Burundi (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: COVID-19 test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Depending on the test result.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: No
Events: Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.06.2021
1. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Burundi. The test result must be in English or French.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
2. Passengers are subject to a PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.


Detailed Tourist Information

Commercial flights to Bujumbura International Airport have now resumed at a reduced capacity.

Land borders with Tanzania and the DRC border crossing at Gatumba-Uvira are open. All other land and maritime borders are closed with the exception of goods and cargo.

All travellers to Burundi must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued in the last 72 hours. Travellers to and from Burundi must also book arrival and departure COVID-19 tests through the Ministry of Health (https://cousp-minisante.gov.bi/Home/detail/domicile) before their arrival/departure. Arriving passengers will be tested at Bujumbura airport where they will be required to show the QR code from their COVID-19 arrival test booking.

Arrivals at Bujumbura International Airport need to pay US $100 in cash for their PCR test. At land and maritime border crossings, foreigners are required to pay US $15 for a test, whilst Burundians are required to pay 15,000 Burundian Francs. All payments must be in cash.

Those under 18 will be asked to present identification and will be exempted from paying for the test. Passengers will receive an email with the results of their tests.

Lockdown Details

The situation in Burundi with regard to COVID-19 has remained relatively stable throughout the pandemic as compared with other countries in the region.

Social distancing and masks are encouraged but not enforced by law and large gatherings can be seen particularly with family, religious and cultural events.

There was no national lock down and it has been businesses as normal in many areas of society. For example, soccer matches have continued, as have large-scale group exercises, parties, weddings, and other activities.

Burundians have stopped hugging and shaking hands to some extent, and many public venues have handwashing stations installed.

Public schools have remained open as well.


Data Source: covidcontrols.co