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Country Facts
Working week:Monday – Friday
08:00 – 17:00
Driving:Drive on Right side of the road
Area:274,200 sq. km
Capital City:Ouagadougou
Religion:Islam 60%
Christianity 23%
GDP:$1,666 per capita
Time Zone:(UTC+0)

Burkina Faso

Relocation Africa has been servicing Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso for 10 years successfully.  We can service outlying locations for adhoc projects but these will incur an additional fees.  With larger projects in outlying areas we are able to recruit and train a consultant within 4 – 6 weeks.


Tropical. The dry season lasts from November to March and the rainy season from June to October. The best months are November to February when the Harmattan wind blows from the east producing dry and cool weather. Rainfall is highest in the southwest and lowest in the northeast.


The majority of suitable expat housing is located within certain areas and there are many suitable free-standing homes moni- tored by personal security guards. Secure estates or “com- pounds” are also available and these are also monitored by security guards or companies.


There are 3 international schools in Burkina Faso. There are two French international schools with French curriculum and there is one American international school with an American curriculum.


Medical facilities in Burkina Faso are very limited. For serious medical treatment, evacuation to Europe is necessary. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatria- tion. Stick to bottled, purified or filtered water and avoid ice un- less you’re certain it has been made from treated water. Washing fruit, vegetables and your hands and ensuring food is thoroughly cooked can all help to prevent food poisoning. Malaria is a con- cernt and vaccinations are recommended for Yellow Fever, Menin- gitis, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Typhoid.


Several supermarkets stock imported goods and fresh meat at correspondingly high prices. Marina supermarket is the best known with three branches in town. Scimas is a smaller also well known supermarket. Shopping hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-12:00


In most rural areas both women and men work in agriculture. Girls in the modern cities are encour- aged to pursue higher education and many scholar- ships are reserved for them.


Burkina Faso’s name translates into ‘the land of up- right people’.

It is equally well-known for the remarkable hospi- tality of the locals, its stable political situation and vibrant cultural life.


You will observe the Burkinabé exchange greetings in what appears to be a shared prayer or ritual. Liter- ally, all they are saying is “good morning, how’s the family, how’s work, how’s your health…” Greeting is

a very important part of Burkinabé culture, and the only thing you really need to do here is to make an instant friend. Ignoring someone and not greeting him or her, however, is taken far more seriously than in western cultures. It is virtually a slap in the face

to ignore someone that has greeted you, or to not greet at all. Foreigners can probably get away with being “cold” and “unfriendly” in some settings, but it is a good idea to greet everyone you pass by


The unit of currency is the Franc of the Commun- aute Financiere Africaine (CFA). The easiest cur- rencies to exchange are US dollars, UK pounds
or euros. Credit cards are rarely accepted, but cash may be withdrawn with a card at certain banks in all major towns (Ouaga, Bobo, Banfora, Dori, and Ouahigouya are confirmed). In general, most bank machines will accept only VISA cards. Mastercard and Maestro no longer have partner banks in Burkina Faso.


Driving is on the right. The majority of roads are unpaved. In general, roads are impassable dur- ing the rainy season (July – Oct). It is inadvisable to drive at night, as there are few street lights and some vehicles do not have headlights. A temp licence is available from local authorities on pres- entation of a valid national driving licence, but an International Driving Permit is recommended.


Burkina Faso is one of safest countries in West Africa. However, be aware of thieves in the big
city. Violent assault is rare. Pickpockets and purse snatchers are something to watch out for in big cities, especially in Ouagadougou, where it is rec- ommended not to carry a bag with you when at all possible. The common, cheap green taxis in the big city can sometimes host thieves.

Our Services for Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso:

We are reviewing the Immigration Processes and we are hoping to have this service ready in Q3 2017.

Orientation, Home Search, School Search, Tenancy Management, Spousal Support, Departure Services and Settling in Services.

Housing Surveys, Cost of Living Surveys, Schooling and Vehicle Surveys.

Administration on International Payment and Payroll Services

 For all enquiries e-mail info@relocationafrica.com.