Burkina Faso destination information

All you need to know before visiting Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso summary

Burkina Faso is a medium sized country with around 19M Burkinabe. Official language is French. Burkina Faso uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+00:00. Currency used in Burkina Faso is West African CFA franc (XOF).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 186
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 168

ATMs in Burkina Faso are Rare. Internet speed in Burkina Faso is on average 0.6 Mbps.

🏙️ Ouagadougou
🗣️ Fula French
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 19M ☀️ ~28 °C 🌧 ~67 mm 👍 Least Developed 🚩 273k km2 (105k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

Burkina Faso uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.

Languages 🗣️

  • Fula
  • French


Currency 💱

100 XOF = 0.17 USD

Burkina Faso uses the West African CFA franc (symbol: Fr), code XOF.Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000 and 500 francs. Franc is subdivided into 100 centimes. Coins come in denominations of 500, 250, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 francs.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are rare in Burkina Faso. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Burkina Faso uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Burkina Faso upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

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Calling ☎️


To call Burkina Faso, dial +, then 226 (the country code for Burkina Faso), then the area code and the local number.


For local calls within Burkina Faso, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 20 .

international: + 226 20 1234567
calling local: 20 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Burkina Faso is on average 0.6 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Burkina Faso is very low. It's quite hard to find one.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 5,642.33 XOF, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Orange, Telecel Faso or Telmob (by ONATEL).


Rules 🚗

Limits 🚦


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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