Political uncertainty in Burundi – high-risk insurance advised

17 June 2015

Specialist high-risk insurance for Burundi may be advised for anyone considering travelling or working there in the coming months. This small African nation has been in the grip of political uncertainty and sporadic civil unrest since 25 April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would be running for a third term in office.

His decision was seen by many as unconstitutional, and sparked weeks of protest and an attempted coup by Major General Godefroid Niyombare, a former ally of the president. Over 20 people have been killed in the protests and aid agencies estimate that over 100,000 people have fled into neighbouring states.

Inter-ethnic tensions

The situation in the capital, Bujumbura, and across the country looks set to remain tense in the run-up to the elections on 15th July, though this date in itself is contentious. President Nkurunziza continues to reject calls to stand aside, despite major international donors suspending some of the aid that the country so depends upon.

Burundi, one of the world’s poorest countries, has been beset with inter-ethnic violence between the Hutus and Tutsis since it gained independence in 1962. It has enjoyed relative peace since 2001 when a power-sharing government was set-up, followed by parliamentary elections in 2005. However the authoritarian style of President Nkurunziza’s government, and his determination to run for a third term, are seen by many as threatening Burundi’s future peace and democracy.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice

Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice is against ALL travel to Cibitoke and Bubanza provinces and the Ruvubu National Park, and against ALL BUT ESSENTIAL travel to the rest of Burundi. Keep up to-date with the local and national security situations and avoid demonstrations and protests. 

In the light of the current political and security situation, high-risk insurance should be an important consideration for any foreign nationals operating in Burundi. Be aware that standard travel and business insurance may not be adequate. 

Quality high-risk Burundi insurance

Bellwood Prestbury has long experience of providing specialist cover for those working in the world’s most hostile territories and dangerous industries, including journalists, aid workers and security contractors. We can advise you on high-risk Burundi insurance for companies, NGOs and individuals. 

If you need high-risk Burundi insurance please contact our experienced team at Bellwood Prestbury for a confidential discussion on +44 (0) 207 305 5650.

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