Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Domestic air services to resume in Burkina Faso July 24. Air borders to reopen Aug. 1 as authorities continue easing COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Alert Begins: 23 Jul 2020 01:01 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Domestic air services will resume in Burkina Faso July 24. Air Burkina (2J) will run two flights a day between Thomas Sankara International Airport (OUA) and Bobo Dioulasso Airport (BOY) through at least July 30. Authorities have also announced that international air borders will reopen Aug. 1. The resumption of domestic and international flights follows the expiration of a nationwide 2100-0400 health curfew June 3. All security-related curfews will remain in place. Other provisions linked to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remain in place, including the suspension of overland entry into and exit from Burkina Faso and the compulsory use of face coverings in public places. The transport of essential cargo is unhindered but will likely be subject to delays. Amendments and updates to the restrictions are possible in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government follow a gradual easing of restrictions in recent months. Cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported in Burkina Faso. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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