Burkina Faso Import Restrictions

In order to enter Burkina Faso, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Burkina Faso government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Burkina Faso, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Burkina Faso authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages and spirits
  • Books and publications in Arabic
  • Communications equipment
  • Computer components and parts
  • Distilling apparatus
  • Drugs and medicines
  • Medical samples
  • Military equipment
  • Mineral waters
  • Personal effects
  • Phones and Modems
  • Preserved plums, sardines and vegetables
  • Saccharine
  • Spirits
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Tapes, audio and video cassettes

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation

Commercial goods should include an invoice and a Certificate of Origin. The addressee must obtain an import permit, where required.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Burkina Faso prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Airline tickets, blank stock
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Coin-making apparatus
  • Coins and medallions resembling the legal coinage
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Daggers and knives
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Liquids, non-hazardous
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Trademarks, French, false or imitation, and those bearing the Red Cross or designs resembling it
  • Weights and measures, non-metric.

Ordinary Letters:

Burkina Faso does not accept ordinary letters containing articles subject to customs duty.

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