Critical Alert

Burundi maintains coronavirus-related suspension of international flights at Bujumbura's Melchior Ndadaye Airport as of early October. 

Alert Begins 02 Oct 2020 06:23 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Commercial flight and business disruptions


As of early October, Burundian authorities are maintaining the suspension of international passenger flights at Bujumbura's Melchior Ndadaye Airport (BJM) to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Cargo and humanitarian flights are being allowed to continue.

Officials suspended visa issuance to all foreign nationals March 19; however, they have renewed the visas of travelers already in Burundi. Land borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda are open to freight transport. The border with Tanzania is also open. Enhanced screening measures are in place at ports of entry; all travelers must have proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before arrival. All travelers must also spend 72 hours in quarantine while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test taken on arrival in Burundi. All passengers arriving on a given conveyance will be placed into quarantine for 14 days at a hotel designated by the government if any one of them tests positive for the virus. Further measures are likely in the coming weeks.


Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements before arrival. 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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