Working in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a growing economy in west Africa, but still relies substantially on subsistence farming as an economic driver. The country’s main exports are gold, cotton and livestock, and it trades much of this regionally. Burkina Faso is a member of ECOWAS and has close ties with its regional partners.

Working in Burkina Faso

Working in Burkina Faso can be challenging due to social and political factors. The main industry is the mining and export of gold, and there are some opportunities to move to the country for highly skilled individuals. The education and healthcare systems are underdeveloped, so you will need to access these privately. The major cities are the cultural hubs, but expect these to be very different to the atmosphere in cities such as Lagos, Nairobi and Accra.

Burkina Faso - Need To Know




West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Dialling Code


Official Languages


Capital City Airport

Ouagadougou Airport


Burkina Faso (UTC)

How Do I Work In Burkina Faso?

Work Authorisation and VISA requirements
You will need a VISA to work in Burkina Faso unless you are a citizen of an ECOWAS nation. It is recommended to obtain employment there before applying, as your new employer can often sponsor your application. You can find out more information by visiting your local embassy website. More information is available using the button below.
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