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Last update 04 May 2022Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)

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Republic of Burundi

 

Bulgarian citizens visiting or having residence in Burundi can contact for consular assistance the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Nigeria

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Nigeria

Address: 10 Euphrates Crescent, Maitama, Abuja

Tel .: + 234 9038600017; +234 8033078578

Phone only for emergencies outside working hours: +234 903 000 0275

Working hours: 9.00 - 17.30

Reception hours at the Consular Office: 09.00-12.00 with recommended pre-booking an appointment

E-mail of the Embassy: [email protected]

E-mail of the Consular Service: [email protected]

Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria

The Embassy of Burundi in Moscow is accredited for Bulgaria.

Embassy of the Republic of Burundi in Moscow

Address: 119049 Moscow, Kaluga Square 1, apt.  226-227;

Tel .: +7 095 230 25 64

Fax: +7 095 230 20 09

Email: [email protected]

 

General information

general information

Local currency

Burundian franc (BIF)

Crime and security

After 2020, the situation as a whole has stabilized, especially in the largest city of Bujumbura and the capital, Gitega.  However, travel to Burundi is not recommended, especially outside the two cities.  Only in cases of extreme urgency should travel to areas near the borders with Rwanda and the DRC.

Foreigners residing in the country are advised to avoid being close to crowded places.  The increasing criminal activity is a growing problem.

Particular vigilance should be exercised at night.

Legislation

In Burundi, demonstrating sexual orientation is prohibited and punishable under local law.

Customs requirements

Imports of up to 2,000 Burundian francs are allowed into the country.

There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency.

Exports of local currency are allowed within 2000 Burundian francs.  There are no restrictions on the export of foreign currency.

Traffic on the roads

Passengers by car are required to take out insurance at the border for the period of their stay in the country.  The road infrastructure is in a very bad condition.  An international driving license is required when driving.

Healthcare

There are conditions for the outbreak of cholera epidemics.  The risk of malaria is high.

Hospital services do not meet European standards.

There are a large number of HIV-positive.

Travel papers and visas

Entry into Burundi is allowed upon presentation of a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.

Bulgarian citizens traveling to Burundi (holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports) need a visa, which they can obtain at the Burundian embassy in Moscow.

Tourist and business visas are issued for a stay of up to 30 days.

In the case of a business trip, the applicant is required to submit a letter from the employer or business partner in Burundi.

No transit visas are required for passengers who do not leave the airport and continue on their route, presenting the relevant evidence, such as air ticket, etc.

There must be at least one full blank page in the passport in order for the entry visa for the country to be affixed to it.  There should be no previous visa on the back of this page other than border control stamps.  The international passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the country.

Practical advice

Satellite phones, GPS cameras, as well as wearing military, camouflage clothing, could lead to problems with Burundi's migration authorities.

Be careful when eating fruits and vegetables - after washing do not eat immediately, but leave in the sun for 10-15 minutes.

Water should be boiled or bottled.

Travelling with children

There are no special requirements, but it is recommended that children travel with their own passports.

Competitive service

Certification and Legalisation

Documents issued to Bulgarian citizens in Burundi should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burundi. They are to be certified in the Embassy of Burundi in Moscow. The signature and validation of the consulate office to this embassy are to be further validated by the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Moscow.

Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Emergency Travel Document

In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of any EU Member State in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.

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