It is critical to have quality Burundi insurance in place before you work, travel or do business in this beautiful but dangerous country. Whatever the purpose of your visit, be aware of the potential risks and ensure that the insurance you take to Burundi is valid for the regions you will be visiting.
Burundi insurance – quick facts
- There is a potential for political and civil unrest
- International health insurance in Burundi is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- There is a high risk of street crime, particularly for foreign nationals
Get the right insurance for Burundi
- Specialist Burundi insurance – this can include protection for your personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
- We can cover all your business liabilities and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to the risk of crime, political unrest, poor infrastructure and healthcare, specialist insurance is essential for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, political evacuation and other specialist insurance needs
Dangers you might encounter in Burundi
With its exquisite mountains, clear lakes and wide African skies, Burundi is a tiny country of great natural beauty. Sadly its history has been marked by ethnic conflict that has yet to completely subside, and the dangers make it essential to have robust Burundi insurance in place.
There is a high risk of crime. Muggings at gun and knifepoint, bag snatching, pick-pocketing, burglary, car break-ins, and armed car hijackings have all been reported. Avoid walking in the streets or using public transport after dark, even in Bujumbura city centre, and don’t carry large amounts of money. Take care when withdrawing or exchanging cash, and avoid doing so at night. Arrange guards for homes and stay at hotels that have good security. Safeguard valuables and cash. Use hotel safes, where possible. Keep copies of important documents, including your passport and visa, separately. Be wary of who you plan to meet and where, and inform colleagues or family members of your plans.
The political situation is often unstable and demonstrations can quickly become violent, so avoid these whenever possible.
There is a potential risk of terrorism since Al Shabaab (based in Somalia) has made public threats against Burundi because of its support to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The long running cholera epidemic continues to claim lives, so take necessary precautions and seek medical attention should you become unwell. Don’t go swimming in Lake Tanganyika due to the risk of being attacked by wildlife and waterborne diseases.
In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 150,000 adults aged 15 or over in Burundi were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 5% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.
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Latest advice from the FCO
The FCO advise against all travel to some regions. Demonstrations and protests can turn violent. There is a high risk of street crime. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.