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All About the Burundi Visa
This tiny African country with tall peaks and idyllic lakes has been marked by internal conflict throughout the 21st century, so we recommend you look into the latest advice issued by your government on travelling here before booking your flights.
Are you thinking of visiting Burundi? On this page, you can find everything you need to know about Burundi’s entry policies.
To visit the country for tourism, different regulations apply to different nationalities. That being said, the vast majority of nationalities, including the USA, the UK, and all of Europe, will need to get a standard visa to enter the country, issued by an embassy prior to arrival.
In 2015, a Visa on Arrival (VoA) system was reinstated. This means that 17 countries, including Egypt, Seychelles and Zimbabwe, can obtain a travel permit from Bujumbura Airport if you are travelling on duty.
What’s more, citizens of 6 neighbouring countries, including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, can visit for 90 days without needing a travel permit.
Read on to find out which policies apply to your passport and what you need to do to visit this country.
- 1 What Is the Difference Between a Burundi Visa on Arrival vs a Standard Tourist Visa?
- 2 Burundi Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 3 Burundi Visa Application Process
- 4 Burundi Visa Application Form and Documents
- 5 Burundi Visa Status Check
- 6 How Much Does a Burundi Visa Cost?
- 7 More Burundi Visa Questions and Information
What Is the Difference Between a Burundi Visa on Arrival vs a Standard Tourist Visa?
There are a handful of countries that are eligible for a VoA. However, to obtain this permit you must first get an entry authorisation letter issued by the authorities of Burundi. The letter is to certify that you are travelling to Burundi on duty, so you won’t be able to get one if you are visiting as a tourist.
Once you have this paper, you can fly to Bujumbura Airport and show them the letter in order to get a VoA. With the VoA, you can stay in the country for up to 30 days. Moreover, diplomatic passport holders can get a 30-day VoA without the authorisation letter.
On the other hand, most nationalities will need to get a standard visa to enter the country, which can be obtained from one of Burundi’s diplomatic missions worldwide. In this case, you will be able to choose between a 30-day and a 90-day travel permit.
Finally, if you are from one of the lucky countries that is visa-exempt, you will be able to travel to Burundi with only a passport, and you can stay for up to 90 days!
Burundi Visa Requirements and Eligibility
In this section, we classify which nationalities are eligible for the different types of entry pass for Burundi.
You will find several lists with all the countries worldwide, so all you need to do is find your passport nationality and verify which category it falls under: visa-exempt, VoA or standard tourist visa.
List of visa-exempt countries
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Sudan
As well as diplomatic and service passport holders from:
In addition, the United Arab Emirates is soon to join this list.
List of countries eligible for a VoA
These nationalities can obtain a Visa on Arrival with a passport issued by COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa):
- Congo DR
List of countries that require a standard embassy visa
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central Africa Republic
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Burundi Visa Application Process
There are 2 types of application process, depending on which entry policies apply to you:
If you can get a VoA, then the process is very simple and straightforward. You will first need to get an authorisation letter from the embassy before your trip. Then, once you arrive at Bujumbura airport, simply show the letter to the authorities to be granted a VoA.
If you require a travel document from the embassy, you may be able to either submit your application and collect your approved document in person or do it by post. Please note that the postal service may not be available in every country, so it is essential you check with your nearest embassy whether this option is available.
No matter whether you are applying by post or in person, the process is the same:
- Collect all the required documents (see section below).
- Print and complete the application form.
- Submit your application at the embassy or send it to the embassy by post (don’t forget to include a pre-paid return envelope).
- Wait for your application to be processed.
- Collect your application from the embassy or receive it in the post.
To help you further, here is a list of the Burundi diplomatic missions worldwide, where you can obtain a travel document.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo – Kinshasa
- Egypt – Cairo
- Ethiopia – Addis Ababa
- Kenya – Nairobi
- Morocco – Rabat, Laayoune
- Nigeria – Abuja
- Rwanda – Kigali
- Somalia – Mogadishu
- South Africa – Pretoria
- Tanzania – Dar es Salaam, Kigoma
- Uganda – Kampala
- Zambia – Lusaka
- Brazil – Brasilia
- United States – Washington, D.C.
- China – Beijing
- India – New Delhi
- Saudi Arabia – Riyadh
- Turkey – Ankara
- United Arab Emirates – Dubai
- Qatar – Doha
- Belgium – Brussels
- France – Paris
- Germany – Berlin
- Italy – Rome
- Netherlands – The Hague
- Russia – Moscow
- United Kingdom – London
You can find more details on our embassies finder page.
Burundi Visa Application Form and Documents
Before you submit your application, read this section carefully to find out exactly what information and documents you will need to provide.
Here is a checklist of all the documents you will need to submit as part of your application:
- A completed and signed application form.
- 2 passport-size photos with a white background.
- A copy of your passport.
- Your original passport, valid for at least 6 months.
- Flight confirmation.
- Accommodation bookings.
- A prepaid self-addressed return envelope (if applying by post).
- Fee payment slips.
- An invitation letter by family members or friends (if applicable).
- Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
In addition, you must ensure your passport has 6 months validity remaining on it, as well as 2 blank pages.
The application form is a simple 1-page document requesting your personal details and general information about your trip.
- Your surname
- Your given names
- Your gender
- Your marital status
- Your nationality
- Your date of birth
- Your country of residency
- Your home address
- Your profession
- Passport number
- Issue date
- Issue place
- Expiry date
- Reason for your trip (e.g. tourism, studies, visiting family etc.)
- Date of entry
- Length of stay
- Place of entry into the country
- Date of entry into the country
- Whether you will be entering once or multiple times
- References in Burundi
- Address in Burundi
- Basic details regarding any previous trips to the country
Follow this link to download the English PDF of the application form from the website of the Burundi Embassy in Washington D.C: Burundi visa application
Burundi Visa Status Check
Once you have submitted your application, you will need a little patience while the document is being processed. If 15 working days have passed and you haven’t received the approved document or any news, you can contact the embassy directly to find out the status of your application.
The best thing to do is to visit the website of the embassy you applied with and look for their contact information. You should be able to find a contact form, phone number, email address or all of the above.
How Much Does a Burundi Visa Cost?
The cost of a Burundi visa will vary depending on the length of time you will be spending in the country. The fees are as follows:
- 30-day visa – 70 USD
- 90-day visa – 220 USD
Additionally, if you are applying through an agency or third party, you will likely need to pay an additional service fee.
Some embassies have a payment system set up on their website, while in other countries you will likely need to do a bank transfer and submit the payment slip together with your application.
More Burundi Visa Questions and Information
There you have it! Everything you need to know before setting off on your trip to Burundi. In case you have any doubts about the entry policies to this country, we have put together this list of our most frequently asked questions.