Burkina Faso

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is a landlocked country in west Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the southwest. The country's capital is Ouagadougou. Its size is 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) with an estimated population of more than 15,757,000. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on 4 August 1984, by President Thomas Sankara, to mean "the land of upright people" in Mòoré and Dioula, the major native languages of the country. Figuratively, "Burkina" may be translated, "men of integrity", from the Mòoré language, and "Faso" means "father's house" in Dioula. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabè ( /bərˈkiːnəbeɪ/ bər-kee-nə-bay). Burkina Faso was populated between 14,000 and 5000 BC by hunter-gatherers in the country's northwestern region. Farm settlements appeared between 3600 and 2600 BC. What is now central Burkina Faso was principally composed of Mossi kingdoms. These Mossi Kingdoms would become a French protectorate in 1896. After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes until arriving at its current form, a semi-presidential republic. The president is Blaise Compaoré. It is a member of the African Union, Community of Sahel-Saharan States, La Francophonie, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Economic Community of West African States.

Currency Franco CFA
Country code 00226
Spoken languages ​​ French

Passport: needed, with residual validity of at least six months from the time of entry into the country, however, extended to the entire duration of your stay. For any changes to this rule, we recommend that you inquire beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy or at your travel agent


Except for some private health facilities of good quality present in Ouagadougou, the hygienic conditions are lacking and healthcare facilities are generally low. In the capital Ouagadougou has primarily supplies pharmacies French medicines. We recommend, however, arriving in the country equipped with essential medicines. In case of serious health problems is always required medical evacuation. We recommend that you take out before undertaking the journey, providing health insurance coverage, medical expenses, even if air emergency medical repatriation or transfer in any other country. There are numerous endemic diseases, especially in rural areas (cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, etc.). Malaria is spread over the entire territory and in some cases is particularly severe and resistant to chlorine quinine. Prophylaxis, medical opinion is recommended even if not efficient in all cases, which is why the precautionary measures are necessary. We recommend that you first consult a travel expert in tropical medicine doctor and take medicine to fight effectively in case of malaria infections (Riamet). We recommend that you also take while staying at home preventative measures against mosquito bites, listed under the heading "FOCUS" on the home page of this site. We recommend anyway, after consulting a doctor, vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, tetanus and measles and, above all, against meningitis (mentioned in recent 5 years outbreaks have occurred that have affected almost the entire Country). Spread HIV/AIDS, especially among the young population and urban environments. WARNINGS We recommend that you: -avoid eating raw foods; -wash and disinfect thoroughly fruits and vegetables; -drinking water and bottled drinks without ice, add; -make use of repellents and wearing clothes that cover most of the body especially during evening and night hours. Due to the presence of avian influenza cases, we do not recommend to go to markets, farms or other places where you may come into contact with the birds and still make sure that dishes of chicken and eggs are properly cooked.


EUROPEAN COMMISSION DELEGATION IN BURKINA FASO Avenue Kwamé N'Krumah 01 BP 352 Ouagadougou 01 Tel: (226) Fax: (226) Email : delegation-burkina-faso@ec.europa.eu


Typically Sahel climate characterised by a single short rainy season which runs from June to September, when the average temperature is about 30 degrees. During the months of October and November the temperature rises as the climate gets drier. The months of December and January are characterized by the Harmattan (desert wind): sand storms are possible, the temperature decreases considerably, especially at night. From February to may the climate is always dry and increasingly high temperatures until it reaches the 40/45° c in the months of April and may. We recommend light clothes and fresh.


Car insurance Rc to do border. Temporary importation of vehicles The carnet is required by Customs passage for vehicles imported temporarily.

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