Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Reconsider travel to Niger due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.
Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common.
Terrorist groups continue plotting kidnappings and possible attacks in Niger. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities and areas frequented by Westerners. Terrorists operate in the areas bordering Mali, Libya, Burkina Faso, and throughout northern Niger. Avoid travel to Niger’s border regions, particularly the Malian border area, Diffa region, and the Lake Chad region. Mali-based extremist groups have crossed the border and conducted multiple lethal attacks on Nigerien security forces.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of the capital, Niamey, due to security concerns. Outside of Niamey, all U.S. Embassy personnel are required to travel only during daylight hours and in a minimum of a two-vehicle convoy accompanied by armed Nigerien government security escorts.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Niger:
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.