Visas


An entry visa is required of all non-residents to Burkina Faso, with the exception of member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Once you are officially registered for the SAM and have paid the fee, you will receive your entry ticket by email. Then, you can begin making visa arrangements. There are 3 options on how to proceed with the visa process:


1. You are a Burkinabe citizen: you do NOT need a visa to take part in the SAM.

 

2. You are a member state of the ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone or Togo)you do NOT need a visa to take part in the SAM.


3. You are neither Burkinabe nor a member state of the ECOWAS: you need a visa. There are two options to proceed with the visa process:​

  • You live in a country with a Burkina Faso embassy: following your registration and payment, you will receive an invitation letter by email within 2 to 3 working days. You will then have to go to the Burkinabe embassy in your country to ask for your visa. Remember to bring with you:
    - your invitation letter
    - your entrance ticket for the SAM
    - a valid passport for at least 6 months
    - 2 handwritten visa application forms, which you can either fill in on site or download in advance from your embassy's website
    - 2 passport photos (scanned photos are not accepted)
  • Visa application forms can be sent by registered post to the embassy of your country, which declines any responsibility in case of delay or loss of your file.
  • You live in a country without a Burkina Faso embassy:
    • Either, you can apply for a visa at a Burkina Faso embassy in a neighbouring country to that of your residence;
    • Or, apply for a visa when you arrive at Ouagadougou airport. To do this, you will need your invitation letter (which you will receive within 2 to 3 working days following your payment), your entry ticket to the SAM and your hotel reservation;
      IMPORTANT: for all these countries that do not have a Burkinabe embassy, a procedure has been set up with the Burkina Faso authorities to issue participants with a pre-authorization letter facilitating boarding procedures and enabling them to obtain their visas more quickly upon their arrival at Ouagadougou airport.


For example, residents of Luxembourg: you can apply for your visa at the Burkina Faso embassy in Brussels, by completing the following document. You must have 2 passport photos. Alternatively, you could apply for your visa at the Ouagadougou airport upon your arrival

For example, residents of France: you can apply for your visa at the Burkina Faso embassy in Paris, by filling out the following form, or at a Burkina Faso embassy in a neighbouring country. Alternatively, you could apply for your visa at the Ouagadougou airport upon your arrival.

To find out if your country of residence has a Burkina Faso embassy: https://www.embassypages.com​


Cost of the visa (short stay between 1 and 90 days, one single entry)
- prior request: 70€ (about 46,000 XOF)
- request at Ouagadougou airport: 140€ (about 94,000 XOF)

Time limit for obtaining a visa
The average time to obtain a visa is 5 working days. However, you are invited to start the process as soon as possible after receiving your invitation letter, or at the latest 3 weeks before your departure.

Formalities at Ouagadougou airport
When you arrive at Ouagadougou airport, you will need to fill in an international embarcation / disembarcation card provided by the local authorities, asking you, among other things, to provide your contact details, the duration and purpose of your stay, as well as your address in Burkina Faso. This same document will have to be completed when you return.

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