Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi

Event:  Special U.S. Government humanitarian flight departure changed to April 21

The U.S. Government-organized special humanitarian flight is now scheduled to depart from Bujumbura at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21.  Cost of the flight expected to be approximately $1900 per adult, $1500 per child 2-12, and $200 per infant under two years of age.  Please note that we anticipate high demand for this flight.  The U.S. Government cannot predict when another flight will become available.  It will pick up passengers in other countries and fly to Washington, D.C.  Disembarkation at transit airports en route to the United States will not be possible.

While we hope to accommodate all interested travelers, seating is not guaranteed.  To commit to occupying a seat, please follow the these instructions before the booking deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.  This flight is open to all nationalities who have valid documentation for entry into the United States. For those with dual nationality, please review the country-specific information portion of our COVID-19 page.

The Embassy strongly encourages American citizens in Burundi who wish to return to United States in the near future travel via these 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.  If evacuation or charter flights later become available, they may be substantially more expensive than these special flights.  If you hope to travel to the United States via a humanitarian flight, please be ready to travel on very short notice.

If an American citizen is destitute or otherwise unable to pay for this special humanitarian flight, they should contact to explore alternate payment methods.

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