Burkina Faso

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Overview  Burkina Faso is a low-income, landlocked Sub-Saharan country with limited natural resources. Its population, which is growing at an average annual rate of 3.1%, was estimated at almost 18.6 million inhabitants in 2016. The economy is heavily reliant on agriculture, with close to 80% of the active population employed in the sector.
VISA Info A visa is required by any foreigner whose country is not member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger,  Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The visa is valid for a maximum stay of three months (90 days). It may be extended, but this must be arranged in the country by contacting the General Office of the National Police in Ouagadougou.
Work Permit Expatriates moving to Burkina Faso for work will need a work permit. This can be obtained through a sponsor (employer), but long term sponsorship is harder to come by. Expatriates working in Burkina Faso on a contractual basis will need to obtain a work permit from each employer that he is in contract with. To avoid this, most expats use the services of Professional Employer Organizations (PEO)
Tax & Social Security

The tax year in Burkina Faso runs from December to December. Expatriates working in Burkina Faso will pay up to 27.5% income tax on any income from industrial, agricultural, commercial or non-commercial sources. There are three rates of tax:

Up to 500,000 CFA — 10%
500,000 to 1,000,000 CFA — 20%
Over 1,000,000 CFA — 27.5%
Income from real estate is also taxed at either 18% or 25%, depending on the value of the property. There are double tax treaties in place with a number of countries in Africa and Europe to ensure that expats working in Burkina Faso are not taxed on their income twice. VAT in Burkina Faso stands at 18%.

Living in  …..
Climate Climate with two very distinct seasons; a rainy season and a dry season, known as the harmattan – a hot dry wind from the Sahara – blows.
Things to do Les Cascades de Banfora, Reserve de Nazinga
Food to try Fufu, Poulet Bicyclette, Sauce gombo
Locals Attitude Neutral / friendly – very polite and respectful, especially if you show them the same respect
Transport Consists primarily of road, air and rail transportation
Where Expats hang out Mostly through online forums

Burkina Faso Expat Forum

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