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25 January 2010
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TRANSPORT

Public transport is organized mainly by minibus.
The rail network is currently nonexistent, even if they are ongoing projects and studies. Few airlines cover  the country.


ROAD NETWORK

There are public roads for a total of 14,480 kilometers of which:
• asphalted: 1028 kilometers
• white: 13,452 kilometers.


AIRPORT


The airport of Bujumbura
The international airport of Bujumbura is the largest airport in Burundi.
Away from the capital 11 km, it offers domestic flights, international and long distance services.

Outside you can take taxi to the city center, the race for the center costs about $ 10 (about 15 minutes). Taxis are well identified in blue and white, it is advisable to agree a price before boarding.

At the airport you can not make changes.

The main airlines are: Air France, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya
Airways, Rwanda Express.

Other information: 
Degrees of latitude: 3 ° 22 '59 "S;
Degrees of longitude: 29 ° 22 '0 "E;
Airstrips: 17/35 L.3600m.


CURRENCY

Burundian Franc


TIMEZONE

Two hours ahead of Greenwich.


ELECTRICITY

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz.


WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

Metric System.


HEALTH RISKS

Recommended vaccinations: diphtheria and tetanus, viral hepatitis A, hepatitis B virus, yellow fever, typhoid fever, rabies.
In Burundi it is not safe to drink tap water, so it is advisable to consume only water in sealed bottles or hot drinks.
The risk of malaria is present all year around the country.
Other risks: dengue fever, cholera, trypanosomiasis, typhoid, TB.


CLIMATE

Burundi's climate is tropical mitigated.


LANGUAGE

The country's official languages are Kirundi and French. Kirundi, the language is Bantu, very similar to the Kinyarwanda and is spoken by all Barundi, the people of Burundi, regardless of their social membership. It is also spoken in Bugufi, today a region of Tanzania.
Bujumbura are also speaks Swahili as a language of trade.


RELIGION

86% of the population is indigenous beliefs and cults, 30% is Catholic, the remaining 2.6% is Protestant, and there is 1% of Muslims.


VISAS

They are essentially the following:

Tourist Visa

Arrangements for delivery:
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months;
- 1 photo;
- 1 form;
- International Vaccination against yellow fever (O);
- Flight booking A / R;
- Time of production: 4 / 5 days.

Business visa

Arrangements for delivery:
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months;
- 1 photo;
- 1 form;
- International Vaccination against yellow fever (O);
- Letter of invitation from the Company of Burundi written in French (or English) on letterhead sent by fax containing:
A) Name of the passenger;
B) Reason and kind of business to be treated (in the case of technical assistance, repair or installation to specify the activities to be performed);
C) Name, office, stamp and signature of the head of the society of Burundi.
 
Visas for humanitarian purposes

Arrangements for delivery:
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months;
- 1 photo;
- 1 form;
- International Vaccination against yellow fever (O);
- Letter of invitation from dell'0rganizzazione humanitarian ground written in English or French:
A) Name of Passenger
 
Transit Visa
It isn’t Not be issued a transit visa, but only the residence visa.

Child modalities
They are the same as for adults, through his passport, through  that of their parents receive their visa (it is necessary to affix the photo on the passport).

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