Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, and piracy.
Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape, is common throughout the country.
Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Nigeria. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory and other urban areas. The northern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, and Yobe – and especially Borno – have experienced numerous acts of terrorism.
Avoid travel to the Gulf of Guinea due to the threat of piracy.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens beyond Abuja and Lagos and their immediate surrounding areas, as U.S. government employees may be subject to constraints as security conditions warrant.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Nigeria: