Burkinese visa for South African citizens

A visa is REQUIRED for South African passport holders visiting Burkina Faso for tourism and business purposes. See detailed requirements below:

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For South African citizens to enter Burkina Faso for a short-term tourism purpose. Visa required N/A
Evisa Burkina Faso e-visa for South African citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Burkina Faso visa on arrival for South African citizens Not Available

Burkina Faso tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding South African passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Burkina Faso.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Burkina Faso.

If you are looking for Burkina Faso visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from South Africa, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Burkina Faso nearest your place of residence.

  • Pretoria: The Embassy of Burkina Faso in Pretoria, South Africa (Working hours: Close now)

Burkina Faso visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Burkina Faso diplomatic mission offices to South Africa for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from South Africa traveling to Burkina Faso from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (South Africa) estimated Change (%)
2008 2,258 N/A
2009 2,233 -1.11%
2010 2,274 1.84%
2011 1,975 -13.15%
2012 1,967 -0.41%
2013 1,809 -8.03%
2014 1,585 -12.38%
2015 1,353 -14.64%
2016 1,262 -6.73%
2017 1,187 -5.94%
2018 1,195 0.67%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Burkina Faso & South Africa comparison

Burkina Faso's area is approximately 273,600 km2 (105,637 sq mi), while the area of South Africa is approximately 1,213,090 km2 (468,376 sq mi). This means South Africa is 4.43 times bigger than Burkina Faso.

As of June 2021, Burkina Faso's population is ~48.7 million people - 45,918,840 fewer people than the population of South Africa.

We have highlighted Burkina Faso & South Africa’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Burkina Faso South Africa Difference
Population (est 2021) 48,747,578 94,666,418 45.9 million fewer people live in Burkina Faso than South Africa
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 58 124 Burkina Faso has 66 fewer diplomatic representations abroad compared with South Africa.
Travel freedom (2021) 30 67 Burkina Faso passport holders visit 37 fewer countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 25 197 Burkinese hosts 172 fewer foreign missions than South Africa.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from South Africa travel to Burkina Faso in one year?

The number of visitors from South Africa visiting Burkina Faso in 2018 was approximately 1,195.

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