Message for U.S. Citizens: Mandatory Registration of Foreigners in Burundi (February 29, 2016)

Monday, February 29, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Burundi is aware of an announced government census of all foreigners living or staying in Burundi. Starting on March 1, 2016, persons who are not citizens of Burundi will have until April 30, 2016 to register their presence in the country at the main office of the Police de l’Air, des Frontières et des Étrangers (PAFE) in Bujumbura. Registrants will be required to appear in person with their travel document/passport. The PAFE office will be open for registration Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 16:00 hrs. At some point after registration, foreigners will be issued a biometric identity card. The U.S. Embassy is working with the Ministry of Public Security to obtain additional information about this policy to share with U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens remaining in Burundi should review the Burundi Travel Warning issued on December 13 as well as their personal security situation and seriously consider departing, taking advantage of commercial flights.

Please contact us at BURUNDIEMERGENCYUSC@state.gov if you need assistance departing Burundi so that we may assess potential options for assisting you.

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