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Money and duty free for Burkina Faso

Currency and Money

Currency information

CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine) Franc (XOF) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of XOF10,000, 5,000, 2,500, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of XOF250, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1.

Burkina Faso is part of the French Monetary Area. Only currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Bank of West African States) is valid; currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) is not. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.

Credit cards

Diners Club and MasterCard have limited acceptance. No ATMs available.


No ATMs available.

Travellers cheques

To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros or US Dollars. Banks often require proof of purchase, so all receipts should be kept as a precautionary measure. It is advised to take at least some Euros in cash.

Banking hours

Mon-Thurs 0730-1130 and 1500-1600, Fri 0730-1130 and 1530-1700.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency, provided it's declared upon arrival.

Currency exchange

Can be exchanged in banks and major hotels.

Burkina Faso duty free


The following items may be imported into Burkina Faso without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine.
• 500ml of eau de toilette and 250ml of perfume.
• Other goods to the value of XOF12,500.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include narcotics and counterfeit goods. 

Plant and animal products must be certified.

Banned Exports

Narcotics and counterfeit goods.

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