Burkina Faso is considered a high-risk country where travel in some parts should be avoided. The country is subject to border raids and attacks by militias and terrorist organizations. Terrorist attacks and kidnappings happen frequently. Crime is a common problem and most incidents are targets of opportunity such as muggings and snatching personal belongings. This happens at a much higher frequency in crowded areas or during the hours of darkness.
The standard of driving in the Burkina Faso is very poor; the majority of drivers are uninsured and road conditions throughout the region, including Ouagadougou are dangerous. There are large numbers of mopeds, bicycles and slow moving vehicles on main routes. Most roads are gravel surfaces or dirt tracks and completely below the standard recognized by western travelers. Vehicles are stopped frequently on major roads by armed groups with the intention of robbery. It is strongly advised to travel in secure vehicles to reduce compromising personal security.
Public transport is considered highly dangerous and road traffic collisions (RTCs) commonly result in fatalities. Aside from the poorly maintained and inadequate vehicle conditions, there is a high risk from theft and criminal activity onboard buses and taxis.