Travel Vaccinations for Burundi

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Burundi

Recommended Vaccinations for Burundi at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies

Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £60
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Cholera Person-to-Person Course of Two £47.50
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Yellow Fever Person-to-Person Single Dose £80
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intradermal £66

Burundi is in East Africa is landlocked and bordered by The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Despite its landlocked status, you can gain access to Lake Tanganyika here – which is considered one of the world’s deepest lakes. Despite its past troubles, Burundi has a lot to offer culturally such as art, dance, and amazing African crafts and of course music.

A visit to Burundi could include a visit to incredible hot springs and charming traditional villages. Please exercise caution though as some rebel groups still operate in parts of the country.

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Burundi

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

There is a High Risk of Malaria across all areas of Burundi.

Malaria Prevention

Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Burundi

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.

Yellow Fever Risk in Burundi

There is a risk of Yellow Fever across the whole of Burundi, particularly in rural areas. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.

Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP).

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Further Travel Health Advice for Burundi

Dengue Fever occurs in Burundi. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bits from specific mosquitos most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do however is avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent if travelling to affected areas in Burundi. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.

Schistosomiasis is a flatworm infection that is acquired through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. If you have been swimming or wadding n such an environment and you think you may have been exposed, or have contacted schistosomiasis, seek professional medical help. Schistosomiasis is present in Burundi.

Due to the fact that some parts of Burundi are situated higher than 2500m, Altitude Sickness may present a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, it’s not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you.

Burundi generally has a tropical climate, but depending on the altitude of the area you are visiting, the weather can vary greatly. You might want to check out the weather for your period of travel and the area of Burundi you are travelling to so that you can take adequate measures to ensure a comfortable stay

Tap water in Burundi is not considered safe to drink. Stick to the bottled stuff and take a water purification system/tablets with you if you want to be on the safe side.

If you get a chance to, you really should try the fish dishes with fresh fish from the lake. They do some pretty noteworthy curries here too if you like spice so give those a try too.

Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Dengue Fever and Malaria both spread by mosquitoes, both of which occur in Burundi. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain.

Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Burundi.

Be aware of any curfew laws for the area you are in. Also, be careful where you travel due to rebel groups that still operate in dome parts. Exercise sensible travel precautions with your valuables and don’t walk alone at night.