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27 Nov 2019 | 05:12 AM UTC

Burkina Faso: New travel advisory issued by US government

The US government advises its nationals to avoid all travel to the country due to increased security risks

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Event

On Tuesday, November 26, the US Department of State updated its Burkina Faso travel advisory. It now advises its citizens to avoid traveling to the country, due to the increased insecurity prevailing in the area.

Context

Terrorism has become an increasingly severe security threat in Burkina Faso since 2015. Educational institutions, local government officials, and security forces are specifically targeted. Initially concentrated in the Sahel region, attacks have spread to other regions. Attacks are usually attributed to Ansarul Islam and other groups affiliated with Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

On July 13, the government extended a state of emergency, which was declared in January for 14 provinces, to remain in effect until January 12, 2020.

Advice

Due to the severe threats of terrorism and kidnapping, individuals present in Burkina Faso - including in the capital Ouagadougou - are strongly advised to be discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times, and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.