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Burundi

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Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a small sovereign state, located in the landlocked Great Lakes region of East Africa. It borders Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the south and east, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.

Capital: Gitega

Currency: Burundian Franc

Official languages: Kirundi, French, English

Population: 12.55 million (2021) World Bank

 

Economic solvency test

You must provide a recent bank statement that proves sufficient funds for the trip and, where appropriate, the inviter’s bank statement.

 

Yellow fever vaccination

Copy of the yellow fever vaccination certificate.

What to know before you travel..


History

The first evidence of the existence of the state of Burundi appears in the 16th century, it was a reign of the Tutsi population that gradually expanded from the eastern hills. The style of government was feudal, the kings gave protection in exchange for tributes.

In 1899 Burundi became part of German East Africa, although this did not end the Kings of Burundi.

After being a German and Belgian colony after the Second World War, Burundi achieved its independence in 1962.

Since then, the country has been the scene of coups, massacres and violence between the Hutu and the Tutsi. The Tutsi, a minority that obtains the best positions in society, and the Hutu, the discriminated majority.

In 1972 and 1973 the Tutsi government committed genocide, killing some 200,000 Hutus and expelling 85,000 from the country. Between 1993 and 2005 there was a civil war caused by the rebellion of the Hutus against the Tutsi who oppressed them even though they were a minority.

Currently the country is in turmoil with protests against the government, there are fears of another coup d’état, a fight between the two ethnic groups and the displacement of a lot of refugees to neighboring countries.

 

Passport

 The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.

 You must send your original passport.

 Have at least one blank page for the visa.

 

Photographs

Two passport size photographs.

The photographs must be originals and be printed on photographic paper have white background recent. Have been taken in the last 6 months

 

Confirmation trip reservations

You must provide a copy of the flight reservation and a copy of the confirmed hotel reservation.

 

Invitation letter

If you are staying with family or friends, an invitation letter that meets the following requirements:

 Include full address and contact details

 Specify the duration of the trip

 Specify the applicant’s full name, address and telephone number in Spain

 Indicate the passport number and the date of issue

 Be signed by the person inviting

With the accompanying letter, a photocopy of your identity document, if the inviter is a foreigner, a photocopy of your passport and a photocopy of your residence document in Burundi

 

Travel assistance insurance

Original of the travel assistance insurance policy where it is stated that the insurance company has coverage in Burundi, covers the entire time of stay in this country and covers the repatriation of the insured and their medical assistance with a minimum of 10,000 euros.

 

Application form

Two copies of the visa application form duly completed and signed

The forms must be completed in French only.

 

Security

The security situation in Burundi and the political situation remain tense and the risk of violent incidents persists. Due to this, as well as the increase in the crime rate (including grenade attacks, violent crimes, kidnappings and armed robbery, among others), it is suggested to take precautions.

Particularly dangerous and should be avoided are the border areas with the DRC, Cibitoke and Bubanza provinces, Ruvubu National Park and Kibira National Park.

 

Currency

The Burundian franc is the legal tender of Burundi. It is divided into 100 cents, although fractional coins or bills have never been issued.

In general, it is best to carry Burundian francs in cash when traveling to Burundi, as most places do not accept other foreign currencies. Although some major hotels can accept credit cards, their use is generally very limited in the country.

As mentioned above, the use of credit cards in Burundi is very limited. If you decide to use a credit card, it’s important to note that there may be risks associated with its use. Credit card transactions can be vulnerable to fraud, and unauthorized charges to tourists’ credit cards are not uncommon.

If you decide to use a credit card, be sure to tell your bank beforehand about your trip. This will allow them to monitor transactions and prevent any suspicious transactions on your card.

 

Internet

Compared to the world average, Burundi lags behind massively in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +257 there were a total of 7.76 million connections in 2021. Among them were 7.74 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.62 per person.

The main challenge is the lack of reliable electricity. Burundi’s electrical grid is unreliable and prone to outages, making it difficult to maintain a constant supply of electricity to the internet infrastructure. This has resulted in poor connection speeds and slow data transfers.

Finally, Burundi’s limited resources have made it difficult to expand its Internet infrastructure. The country’s limited budget means it cannot invest in the necessary technology and infrastructure.

Despite the challenges, the Burundian government is committed to providing Internet access to its citizens. The country is taking steps to improve its infrastructure, increase access and reduce the cost of Internet access. With the right investment and support, Burundi can continue to make progress in providing its citizens with the internet access they need.

 

Voltage

Voltage: 220V

Frequency: 50Hz

Pegs: Type C / E

 

Climate

Climate zone: Tropics

The climate in Burundi is very warm, with an annual average of 29 degrees, but it has few truly tropical and muggy months. It’s hot all year. Due to the drier season, the best time to travel is from June to August. Most of the precipitation falls from October to January.

 

Food

The common ingredients in Burundian cuisine are varied. Vegetable dish components are plantain, beans, cabbage, cassava, grains, plantains, sorghum, sweet potato, etc. Meat cupels are chicken, goat, sheep, and fish. Spices and seasonings spotted on the dishes are onion, palm oil, pepper, and salt, along with flour.

Red bean is Burundi’s most popular ingredient. In fact, it is mixed with green plantains flavored with salt and pepper to form the national delicacy plantain and bean. Cooking is done simply with oil and onions. The dish is perfectly served together with beer or banana wine in a communal container.

Other traditional meal servings include Boko Boko Harees (chicken and wheat), ugali (corn starch paste), date and banana mix (banana, dates, butter, cream, sugar, etc.). Additionally, dishes of foreign origin consist of Asian chapati bread (flour, salt, oil, and water), as well as Belgian skewers and French fries.

 

Language

The most common languages ​​in Burundi are Kirundi, French and Swahili.

 

Religion

More than 60% of Burundi’s inhabitants are Catholic.