Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • Borno State
  • Yobe State
  • Adamawa State
  • Bauchi State
  • Gombe State
  • Kano city
  • Okene City
  • Riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States
  • Warri city

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to: 

  • Kano State
  • Kaduna State
  • Jigawa State
  • Katsina State
  • Sokoto State
  • Zamfara State
  • Kebbi State
  • Jos city in Plateau State
  • Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State
  • Okene region of Kogi State
  • Non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States
  • Abia State

A bomb attack on a bus station in the Nyanya area of Abuja on 14 April resulted in the deaths of over 70 people and injured over a 100 people.

On 14 May 2013, the Nigerian Government declared a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. Military operations are now ongoing in the 3 States and curfews have been announced.

There is a high threat from terrorism. There is a threat of retaliatory attacks following the declared state of emergency and subsequent military operations in Nigeria. You should be particularly vigilant around religious and public holidays, remain alert, pay attention to your environment and avoid crowded places. See Terrorism

There is a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Recent terrorist kidnaps have occurred mostly in northern Nigeria, but could occur anywhere in Nigeria. Kidnaps can be for financial or political gain, and can be motivated by criminality or terrorism. See Kidnapping

The level of consular assistance available to British nationals in areas where we advise against all or all but essential travel is limited.

Demonstrations and civil unrest can occur at short notice. Follow news reports and be alert to developments. If you become aware of any nearby protests you should leave the area immediately. A number of curfews are in force. See Local travel and Political situation

Before considering any travel, take professional security advice. Be vigilant at all times, keep others informed of your travel plans and vary your routines. You should follow your employer’s security advice, make sure your accommodation is secure and review your security measures regularly.

Violent crime is common in the south of the country, including Lagos. See Crime

Flash flooding can occur during the wet season (June to October). There is a greater risk from water-borne diseases during the rainy season. See Health

Around 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria each year. 

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure your policy covers you for the type of travel you’re proposing to undertake.

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