Announcement

Niger - change of travel advice

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

We advise against all travel to some areas in Niger and we now advise against all but essential travel to the rest, including Niamey.

We advise against all travel to the following parts of Niger: all areas of the country north of the city of Abalak, including the Air 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 Tillaberi province north of Niamey, including the road from Niamey to Gao and the road from Niamey to Menaka.

We advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Niger, including the capital city Niamey.

What do we mean by essential travel?

There is a high threat from terrorism in Niger. Terrorists have been involved in kidnaps in the region and we believe that further kidnap attacks are likely. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operates directly or through criminal gangs who carry out kidnappings on their behalf or pass on their kidnap victims for monetary gain.

On 8 January 2011, French authorities confirmed that two French nationals kidnapped from Niamey had been killed near the border with Mali.