It is vital to make sure you have appropriate Burkina Faso insurance before you travel. Although most visits to this West African country are problem-free, travel here carries some significant risks and you will need to take out comprehensive Burkina Faso insurance protection for your health, safety and belongings.
Burkina Faso insurance – quick facts
- There is an underlying threat from terrorism in areas north of the town of Boulsa
- Since 2008 a number of westerners have been kidnapped – kidnap and ransom insurance can be arranged
- There is some risk of street crime and armed groups stopping vehicles
- International health insurance in Burkina Faso is strongly advised, along with cover for emergency evacuation
Get the right insurance for Burkina Faso
- Specialist Burkina Faso insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
- We can cover all of your business liabilities and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to Burkina Faso’s poor infrastructure and health care access, specialist insurance is essential for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs
Potential problems in Burkina Faso what risks might you encounter?
As one of the poorest countries in West Africa, Burkina Faso has its fair share of crime. There’s a risk from armed groups, which stop vehicles at night to rob travellers, as well as street crime in the form of pickpocketing and purse snatching. Be sure that your Burkina Faso insurance covers theft and loss and do not carry your valuables in public places or walk alone at night.
In the border regions with Niger and Mali, where there is threat of banditry and kidnapping, westerners are a favourite target. The FCO advises against travel in these areas and appropriate Burkina Faso insurance is essential if you intend to visit or work there.
Political demonstrations in Ouagadougou and other cities have led to violence, looting, and clashes between police and demonstrators. Visitors are advised to monitor the local news and avoid public gatherings. Medical facilities in Burkina Faso are extremely limited – if serious medical treatment is required, evacuation to Europe is necessary. As malaria, dengue fever and meningitis are common, it’s wise to ensure that your Burkina Faso insurance includes comprehensive health protection with cover for emergency evacuation. Make sure you drink only boiled or bottled water and take supplies of drinkable water with you when travelling in rural areas.
Another real danger to British nationals comes in the form of West African email scam artists. The scams may be related to business or to dating and relationships. In some cases, foreigners come to Burkina Faso to meet someone, only to be kidnapped and become the victim of financial extortion.
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Latest advice from the FCO
The FCO advise against all travel to some areas of Burkina Faso. Stay alert to local political developments, and avoid large crowds and demonstrations. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.