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An emergency travel document lets you leave another country if you can’t get a new or replacement Burundi passport in time to travel. You can apply for an emergency travel document (sometimes known as an ‘emergency passport’) if you’re a Burundian national outside the Burundi and your passport has been lost, stolen, damaged or has expired.You should first try to renew or replace your passport if it has expired or is damaged. Only apply for an emergency travel document if you need to travel before you can get a replacement done.

An emergency travel document allows you to leave the country you’re in and travel to your destination via a maximum of 5 countries. The emergency travel document can also cover a return journey if you’re resident in the country you’re applying from. An emergency travel document doesn’t guarantee entry to every country. You may also need a visa. You will need to check with the embassy or consulate of the country or countries you’re intending to travel to or through.

Burundians who are living abroad and who do not have a valid passport can apply for an Emergency Travel Document, which will enable them to return to Burundi. To apply, applicants must go to the embassy in person. Additional information in this regard could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.


  • Emergency travel document is issued to a citizen of the republic of Burundi who is travelling on an emergency journey and does not fulfill the normal requirements of getting a passport.
  • This document is also given to a person who is stranded abroad and cannot get a passport or being deported back home.

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You need to apply in person.

Required Information

  • Requirements include: an interview at the Embassy; to be scheduled at the earliest, Five days before the confirmed date of flight.
  • Two (2) passport size photos
  • Proof of Burundian citizenship i.e. Burundi Passport or National Identity Card.
  • Police Report if passport is lost.
  • Confirmed flight booking/ticket.


  • The first procedure is to Contact your nearest Burundi embassy, high commission or consulate to check if you need to make an appointment.
  • You must bring with you:
  • A completed emergency travel document application form.
  • A recent photograph of yourself a colored photograph.
  • A proof of your travel plans - eg, booking confirmations (or detailed written travel plans if you can’t book ahead)
  • A police report if your passport has been stolen or lost.
  • You will have to pay a fee in local currency, equivalent to LE 570.Egyptian pound.
  • The embassy or consulate staff will check that you’re eligible for an emergency travel document. *If you’re not, they will tell you why.
  • You may get the document on the day you apply if your circumstances are straightforward.
  • It can take longer if your circumstances are more 2 weeks depending on the complex of the situation.This may force you to change to change your travel plans.
  • The emergency travel document will only be valid for the journey that you specified when you applied and for a specific period of time.
  • This will be shown on the document.
  • Your existing Burundi passport will be cancelled in most cases.
  • Immigration authorities may keep your emergency travel document when you arrive at your destination.
  • To leave Burundi on an Emergency Travel Document you will need to visit an Burundi Passport and Immigraton Office to complete the exit formalities.
  • Some passport offices outside of Bujumbura may assist, but in many cases you will have to complete the formalities at the National HQ in Bujumbura.

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Required Documents

  • Completed application form
  • Four passport size photographs
  • Your photo copy passport if you have it and it should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Burundi.
  • you can Contact the Burundi embassy in your country of residence for further information on Emergency travel documents.


One-way emergency travel document is issued at a cost of 30,000 BIF.


  • An emergency travel document shall be valid:
  • for the country of destination and other countries of transit;
  • for a single journey for a period stated therein; usually one week

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Processing Time

The process takes only 2= 3 Days.

Office Locations & Contacts

Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation

Mrs. Antoinette BATUMUBWIRA

Foreign ministers office:

Rue de etranger 65, Bujumbura, Burundi. BP 04

Tel: +257 7810 2020

Fax: + 257 7810 3030


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