Burkina Faso

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

South Africa and Burkina Faso established non-resident diplomatic relations in May 1995. The Burkina Faso non-resident Ambassador for South Africa is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Burkina Faso

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Burkina Faso Representation in South Africa

H E Mr O Maiga
High Commissioner Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

Burkina Fasio Embassy

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

A visa is required for all South African passport holders travelling to Burkina Faso. For more information on costs and requirements, please contact the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Pretoria:


767 Justice Mohamed Street
P O Box 13710
South Africa 

Telephone · (+27) 12 346 2704/ 12 346 6205

Fax · (+27) 12 346 6003

E-mail: ambabfpretoria07@gmail.com

Visa Requirements for Burkinabe travelling to South Africa

A visa is required for all Burkinabe passport holders travelling to South Africa. For more information on costs and requirements, please contact the Embassy of South Africa in Ouagadougo.


Pascal Zagre – Ouaga2000
Rue de badnogo – Villa N 149; 12BP:296
Ouagadougou 12
Burkina Faso

Telephone · (+226) 25 37 60 98

Fax · (+226) 25 37 60 97

Email: saemb.ouaga@dirco.gov.za

Office Hours

Monday to Thursday


08h00 – 17h00



08h00 – 13h00

Health requirements

A valid international health certificate proving vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory and required for entry into Burkina Faso.

It should be noted that malaria is high-risk all year round in Burkina Faso.

The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Burkina Faso: hepatitis Ahepatitis Btyphoidcholerayellow feverrabiesmeningitispoliomeasles, mumps and rubella (MMR),Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)chickenpoxshinglespneumonia and influenza.

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for travel to all regions, both foreign and domestic. Please check for updated COVID-19 entry requirements into Burkina Faso with the Burkinabe Embassy in Pretoria.

For further information go to Travellers' Health.


Due to its geographical position, Burkina Faso is characterized by a dry tropical climate which alternates between a short rainy season and a long dry season. Burkina Faso's climate is prone to strong seasonal rains and annual variation due to its location in the hinterland and within the confines of the Sahara. In the dry season, the harmattan – a hot dry wind from the Sahara – blows. The rainy season lasts approximately four months, May/June to September, and is shorter in the north of the country.

For up-to-date weather information click here.


The people of Burkina Faso use the West African CFA Franc; known colloquially as the Franc.

For current exchange rates information click here.


French is the official language, although it is not widely spoken. Moore, the language of the Mossi, is spoken by a great majority of the population, and Dyula is widely used in commerce.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Statistics

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Burkina Faso, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No information

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