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Australian officials visiting Burkina Faso are adopting additional security measures in response to the changing security environment.

The threat of kidnapping is highest in northern Burkina Faso north of the line between Tougan-Ouhigouya-Djibo-Dori or to all border areas with Mali in the south west (including towns of Sindou, Orodara, Salanso and Nouna) due to the high threat of kidnapping and terrorist attack.

We strongly recommend that all travellers be vaccinated for yellow fever before travelling to Burkina Faso (see .

Make sure your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia.

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Muggings often occur around the central market and the United Nations traffic circle in Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever.

Yellow fever is a serious and potentially fatal disease preventable by vaccination.

In January 2016, a terrorist attack took place at the Splendid Hotel in central Ouagadougou in which at least 30 people were killed, including a number of foreigners.

Terrorist group Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed responsibility. Both recent attacks were carried out at places frequented by foreigners.

AQIM has taken hostages from remote areas in this part of West Africa.

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