Burkina Faso – Travel Safety Alert

by Wayne Ghesquiere on April 18, 2011

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Burkina Faso due to the unpredictable security situation. Civil unrest and demonstrations have been occurring in Burkina Faso since February 2011. Some demonstrations have led to violence, looting, and clashes between police and demonstrators. A 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is currently in effect in Ouagadougou. The airport is closed during curfew hours. Since March 23, 2011, soldiers have also been demonstrating in the streets of Ouagadougou and other cities throughout the country. These soldiers are armed and have been firing shots into the air. Commercial flights may be disrupted. Travellers should verify their flight schedule before departure. Canadians should be vigilant and avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings as they can become violent without notice. They should also monitor local news, follow the advice of local authorities, and contact the Embassy of Canada for additional information and assistance.

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