigrant visas is still in effect.  For more information, see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • It is no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test to travel to Burundi. However, there is a COVID-19 test taken upon arrival, which costs $100. There is no longer a requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test to depart Burundi unless the onward destination requires it.
  • The situation in Burundi regarding COVID-19 has remained relatively stable throughout the pandemic compared to other countries in the region. There has been no national lockdown, and it has been business as normal in many areas of society.
  • There are no direct flights between Burundi and the U.S. Please pay careful attention to your itinerary as each transit country may have its own COVID-19 protocols. Some countries require that all travelers be vaccinated for COVID-19. If you do not meet the requirements of the transit country, you may not be able to board your flight even if your meet the requirements of Burundi and the U.S. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Burundi? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? usually
    • In case you need a test to depart Burundi because your destination country requires it, you may go to INSP (Institut National de Santé Publique).  The cost of the test is 60,000 Burundian francs.  However, there is no cost for a test if you suspect you may have a COVID-19 infection.
    • According to the government of Burundi, PCR test results are generally delivered within 24 hours via email, but they cannot guarantee results in this time frame.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Burundi approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
    • Are vaccines available in Burundi for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes 
  • Which vaccines are available in Burundi? Sinopharm and Johnson & Johnson.
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
    • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? not prior to arrival
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • All travelers must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. The cost is $100 for those who are not citizens of the East African Community.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information 

  •  Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be requested to quarantine at home after obtaining a treatment kit from one of the designated test centers provided by the Ministry of Health.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • There is no legal obligation to wear a mask.

Consular Operations

  • The consular section is processing routine American Citizen services and visa appointments. Please follow this link to learn more about the different services.

Local Resources:

  • More information can be found on the Burundi Ministry of Health website and https://cousp-minisante.gov.bi/
  • The Ministry recommends self-quarantine if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but you have yet to show any symptoms.  Should symptoms appear, please call the toll-free number 117 or consult the nearest health facility.

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Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi
    +257 22 20 70 00
    BujumburaC@state.gov
  • 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 Check the Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens portion of our webpage for past communications from STEP.