There are limited numbers of ATMs in Burundi, many of which are unreliable.Most hotels and businesses do not accept credit cards. Most shops and businesses will not accept or exchange US dollars dated pre-2006.
The risk of crime, including muggings, burglaries, car-jackings, and armed banditry, increases after dark.
Monitor the local media and other sources for developments which may affect your safety.
If you are in Burundi, you should have robust personal security measures in place.
If you do decide to travel to an area where there is a particular threat of kidnapping, seek professional security advice and have effective personal security measures in place.
For more information about kidnapping see our bulletin.
Bank transfers in and out of the country may not be available. Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. You are required by Australian law to as soon as possible.