COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Burundi (15 April Update)

*Can a resident enter the country? *

  • Yes

  • Citizens and residents are allowed to enter Burundi.

*Can a foreigner enter the country? *

  • Yes

  • Foreigners are allowed to enter.

*Is a test required on arrival? *

  • Yes

  • All travellers will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at their own expense. Travellers will be tested again on day 6 of their quarantine period and released the following day if the test shows a negative result.

*Test certificate allowed? *

  • Yes

  • Test certificates issued outside of Burundi are accepted if issued in English or French.

*Test certificate required? *

  • Yes

  • Arriving and departing passengers should carry a certificate for a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours before their departure.

*Is quarantine required on arrival? *

  • Yes

  • All arriving passengers must undergo a quarantine for at least seven days in government-designated hotels. Passengers who test positive, at any time, will be transferred to one of the Care Centers for monitoring at their own expense for a period of 14 days or more and required to have two negative test results before being discharged.

  • Based on the above restrictions, a traveller will be required to spend between 7 days and 14 days in quarantine.

*Entry form required? *

  • Yes

  • Travellers will need to complete a health declaration form at the airport on arrival. The form requests information on travel history of the last three weeks, contact details, and contingency plan to self-isolate.

Is vaccination required?

  • No

  • A COVID-19 vaccination is not required at this time.

Insurance required?

  • No

  • Health insurance that covers COVID-19 related expenses is not required at this time.

Airline restrictions

  • Minimal

  • International flights have resumed.

  • Commercial flights have resumed on a limited basis.

Border restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Travellers must get a visa before travel via any Burundian diplomatic mission. Authorities may renew visas for those already in Burundi.

  • Authorities have closed the land and maritime borders. However, transport of goods and cargo is allowed.

  • Departing passengers are required to have a COVID-19 test.

Curfew restrictions

  • Minimal

  • There is no lockdown or curfew in effect.

Social restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Social distancing measures are not enforced by the government, however, the authorities encourage maintaining social distancing norms.

  • Gatherings are allowed with family for religious and cultural events.

  • Handshaking and hugging are discouraged.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Minimal

  • No restrictions are in place.

*Non-essential shops open? *

  • Yes

  • Shops and stores are allowed to open.

*Accommodations open? *

  • Yes

  • Hotels can be booked for quarantine using this link.

  • Hotels are open with public health measures in place, depending on the number of cases in the area.

*Restaurants open? *

  • Yes

  • Restaurants are open.

*Bars and cafes open? *

  • Yes

  • There are no full lockdown or restrictions in place, and all businesses are allowed to open.

*Beaches and tourism sites open? *

  • Yes

  • International tourism is allowed.

*Museums and heritage sites open? *

  • Yes

  • Museums and heritage sites are allowed to open.

*Personal care services open? *

  • Yes

  • Personal care services are allowed to operate.

*Places of worship open? *

  • Yes

  • Places of worship are open.

*Events allowed? *

  • Yes

  • Parties, weddings, religious and cultural events are allowed.

*Masks required in public? *

  • No with exceptions

  • Masks are not mandatory, however, citizens are encouraged to wear a mask in public places.


  • Schools have reopened.

  • Soccer matches are allowed.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid crowded areas. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.