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

There is a high threat from terrorism. Most attacks occur in the north east, particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe states. There have also been significant attacks in Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Bauchi, Abuja and Gombe. Further attacks could occur anywhere. Major urban centres in the North of Nigeria are particularly at risk, including Bauchi, Kano and Kaduna, and Abuja as the Federal Capital.

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

You should avoid public places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and insecure public spaces like markets and transport hubs and fuel stations with long queues. Attacks have taken place around religious and public holidays in public or crowded places, including places of worship. You should be particularly vigilant during these periods. Avoid affected areas in the immediate aftermath of any attack.

A heavy security presence often indicates areas of particularly high risk.

Nigeria’s new President will be inaugurated on Friday 29 May at Eagle Square, Abuja. On the same day state Governors will also be inaugurated in their respective states. These inaugurations will cause disruption to travel, including road closures and increased security. Check local news for details.

Fuel shortages are disrupting travel, including flights, and causing power problems. Flights to and from the UK are still operating. Mobile phone companies have warned of a potential loss of service. The situation will remain uncertain for the foreseeable future.

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

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. See Local travel and Political situation

Before considering any travel to areas to which the FCO advise against all or all but essential 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. 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. 

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.