BURKINA FASO

BURKINA FASO

BURKINA FASO

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– No current scheduled consular closures.
CONSULAR CLOSURES
THE EMBASSY OF BURKINA FASO IN BRUSSELS IS CLOSED:
No current scheduled consular closures
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Name: Domes of Fabedougou
Location: Comoé Province, Burkina Faso
TBC
Name: Grande Mosquée de Bobo-Dioulasso
Location: Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
TBC
Name: Ouagadougou Cathedral
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ouagadougou in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. It was built in the 1930s, by apostolic vicar Joanny Thévenoud from the White Fathers, at the time of French North Africa, and was dedicated on 19 January 1936, after a two-year construction. Behind the cathedral, near the carpark is an altar dedicated to Mary, Ave Maria, with a statue of the Virgin in a carved stone arch.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouagadougou_Cathedral
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New York: TBC
Washington DC: TBC

COUNTRY INFORMATION GUIDE
PLEASE SEE BELOW FACTS, USEFUL US GOVERNMENT TRAVEL LINKS AND BUSINESS VISITOR ACTIVITIES, FOR TRAVEL TO BURKINA FASO.
FACTS:
Official Languages: French
Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Time zone: GMT (UTC)
Drives on the right
Calling code: +226
Local / up-to-date weather in Ouagadougou (and other regions): BBC global weather – click here
US GOVT TRAVEL LINKS:

For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Burkina Faso travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Burkina Faso, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

BUSINESS VISITOR ACTIVITIES*:
Activities you may undertake on a business visa / as a business visitor:
PERMISSIBLE
ATTENDING MEETINGS / DISCUSSIONS: TBC
ATTENDING A CONFERENCE: TBC
RECEIVING TRAINING (CLASSROOM-BASED): TBC
NON-PERMISSIBLE
AUDIT WORK: TBC
PROVIDING TRAINING: TBC
PROJECT WORK: TBC
*This information does not constitute legal advice and is not an exhaustive list. For a full legal assessment on business visitor activities, please revert to your internal company legal team / counsel.
TRAVEL INFORMATION**
It is highly recommenced that you access the above official US travel.state.gov web link and read all safety & security information prior to making your travel arrangements / planning your trip.
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The currency of the country is the West African CFA franc, denoted CFA (ISO currency code: XOF). It’s also used by seven other West African countries. It is interchangeable at par with the Central African CFA franc (XAF), which is used by six countries. Both currencies are fixed at a rate of 1 euro = 655.957 CFA francs.

ATMs:

  • In general, most bank machines will accept Master Card and Visa cards, with a PIN. Make sure you have a PIN for your credit card in order to access money from the bank machines.
  • Ecobank ATMs in Burkina Faso will let you withdraw cash with a Visa card or MasterCard.

There are buses and vans (cars) to Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo. There is a train service for the Abidjan-Banfora-Bobo-Ouaga route. Hitchhiking is not common. Rent a bike (~ CFA3000) or a moto (~ CFA6,000) to get around locally.

BY CAR:

Even wealthy Burkinabé who own cars do not use them to travel between major cities, but opt for buses instead. The major routes between Ouagadougou and other cities are in good condition; taxi drivers can be erratic.

Any run-of-the-mill Burkinabé restaurant will most certainly have one or all of the following:

Tô = a millet or corn flour based jello-like dish served with a sauce. Sauces commonly are okra-based (fr. “sauce gumbo” – tends to be on the viscous-side), peanut-based (fr. “sauce arachide”), baobab-leaf-based (not bad tasting, but very slimy), or sorrel-based (fr. “oseille”, another green-leaf, a little sour).

You eat this dish by breaking off some tô with a spoon (or, if you want to go local and your hands are washed, use your finger – just remember to use always the right hand, as the left hand is considered “unclean” because it is used for bathroom purposes) and dipping it into the sauce. Definitely an acquired taste.

Foufou = a pizza dough-like ball of starch served with a sauce. Made by pounding boiled ignames (sort of a super-sized version of a yucca-potato hybrid, called Yams in English). The sauce is usually tomato-based. Eaten in the same manner as tô.

Ragout d’Igname = boiled igname in a tomato sauce. A beef and yam stew.

Riz Gras = Rice cooked in tomato sauce and flavored stock, often with onion. Sometimes served with extra sauce on top, but not a given.

Riz Sauce (Rice and sauce) = Pretty self-explanatory. White rice usually served with a tomato or peanut sauce.

Spaghetti = Usually spaghetti is served au gras as opposed to spaghetti sauce.

Haricots verts = Green-beans, usually from a can, with tomato sauce.

Petits pois = Green peas, usually from a can, with tomato sauce.

Soupe = usually chicken (fr. “poulet”), guinea fowl (fr. “pintade”) or fish (fr. “poisson”).

Salade = a salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and onion with a mayonnaise-based dressing (mayo, vinegar, salt, pepper).

A Burkina specialty is “Poulet Telévisé” aka televised chicken, or roast chicken, since many locals say if you watch the roaster it is like watching TV!

Snacks:

  • Beignets = (mooré samsa) fried bean flour
  • Fried ignames, patate douce (sweet potato french fries)
  • Alloco = Bbq’d plantains
  • Brochettes = bbq’d meat sticks, or liver, or tripe, or intestines
  • Porc au four = baked greasy pork bits served with hot sauce (fr. “piment”), salt, and if you are lucky, mustard. Best enjoyed with a Flag beer (to make “champagne”, add some tonic)
  • Gateau = fried dough. Comes in all sorts of varieties, best when fresh.

DRINK:

  • Bisap = cold sweet tea made of the fleshy calyces of roselle (a kind of hibiscus), sometimes enhanced with mint and/or ginger (XOF25-50)
  • Yamoku, or Gingembre = sweet ginger drink (XOF25-50)
  • Toédo, or Pain de singe = sweet and “smoothie-like” in texture. Made from baobab fruit.
  • Dégué = sweet yoghurt mixed with millet balls, sometimes couscous.
  • Dolo = sorghum beer.
People go en repos from noon until around 15:00. Don’t expect to get much done around this time. Formal businesses are often closed at this time as well.
**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso
TOP ATTRACTIONS
PLEASE CLICK / HOVER ON THE IMAGES BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Name: Domes of Fabedougou
Location: Comoé Province, Burkina Faso
TBC
Name: Grande Mosquée de Bobo-Dioulasso
Location: Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
TBC
Name: Ouagadougou Cathedral
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ouagadougou in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. It was built in the 1930s, by apostolic vicar Joanny Thévenoud from the White Fathers, at the time of French North Africa, and was dedicated on 19 January 1936, after a two-year construction. Behind the cathedral, near the carpark is an altar dedicated to Mary, Ave Maria, with a statue of the Virgin in a carved stone arch.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouagadougou_Cathedral
FLIGHT TIMES / MAJOR CITIES
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New York: TBC
Washington DC: TBC

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