We advise against all travel to Burundi and any Irish citizens there should consider their need to remain.
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There has been a general deterioration of the security situation in Burundi, since an attempted coup d'état in May 2015. Although the security situation has stabilised somewhat, the political situation remains tense and the risk of violent incidents persists. If you have to undertake essential travel, you should do so after seeking permission and support from the authorities. In a deteriorating situation, we cannot guarantee that we will be in a position to offer consular assistance should you decide to remain there.
Travel after dark should be avoided, with the Kanyosha, Musaga, Mutakura, Kamenge, Cibitoke, Bwiza, Ngagara, Nyakabiga, Gatumba and Bujumbura-rural areas of Bujumbura being considered particularly dangerous at night.
All travel to the Provinces of Bubanza (including Rukoko Natural Park) and Cibitoke (including travelling by car along the R5 from Bujumbura to Bukavu) should be avoided.
Due to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, travellers arriving in Burundi may be subject to a health screening.
Because there is no resident Irish Embassy in Burundi, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, please contact our Embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania or the Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
The Belgian Embassy is able to provide consular assistance to Irish nationals. All visitors or long term residents should register with the Belgian Embassy: Boulevard de la Liberté, 9, Bujumbura; telephone: + 257 22 22 32 66 or + 257 22 22 61 76; email: Bujumbura@diplobel.fed.be.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:11:07 BST