Burundi: Travel update

If you don’t have an essential reason to stay in Burundi, you should leave if the opportunity arises to do so safely by commercial means.

On 2 November President Nkurunziza issued a public warning to Burundian citizens who had weapons illegally to surrender them within 5 days or they would be ‘punished in accordance with the anti terrorist law and fought like enemies of the nations.’ Security forces have authorisation from 9 November to use all means at their disposal to find weapons and re-establish security.

This is likely to involve extensive police operations and house-to-house searches. There’s a possibility of unrest from 8 November onwards. You should take extra care, avoid any large public gatherings and leave the area if there’s any unrest.

Burundi has experienced political instability since President Nkrunziza was inaugurated for a controversial third term in August 2015. There have been violent incidents in some parts of Bujumbura city, including shootings. You should limit your movements, avoid large gatherings and remain vigilant at all times.

Remember to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

 

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK