I arrived in Burkina Faso the the key task of getting the West Africa Multi-Country Visa Touristique Entante.
I stayed at Grand Calao, a retreat in the suburbs, and the proprietor was excellent at providing information. Monday morning I set out with a driver and he navigated the process for me at the national police.
The visa, obtainable once in one of the member countries, allows one entry to each of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and Togo.
This can save money and time. It is only CFA 25,000 (USD 42) which is less than most of these individually. For US citizens, the main benefit other than cost is for Niger and Benin, as the Burkina Faso and Togo visas are available on arrival, while Cote d’Ivoire has advance e-visa.
US citizens can get a Burkina Faso visa on arrival though it may be duration as short as 5 days and you need their visa to be valid at least as long as the Entente, so those in such a situation first lose of a day extending the visa. I got my visa in advance from the embassy in Washington, DC which issues 5-year multiple-entry visas.
Officially in Burkina Faso you are to allow 72 hours however they had it for me by next afternoon for no additional fee. Only other requirement is 2 photos.
I will have a more detailed post on this when I have a speedier internet connection as I am already in Niger!