Travelling to Burundi
Burundi is one of the smallest countries. But it is also one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. The capital is Bujumbura and the whole country is so compact that nearly all of it is accessible by road.
There is a wide range of geographical features in Burundi including riverbeds, mountains and plateaus. The plateaus are home to cultivate farms and other agriculture such as coffee and tea.
You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. .
Hepatitis A vaccine
This vaccine is recommended because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water , regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Yellow fever vaccination
Yellow fever vaccination is required for arriving travelers from all countries if traveler is ≥1 year of age.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water . This vaccine is recommended for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Stay Healthy and Safe
Eat and drink safely
The choice of food in Burundi can appear limited at first, but the cuisine is, in fact, both varied and flavoursome. Most food is boiled, stewed or roasted over a wood fire. Staple ingredients include plantains, sweet potatoes, cassava, peas and maize. Stewed beans are traditionally eaten at least once a day, while meat (mainly chicken and goat) is only rarely consumed.
- Food of your choice either raw or cooked
- Fruits and vegetables, you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
- Pasteurized dairy products
- Food which is not well prepared
- Eat food without washing hands
- Unwashed or unpeeled fruits or vegetables
- Water that has been disinfected
- Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
- Carbonated drinks
- Hot coffee or tea
- Pasteurized milk
- Water which has not been boiled or disinfected
- Unpasteurized milk
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.
Avoid sharing body fluids
- Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit and semen.
- Protect yourself.
- Use latex condoms correctly.
- Do not inject drugs.
- Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
- Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
- If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.
Know how to get medical care while travelling
Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise;
- Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
- Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
- Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies and the generic names of any medications you take.
- Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Burundi embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
- Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available on their website (www.jointcommissioninternational.org)
Malaria is a risk in Burundi. Fill your malaria prescription before you leave and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills.
Burundi: Officially the Republic of Burundi (Kirundi: Republika y'Uburundi, [buˈɾundi]; French: République du Burundi, [buʁundi] or [byʁyndi]), is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. It is also considered part of Central Africa. Burundi's capital is Bujumbura. The southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.
Joined EAC: July 2007
The country hosts the East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC), an institution of the Community which coordinates and promotes the conduct of health research in order to improve the health and well-being of the peoples of the Community.