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Travelling to Burundi?

Get the best rates for Burundian currency online. 

Prepare for your trip to Burundi and order your Burundian francs at Manor FX today.

Benefit from our competitive exchange rates and get more Burundian francs for your money. 

You can opt for convenient home or office delivery of your Burundian franc banknotes or collect them from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow. 

Manor FX guarantees rapid delivery and a straightforward online process to order your Burundian franc travel money.

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Are you getting ready for your journey through the Kibira National Park, a haven for wildlife and lush forest landscapes? Here are some useful insights about using cash and cards to make payments in Burundi.

Who uses the Burundian franc?

The Burundian franc is the official currency in Burundi. 

Can you buy Burundian francs in the UK?

Yes, you can buy Burundian francs in the UK, but as a minor currency it’s harder to find.

Avoid the hassle of visiting an exchange bureau by ordering your travel money through Manor 


Benefit from our quick and safe delivery service and have your Burundian francs sent directly to your doorstep via Royal Mail Special Delivery.

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Where can you get Burundian francs?

Buying Burundian francs (BIF) in the UK might be challenging.

Not all foreign exchange offices or banks in the UK offer this less common currency. 

If you want to buy Burundian francs, our bureau de change in Datchet offers great rates. 

Benefit from free home delivery if your order totals over £750 or pick up your Burundian francs in-store.

African drummer playing in Burundi

Should I exchange money before I travel to Burundi?

Certainly! It’s wise to have Burundian francs ready for use upon your arrival in Burundi. 

Although it’s possible to exchange money once you get there, exchanging some beforehand can save you time and hassle. 

This ensures you have cash available for immediate needs such as transport and small purchases, making your travel experience smoother right from the start.

Does Burundi accept US dollars?

Yes, US dollars are widely accepted in Burundi, especially in tourist areas and hotels and for larger transactions like safaris.

What is the best currency to take to Burundi?

When travelling to Burundi, it’s advisable to carry both local and international currencies. 

The Burundian franc is the primary currency, but US dollars are frequently used, particularly for larger purchases like safaris. Safari companies, lodges, and other tourist services often prefer payments in USD. 

Always verify payment preferences with your chosen service providers beforehand. To make your trip more convenient, it is recommended that you have Burundian francs for daily expenses and US dollars for activities such as tours. 

It’s also recommended to carry newer and undamaged US dollar bills since older or worn notes might not be accepted. 

Can I use my bank card in Burundi?

Yes, you can use your bank card in Burundi. Major credit and debit cards like Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted in the country’s urban centres. 

However, in more rural or safari areas, it is advisable to use cash, either in US dollars or Burundian francs, as the economy largely operates on cash transactions. 

Bufalos sight during safari walk Cankuzo. Burundi

Do you need cash in Burundi?

While places in Burundi accept cards, cash payment is preferable in BIF or USD. 

Having Burundian francs on hand can be helpful when visiting smaller towns, local markets, or remote areas of the country.

Reminder: Bring clean 50 USD and 100 USD notes from the newest series. Small denominations of Burundian francs are also great, as it can be challenging to get change for larger bills in some places.

Once you return from your travels, remember to convert your leftover US dollars and Burundian francs to GBP with us.

Is it better to use cash or a credit card in Burundi?

Whether using cash or credit cards in Burundi, having a mix of both can be handy. 

In Burundi’s major cities and tourist hubs, credit cards are handy for covering significant expenses such as hotel stays and dining out. 

Yet, for everyday transactions like shopping at local markets, tipping, and smaller vendors that don’t accept cards, carrying Burundian francs is essential. This is particularly true in more secluded or rural areas where cash is necessary. 

Balancing credit cards for convenience with cash for smaller, local transactions offers the most flexibility during travels.

How can I avoid ATM fees in Burundi?

To minimise ATM fees in Burundi, use ATMs from major banks for better rates and fewer fees, withdraw large sums less frequently to reduce transaction fees, and check if your bank has partnerships with local banks for fee-free withdrawals. 

Always notify your bank of your travel plans to avoid additional charges, and lastly, research your bank’s fees for international transactions to avoid surprises.

Johnston's Chameleon - Trioceros johnstoni, beautiful colorful lizard Burundi

Is Burundi a cheap country to visit?

Certainly! Burundi is an economical destination, offering low living and travel costs compared to many Western nations. 

Accommodation, meals, transport, and various activities are available at attractive prices, which can help extend your travel budget. 

The country’s breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural scenes make it a great value for money, ensuring a memorable and affordable travel experience.

How much money do you need per day in Burundi?

On average, budget-conscious travellers to Burundi should consider allocating about 120,000-190,000 BIF (£25 to £40) daily for essentials like meals, travel, and lodging. 

Those preferring mid-range comforts might spend approximately 405,000 BIF (£85) each day, covering food and transportation costs. 

For a luxurious experience, around 800,000 BIF (£170) per day would suffice for premium accommodations, gourmet dining, and exclusive activities such as private tours and spa visits. 

Always plan for extra funds to accommodate any unplanned expenditures or special experiences.

How does tipping work in Burundi?

Tipping is optional but appreciated in Burundi. Consider tipping 5-10% of the bill in restaurants, but check for service charges first. For tour guides and drivers, $5 to $10 per person daily is typical, depending on service quality. 

A small tip, around $1 to $2, shows gratitude for hotel housekeeping or bellhops and taxi drivers or porters who assist with luggage.

Lake Tanganyika beach in Burundi

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Banknotes in Burundi

The banknotes in Burundi are the 2015 series issued by the Bank of the Republic of Burundi. Older banknotes are no longer in circulation.

The Burundian franc banknotes in circulation are 500 francs, 1,000 francs, 2,000 francs, 5,000 francs, 10,000 francs, and 20,000 francs BIF.

The banknotes are thoughtfully designed, showcasing important national landmarks and the country’s rich fauna.

Coins in Burundi

Burundian coins range from 1 franc to 500 francs. The bi-metallic 500 franc coin is used alongside the 500 franc banknote.

Burundi’s currency import and export regulations

You can bring Burundian francs and foreign currency into the country without specific limits. However, if you’re carrying an amount equivalent to $10,000 or more, you’ll need to declare it upon arrival.

Review currency regulations closely before your trip to ensure a seamless experience with your finances while travelling.

Ordering Burundian francs online

Exchange your pounds for Burundian francs easily online and receive them swiftly and securely at your home or office using Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. 

Alternatively, collect your currency from our travel money outlet near Heathrow. Click here to purchase Burundian francs online.

Selling back Burundian francs

If you have Burundian francs to sell, follow this link to convert Burundian francs to pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘BIF Burundian franc.’ We’ll pay great rates for converting your Burundi currency to pounds.


Burundi has experienced political instability and civil unrest, which can affect safety, particularly in certain areas. 

Travellers should stay updated on current conditions, avoid political gatherings, and follow UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice. 

Common sense precautions and staying informed are essential when visiting.

Burundi is celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, which is prominently marked by traditional drumming recognised by UNESCO. 

The nation’s history is deeply rooted in the ancient Kingdom of Burundi, led by a mwami (king) since the 17th century, whose traditions still shape the country’s societal and ceremonial practices. 

Burundi’s complex history as a former German colony and East African community is visible in its architecture and historical sites. The landscape features stunning lakes like Lake Tanganyika and mountainous terrains, complemented by diverse wildlife and national parks. 

The shared cultural and historical ties between Rwanda and Burundi enhance its regional significance, drawing many to explore their common traditions in dance, music, and communal life. 

When in Burundi, it’s essential to avoid specific actions to ensure a respectful and safe visit:

  1. Avoid political discussions: The political climate can be sensitive, so it’s wise to avoid political conversations and gatherings.
  2. Respect local customs: Burundi has conservative norms, particularly regarding dress and public behaviour. Dress modestly and behave respectfully in public spaces.
  3. Don’t flash valuables: Keep expensive items like jewellery and electronics out of sight to avoid attracting attention and potential theft.
  4. Don’t take photos without permission: Always ask permission before photographing people, especially in rural areas. This shows respect and avoids potential misunderstandings.
  5. Stay informed: Stay updated with travel advisories and local news to stay safe during your visit.

Yes, you need a visa to enter Burundi. Most visitors from countries that do not have visa exemption agreements with Burundi must apply for a visa in advance. 

Check with the nearest Burundian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements before your trip.

For travel to Burundi, you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination. It’s also recommended to be up to date with routine vaccinations like measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot. 

Because of potential exposure risks, vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, and rabies are also advised. Always consult with a travel health clinic or medical provider well in advance of your trip for the most current advice.

The best time to travel to Burundi is during the dry seasons, from June to August and December to January. These months offer more comfortable weather for exploring and fewer rain disruptions, making them ideal for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities.

One of Burundi’s favourite foods is “ugali,” a thick porridge made from maise flour, commonly eaten with sauces or stews. 

Another popular dish is “boko boko harees,” a slow-cooked porridge with meat, often seasoned with spices and enjoyed during special occasions. These dishes are staples in the Burundian diet and reflect the country’s agricultural lifestyle.

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Burundian Francs Fast!

  • Free home delivery over £750
  • with Royal Mail Special Delivery 1pm
  • Better rates than the banks
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