Consular FAQs

Why should I register with the consulate?

The vast majority of Burkinabés who travel abroad every day encounter no difficulties. However, because of our missions, we are able to assist Burkinabés who have become victims of crime, accidents, illness, death, natural or man-made disasters, civil unrest, or whose family or next-of-kin need to contact them in an emergency.

Registration for a Consular Card through this website is not considered proof of Burkina Faso citizenship. If you apply for any service from the Embassy or Consulate while abroad, you will be asked by staff to provide proof of Burkina Faso citizenship, such as a passport or identity card.

By registering your trip online you assist with location services in the event of an emergency, verifying your status and liaising with family or next-of-kin.

Registration is voluntary and free of charge. We encourage you to consider registration as an integral part of your travel planning and security.


How do I register?

The Consular Card is an identity document issued by the Embassy to Burkina Faso citizens registered in its jurisdiction. All Burkina Faso citizens are entitled to receive a Consular Card. To obtain a Consular Card, register with the Embassy upon presentation of any document proving Burkinabe citizenship (passport, identity card, etc.).

Consular Card registration is an online process available on this website.
Click here  and follow the easy steps in the online registration process.


How can the Embassy or Consulate assist me while I am abroad?

Consular services are provided to Burkinabé who work, live and travel abroad. Consular Services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A detailed list of services is available here.


How will my information be used?

The Consulate at Burkina Faso missions abroad will use your safeguarded information when necessary in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis.

Only authorized officers of the Consulate have access to the information which will only be used in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis. This will enable authorized officials to react, for example, to contact family or the next-of-kin to verify the status of the Burkinabé traveling abroad who might have been affected by the emergency.


Registration and privacy?

Consulate is committed to ensuring that any personal information received through the online registration process is safeguarded against unauthorized disclosure.

The Consulate will not disclose the information you provide through the registration process to any third parties (this includes family members) unless you have first given written authorization to do so. In the event that family members make enquiries about your whereabouts, such requests will be forwarded to you. You may choose to inform the Consulate of your decision to respond or not respond.

The online system uses secure encryption to safeguard your privacy and therefore any unauthorized interception by third parties of the information you send via the internet is unlikely. The Consulate does not accept responsibility for any such interception.


What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a US visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the Burkina Faso without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The visa section of this website is for for US citizens to travel to Burkina Faso.

Note: US citizens don’t need a US visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.