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
Presidential and National Assembly elections will be held on 28 March 2015. Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections will be held on 11 April 2015.
There will be restrictions on travel between 8am and 5pm on 28 March and 11 April. Only vehicles accredited to observe/manage the elections and emergency vehicles will be allowed on public roads. Further restrictions on vehicle or other movements may be imposed at short notice, particularly on election days.
The Nigerian government has confirmed that all land and sea borders (but not airports) will be closed from midnight on 25 March to midnight on 28 March.
You should monitor local media, be vigilant, take extra care and avoid areas where there are political or other large public gatherings. Rallies or protests may be called at short notice and could disrupt travel.
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 Lagos. Further attacks could occur anywhere.
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. In recent years, 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.
Boko Haram issued a video on 19 February 2014 threatening to attack oil installations and oil workers in the Niger Delta region of south-east Nigeria. 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
Nigeria was declared free of Ebola on 20 October by the World Health Organisation, following 20 confirmed cases in the summer of 2014.
Ebola virus disease outbreaks are on-going in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. If you travel to this region you should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. For further details about the outbreak, see the World Health Organisation website, and this map. Anyone with concerns about either exposure to or showing symptoms of Ebola should seek immediate medical advice. In the UK call NHS on 111.
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.
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.