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 if you need assistance departing Burundi so that we may assess potential options for assisting you.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Burundi.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura, located at Avenue des Etats-Unis and Avenue du Cinquantenaire in Bujumbura, Burundi, at +257-22-20-7000 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +257-22-20-7318, or +257-79-938-841.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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