Official Travel Advice for Niger
Safety and security section (Local travel) - addition of information on the state of emergency in the urban municipality of Tillabéri, which came into effect on 13 February; Safety and security section (Road travel) - addition of information on International Driving Permit changes from 28 March 2019
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
- all areas of the country north of the city of Abalak, including the Aïr Massif region;
- the province of Agadez (including the road linking Assamakato Agadez and the city of Agadez);
- areas of Tahoua province north of the city of Tahoua, including the city itself;
- the area of Tillabéri province north of Niamey, including the road from Niamey to Gao and the road from Niamey to Menaka;
- areas within 40km of the border with Nigeria in Diffa, Zinder and Maradi provinces
- the Parc du W, plus the contiguous Dosso and Tamou hunting zones
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Niger, including the capital city Niamey.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Niger, including kidnapping. There is a threat of retaliatory attacks in Niger due to its participation in the French-led intervention in Mali and due to Niger’s involvement in the regional fight to counter Boko Haram. See Terrorism.
You can contact the emergency services by calling + 227 20 73 37 43/44 (or 17 local number) for the police, and +227 20 73 21 13 (or 18 local number) for the fire service.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Niger
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 82,000 in 2011
French (official language) 29%
Niamey (also largest city)