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Burundi Insurance

It is critical to have quality Burundi insurance in place before you do business in this beautiful but dangerous country. Be aware of the potential risks and ensure that the insurance you take to Burundi is valid for the regions you will be visiting.

Official risk ratings

Accident and Evacuation
Kidnapping and Ransom
Political Risk

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

Dangers you might encounter in Burundi

Burundi has experienced political instability since President Nkrunziza was inaugurated for a controversial third term in August 2015. There have been violent incidents reported across the country, including a number of targeted political and military assassinations. 

If you are doing business here you might choose to protect your assets and investments with Political Violence cover.

Healthcare standards are poor here, so medical insurance with evacuation is essential.

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. 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. Be aware that there is a high prevalence of HIV.

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Advice from the FCO

The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.

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