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 BujumburaC@state.gov to explore alternate payment methods.
Additional Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Burundi.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Burundi.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
- U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi
Avenue des Etats-Unis
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Burundi-specific information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts
- Check the Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens portion of our webpage for past communications from STEP
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter