Foreign travel advice

Niger

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

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If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

the whole of Niger based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

In addition and for security reasons the FCDO advises 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 south-western border with Burkina Faso
  • 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 FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the rest of Niger, including the capital city Niamey

Following the second round of the presidential elections on 21 February 2021 there has been unrest in Niamey and other cities in Niger (including Dosso and Zinder). This unrest could be violent and could include road blockages and the damage of buildings and vehicles. During the election period you should exercise caution, avoid any protests or demonstrations and keep up to date with developments on this travel advice page.

Travel to Niger is subject to entry restrictions

  • entry to Niger is only permitted for Nigerien nationals, persons with valid residency and foreign nationals with valid visas
  • from 1 August 2020 if you are eligible for entry, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 72 hours old to the airport authorities, or be tested at the airport.
  • you will be subject to temperature checks upon arrival
  • if your COVID-19 test is negative, you will have to self-isolate at your final destination (home, hotel) for seven days. On the seventh day of self-isolation you will need to take a second COVID-19 test; if the result is negative you can end self-isolation and if the result is positive you will have to follow government isolation procedures.If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Niger you will have to isolate in government facilities for 14 days.
  • a negative COVID-19 certificate that is less than 72 hours old will also be required to depart Niger. See Returning to UK section

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Return travel to the UK is subject to self-isolation requirements

If you’re returning to the UK, you will need to:

  • provide your journey and contact details
  • self-isolate for 14 days

Check the guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Niger , find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

The UK office in Niamey provides consular assistance and support to British people in Niger. See Consular Assistance.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Niger, including kidnapping. There is particular instability in the Tillabéri region of Niger, near the country’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso. There is also particular instability in Diffa, near the Lake Chad Basin. There is also a threat of retaliatory attacks due to Niger’s participation in the French-led intervention in Mali and due to its involvement in the regional fight to counter violent extremist groups. See Terrorism

States of emergency are in place in several states across the country. See Local travel

Levels of crime, especially in the capital Niamey, are high. See Crime

You should carry some form of identification at all times. See Local laws and customs

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.