Staying in Burundi

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With the exception of nationals of the East African Community and the DRC, all foreigners wishing to visit Burundi must have a visa. The application for a residence visa is made at any Embassy of Burundi or at the International Airport of Bujumbura. For people already in the country, the steps are made directly to the Police of Air, Borders and Foreigners (PAFE). Different types of visas can be obtained:

Documents required for obtaining a residence visa

Documents to be provided to the Embassy of Burundi for obtaining a tourist or business visa are:

• A valid passport for at least 6 months;

• 3 identity photographs;

• A copy of the return tickets or a confirmation of itinerary;

• A copy of the yellow fever vaccination certificate;

• A booking confirmation for the hotel;

• A letter from the company to the Burundi consulate confirming the invitation, in case of a business visit.

Work permit

Any foreigner employed in Burundi must have a work permit. This document is obtained from the Immigration Office. The required procedure is as follows:

• Send an application for a work permit to the General Commissioner of PAFE;

• Once the authorization has been issued, send the employment contract and an extract of the criminal record to PAFE;

• Make payment of US $ 500 and deposit an amount of US $ 1,500 to a Commercial Bank of Burundi to obtain a 2-year renewable visa (see above) and the work permit.


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