Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi


Event:  Ethiopian special commercial flight planned for 15 May

We have learned of a tentative special commercial flight to be arranged by SatGuru and operated by Ethiopian Airlines, leaving Bujumbura on or around 15 May and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD).  The U.S. Embassy is not directly involved in arranging this flight and we do not yet have details on exact timing, pricing, etc.   

Connections may be available from Addis Ababa to other destinations, including to the United States.  Travelers will be responsible for arranging their own travel from Ethiopia onward and should take into account the travel restrictions of any countries en route to their final destination.  More information about travel restrictions in Ethiopia are available here.  Further information about travel restrictions in other countries is available at the U.S. embassy COVID-19 web page for that country.  Cost of the flight will ultimately be dependent on the number of seats occupied, and passengers will make arrangements directly with SatGuru once the flight is confirmed. 

U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents interested in departing on this special commercial flight opportunity should confirm their interest with no later than Friday, May 8, at 12:00 p.m. so that we may provide to SatGuru the number of interested travelers.

If your U.S. passport has expired, or will be expiring in the next 90 days, please schedule an emergency passport appointment with the consular section at

The U.S. Embassy is not planning any additional special humanitarian flights at this time.  The Embassy strongly encourages American citizens in Burundi who wish to return to United States in the near future travel via this or other opportunities as soon as possible.  Otherwise, they should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  It is unclear when Burundi’s international airport will resume normal operations, or when other flights may be scheduled.  The Department of State cannot guarantee that there will be future flight options.   

Additional Actions to Take:



  • U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi

B.P. 1720

Avenue des Etats-Unis

+257 22-207-000

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444