Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked African country that gained its independence from France in 1960. It was renamed to Burkina Faso in order to reflect each of the two main languages spoken there, namely Mòoré and Dioula. Burkina Faso is understood to be the “Land of the honest people.” It has one of the lowest GDP rates per capita in the world, and one of the highest fertility rates at 5.93 children per woman. Slavery continues to this day in Burkina Faso. 

Burkina Faso Traditional Village

Expat Clubs

Ouagadougou Expat Association

This is a social networking and fun for English speakers in Ouagadougou. You can find kids camps, event listings and more on their Facebook page.


International Schools 

International School of Ouagadougou

The International School of Ouagadougou is a non-profit day school which offers an English language educational program to children in Pre-K through Grade 12 in Ouagadougou. Situated on the outskirts of the capital of Burkina Faso, we enjoy a family-supported learning community representing over 28 nationalities.

Curriculum: American

Address: ISO is located in the Zogona neighborhood of Ouagadougou (Secteur 13, Rue 13.22, Porte 612).

Tel: 226 50 36 21 43/ 50 36 13 50

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.iso.bf

Ecole Francaise Andre Malraux

The school is open to children of all nationalities. It is secular. Families must attend school provided a family book or an extract from full birth certificate in the name of the student, the book up to date vaccinations and, where appropriate the certificate of cancellation of the previous establishment and academic record.

Curriculum: French

Address: 01 BP 194 – Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Tel: 226 20 97 12 15

Website: www.ecolefrancaise-bobodioulasso.com/

Groupe Scolaire Les Laureats

The school's primary mission is to provide its students, regardless of their social, cultural or geographical background, a quality education based on the principles of equality, freedom and secularism.

Curriculum: French

Address: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Tel: 226 50 37 42 02

Website: http://www.leslaureats.net/

Lycee Saint Exupery Ouagadoudou

This is a French curriculum school that caters to both high school and primary school children in the heart of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

Curriculum: French

Address: 01 BP 1478 Ouagadougou 01 Burkina Faso


Tel: (226) 50 33 13 08 / 50 31 27 63 

Fax: (226) 50 31 01 43 

Email: [email protected]

Ecole Primaire:

Tel: (226) 50 33 32 40 

Fax: (226) 50 31 01 43

 Email: [email protected]

Website: www2.ac-toulouse.fr

Local News in English

IRIN humanitarian news and analysis

IRIN exists to make a difference. According to a 2008 survey by the global marketing research company ACNielsen, IRIN is the premier online humanitarian news source for people who describe themselves as having a "strong impact on humanitarian issues". Its reports are used directly in planning, advocacy and policy development.

Website: www.irinnews.org/country/bf/burkina-faso

All Africa

AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 2000 news and information items daily from over 130 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Lagos, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.

Website: allafrica.com/burkinafaso


Topix is the best place online to find out what's going on in your neighborhood, stories often ignored by news organizations. More than 450,0004 subjects of interest to your community are discussed daily on Topix, easily searchable by zip code.

Website: www.topix.net/world/burkina-faso

Country Information 

Location: Africa

Capital City: Ouagadougou

Currency: West African CFA Franc (CFA)

Language: French

Calling Code: +226

Internet TLD: .bf

Electricity: Société Nationale d'électricité du Burkina Faso

Address: 55 Avenue de la Nation

Tel: (226) 50 30 61 00/02/03/04

Fax: (226) 50 31 03 40

Email: [email protected]            

                Website: www.sonabel.bf

Emergency Numbers:   

                Police: 17

                Firemen: 18

Country Information


Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Getting a visa into Burkina Faso is relatively easy. People should apply online for their visa, and also to see if they are eligible. There are tourist visas available for Burkina Faso. US citizens can get up to 5 years multiple entry for just USD 140. Business visas should be applied for in the same way.

Documents required:
  • Valid Passport with at least one free page.
  • Two original application forms available online at burkina-faso.visahq.com/Burkina_Faso-Tourist-visa-application.pdf
  • Two recent photographs on a white or light background.
  • A letter from your employer stating your current position and purpose of travel to Burkina Faso.
  • For US Citizens – proof of residency.
  • Yellow fever vaccination is required for entry.


Expats generally live in the capital Ouagadougou. The accommodation is usually quite spacious in large Villas left by the French colonials who occupied this country in the sixties. If villa living is not your thing, then there are also a few apartments that you can find in the City that are available to expatriates. Housing of all sizes and kinds is available in Burkina Faso, however a house suited to expatriates will set you back between 500 and 1000 USD per month, depending on the size. It should be noted that kitchens, even the ones in the big mansions are quite decrepit, this is due to the fact that you are expected to have servants, even if you are in the lower middle class as you are providing a much needed job for someone. 

Driving License

If you are from the UK, you can drive in Burkina Faso using your UK driving license. With a few exceptions, roads are poor with few street lights. There is a risk of banditry and hitting stray livestock. Road conditions off the main roads are often difficult, especially in the rainy season (June-September). Vehicles do not always have headlights and are often in poor condition.

Stay on clearly marked roads or tracks and avoid minor roads in remote areas unless travelling in convoy. If you break down off a main road you may not be able to attract help. Carry drinking water with you.

For more information on Burkina Faso visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/burkina-faso/safety-and-security

If you are unsure whether it is legal for you to drive in Burkina Faso with your driving license, it is best to obtain an international driving permit before going to Burkina Faso.

You can rent a car in Burkina Faso, however driving in rural areas and at night is ill advised due to the high crime rate in the country. Always stick to well lit, maintained roads.

National Car rental

Remember, at National, all cars are priced, booked and controlled by car category, not by car make or model. Vehicle features, seating and luggage capacities are not guaranteed and are subject to manufacturer make and model. The indicated capacities should be used as a general guideline only.

Website: www.nationalcar.com/fleet.do?countryId=BF

Avis Car Rental

Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and its subsidiaries operate one of the world’s leading car rental brands, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at approximately 2,200 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American / Caribbean region, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Website: www.avis.com/car-rental/location/AFR/UV/Ouagadougou


The healthcare system in Burkina Faso leaves much to be desired and expats are encouraged to have an international health insurance plan which will cover any eventuality including medical evacuation. Recently the government has tried to improve the healthcare facilities by upgrading the facilities and skills in the healthcare sector.

Many of the clinics and hospitals do not have a webpage; you will have to rely on other expats and locals for their recommendation of the best doctors, clinics and hospitals.

Hospitals and health centres

Polyclinique Notre Dame de la Paix

Professional Civil Society Doctors opened the clinic in January 2007. The clinic has a good reputation among expatriates and is covered by international insurance.

Address: 01 BP 5666 Ouagadougou 01, Area 24, Area Somgandin about 1500 meters from the Hotel Sofitel SILMANDE

Tel: +226 50 35 71 06 / +226 50 35 61 53 / +226 50 35 61 55

Website: www.pndp.bf

Policlinique du Centre

Address: 01 BP 403 Ouagadougou

Tel: 226 50 31 37 78 (+226-50 31 37 78)

Hôpital National Blaise Compaoré  Ouagadougou

Tel: (226) 50 50 96 62 / 50 50 96 65 / 50 50 96 66   

Centre Hospitalier National Yalgado Ouédraogo de Ouagadougou 

Address: 03 BP: 7022 Ouagadougou 03

Tel: + 226 50311655/56/57

Email: [email protected] and [email protected]

Website: chuyobf.org

Centre Hospitalier Pédiatrique Charles de Gaulle de Ouagadougou  

Address: sector 28 at the intersection of General Charles de Gaulle Avenue and boulevard Tansoba

Tel: + 226

Hôpital St Camille, Ouagadougou

Tel: + 226 50 36 30 56

Email: [email protected]   

Centre médical protestant Schiphra, Ouagadougou

Tel: + 226 50 30 09 86

Centre médical avec Antenne chirurgical du secteur 30, Ouagadougou

Tel: + 226 50 37 04 82

Centre médico-social de l’Ambassade de France, Ouagadougou

Tel: + 226 50 30 66 07

Centre Médical Paul VI, Ouagadougou

Tel: +226 50350065

Clinique Cemmatra

Address: Bobo-Dioulasso

Tel: 226 97 49 49

Clinique St. Leopold

Address: Bobo-Dioulasso

Tel: 226 97 54 12

For more information please visit: http://en.aubergelecailcedrat.com/list-of-health-facilities_3712882.html