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Niger travel guide

About Niger

One of the world’s poorest nations, Niger might be a challenging destination to travel around, but rewards abound for those willing to persevere. And with political stability returning to this West African nation, it is slowly opening up to tourists.

A country shaped by Saharan trade routes, visitors came and went through this land for centuries, leaving behind them a wonderful fusion of Arab and African traditions.

Agadez and Zinder sprung up along these now defunct routes and today these cities retain their ancient mercantile charm. Comprised of beautiful adobe dwellings, their labyrinthine streets are home to bustling markets, which sell pottery, leather and other decorative pieces. Zinder is also renowned for its extravagant Ramadan festival, during which horsemen can be seen riding through the streets in the most flamboyant fashion.

Unlike Agadez and Zinder, Niger’s capital, Niamey, was never a site of trans-Saharan trade, and remained relatively unimportant until the 20th century. It continues to be possibly the least-hurried and most relaxed capital in the region. Situated on the lush banks of the Niger River, from which the country takes its name, Niamey is the commercial centre and a great place to delve into local life.

Niger’s biggest cultural event, however, occurs out in the desert town of Ingall. At the end of the rainy season the town’s population of 500 swells to several thousand as Tuareg and Wodaabe nomads attend the annual Cure Salée festival. The centrepiece is the Wodaabe gerewol, during which unmarried men adopt extravagant makeup and sing rhythmic chants in the hope of impressing a future bride.

Naturalists are also well catered for in Niger, which is home to a number of national parks, most famously W Regional Park, a haven for lions, leopards, elephants, baboons and much more. Ultimately, though, it’s Niger’s ancient cities, time-honoured festivals and nomadic culture that make this friendly country so beguiling.

Key facts


1,267,000 sq km (489,191 sq miles).


20,715,285 (UN estimate 2016).

Population density:

14.2 per sq km.





Head of state:

President Mohamed Bazoum since 2021 was removed in a military coup in July 2023. General Abdourahmane Tchiani is head of the new National Council for Safeguarding the Fatherland, since July 2023.

Head of government:

Prime Minister Ali Lamine Zène since 2023.

Travel Advice

FCDO advises against all travel to Niger, including the capital city of Niamey, for security reasons.

If you are in Niger

Travel within or out of Niger is at your own risk. The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of travelling to any departure point within Niger. Nigerien airspace has reopened, however, there may be ongoing disruptions to flights to and from Niamey’s Diori Hamani International Airport.

We have temporarily withdrawn our UK staff from Niger and our embassy is operating remotely. Limited consular assistance will continue to be provided by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos as usual.

If you are a British national in Niger and in need of assistance, contact FCDO’s 24/7 services:

  • by telephone: on +234 (1) 277 0782 and select option 2 for consular services for British nationals
  • by social media on Twitter and Facebook
  • by web form

If you decide to stay in Niger, or cannot leave, you should:

  • follow any advice from local authorities, including curfew
  • avoid protests, gatherings and any military activity
  • stay indoors where possible
  • be ready to leave if there is an opportunity

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Read FCDO advice on how to deal with a crisis overseas.

Security situation

There has been a military takeover in Niger, which has led to protests and unrest.

These protests may be violent and the situation could change quickly without warning.

Help and support

Contact your travel provider and insurer

Contact your travel provider and your insurer. They will tell you if they can help and what you need to do.

Your travel insurance could be invalidated if you travel against FCDO advice.

Consular assistance in Niger

Our ability to provide consular assistance to British nationals in Niger is severely limited. All consular services in Niger are provided via our staff in London and Lagos, Nigeria.

If you’re a British national and need consular assistance in Niger, you can phone FCDO’s 24/7 helpline and select option 2 for consular services for British nationals

  • +234 (1) 277 0782

Contact FCDO in London

You can call FCDO in London if you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad.

Telephone: 020 7008 5000 (24 hours)

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Niger on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Health website provides details (in French) of where to go for testing in Niger.

International travel

The situation at air and land borders is uncertain in particular since the military takeover. Check with your travel company or airline for the latest information

Fully vaccinated travellers (not including boosters and more than 4 weeks since the last dose) no longer need a PCR test to leave Niger. You must show proof of vaccination on exit and ensure you check the requirements of destination and transit countries.

For unvaccinated travellers, a negative COVID-19 test (less than 72 hours old) is required upon departing Niger. To get a test visit the Centre de Recherche Medicale et Sanitaire Niger (CERMES). You can book first online through the CERMES website. Alternatively, you can call one of thefollowing numbers between 8am and 5:30pm: 88 52 64 48 / 80 09 01 11.

You must take identification and evidence of your flight to the appointment. The test will cost 25,000 CFA.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Niger.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID-19. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Niger

Flights within Niger remain limited.


Most hotels are open. Some have social distancing measures in place but adherence to social distancing and COVID-19 preventive measures varies.

Public places and services

Restaurants, shops and bars are open.

Healthcare in Niger

Medical facilities are poor. Serious medical treatment would require evacuation to Europe. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Private hospitals and clinics are available, such as Polyclinic Magori (+227 20741291, or +227 20743347 in an emergency) and Clinique Gamkalley (+227 96964886, or +227 20734639 in an emergency).

You should contact your insurance and/or medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.


For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

There has been a military takeover in Niger, which has led to protests and unrest.

These protests may be violent and the situation could change quickly without warning.


Levels of crime, especially in the capital Niamey, are high. Thefts, robberies and residential break-ins can occur at any time. The main type of incident for which British nationals need consular assistance in Niger is theft. Take sensible precautions to keep important items like money, passports, jewellery and mobile phones safe. The areas around the Gaweye Hotel, National Museum and Petit Marché in Niamey are particularly prone to muggings and you should not walk alone there, or cross the bridges over the River Niger on foot at any time. Be vigilant when walking anywhere in the city. Walking at night is dangerous due to the lack of street lighting.

There have been incidents of people, including westerners, being attacked when leaving banks and ATMs. Remain vigilant when withdrawing money or exiting banks; avoid doing so at night and avoid establishing a pattern of when and where you withdraw money. Exercise caution when using ATMs on the street and consider using ATMs available in most large hotels.

Car thieves often target off-road vehicles. Make sure car doors are locked at all times.

Banditry, smuggling and other criminal activity is common in border areas (particularly Maradi, Tillabéri and Diffa), especially after dark. You should take special care and avoid crossing borders during the hours of darkness.

There have also been incidents of Nigeriens being killed in the course of hold-ups and robberies on public transport buses travelling between Tahoua and Agadez and between Agadez and Arlit.


British nationals are increasingly being targeted by scams. The scams come in many forms: romance and friendship, business ventures, work and employment opportunities, and can pose great financial risk to victims. You should treat with considerable caution any requests for funds, a job offer, a business venture or a face to face meeting from someone you have been in correspondence with over the internet who lives in West Africa.

Local travel

The FCDO continues to advise against all travel to Niger. Travel within or out of Niger is at your own risk. Commercial flights are extremely limited.  The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of travelling to any departure point within Niger. Any British national remaining in Niger who is wishes to leave and is unable to do should call us on our Consular assistance number at the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos +234 (1) 227 0780/ 0781/ 0782.

Travel around Niger can be difficult, and conditions are poor for overland travel. You should take all necessary safety precautions, especially outside of main urban areas, have confidence in your security arrangements and maintain a high level of vigilance.

Avoid all travel between towns at night. Seek local advice and use local travel agents and guides when travelling outside main towns and in desert areas. An approved local travel agent can arrange all the necessary permits for your journey and leave details of your itinerary with the local authorities. Travel in convoy and carry an independent satellite phone when travelling off the beaten track. You should prepare well in advance and make sure you have a sufficient supply of drinking water and food.

Northern and eastern Niger

Local authorities are extremely sensitive about foreigners travelling out of Tahoua to other parts of Niger in the east and the north.

The following roads in northern Niger are permanently closed to tourists, except with special authorisation:

  • Chirfa (Djado) / Djanet (Algeria)
  • Achouloma (north Djado) / Salvador Pass (Libya)
  • Adrar Bous (north Aïr) / Djanet (Algeria)
  • Adrar Bous (north Aïr) / In Azawa (Algeria)
  • Agadez / Arlit / Iferouane
  • Agadez / Tahoua

The MNJ armed group has launched attacks in the north including the use of land mines, and Islamist terrorist groups have previously launched attacks in Agadez, Arlit and against a prison in Niamey. Attacks against tourists are known to take place at El Meki between Agadez and Timia. The Aïr and Ténéré regions are particularly prone to attacks.

A curfew has been implemented in the whole of the Diffa region since 2014. As of 19 April 2019, this prohibits the movement of motorised vehicles from 8pm to 6am. There is also a general curfew from 10pm and 6am.

Western Niger

A state of emergency has been in place in the urban municipality of Tillabéri since February 2019. The movement of motorcycles and cars is banned from 7pm to 6am, and the movement of pedestrians is banned from 10pm to 6am. Public meetings are banned, unless expressly permitted by the authorities. Defence and security forces are authorised to carry out searches, and to check identities, both day and night.

Following an incident on 9 August 2020 which killed six French nationals and 2 Nigeriens in Kouré, Tillabéri, a state of emergency is in place for the whole of Tillabéri apart from Niamey.

A state of emergency has also been in place in Ouallam, Ayorou, Bankilare, Abala and Banibongou (Tillabéri region) and Tassara and Tillia (Tahoua region) since March 2017.

Southern Niger

A state of emergency is in place in the states of Borno and Yobe in Nigeria, which border Niger. The border areas of the Maradi region are increasingly prone to banditry. Kidnap for Ransom and theft are particularly common.

In October 2020 an American was kidnapped (and later rescued in a US military operation in Nigeria) in Massalata near the border with Nigeria.

Road travel

The FCDO continues to advise against all travel to Niger. Travel within or out of Niger is at your own risk. Commercial flights are extremely limited. The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of travelling to any departure point within Niger.

You can drive in Niger using an International Driving Permit (IDP) for up to 3 months. If you’re staying longer than 3 months, you will need to get a Niger licence.

If you’re driving on an IDP, you should have the 1968 version IDP to drive in Niger. 1949 IDPs previously issued by the UK may no longer be accepted in Niger. You can only get IDPs over the counter from 2,500 UK Post Offices. You will not be able to buy an IDP outside the UK, so get one before you travel.

You should carry car registration documents with you at all times.

The main roads between Niamey and other large towns are generally satisfactory by African standards, but some roads are pot-holed, conditions are often worse during and just after rainy season. Driving standards are poor. Vehicles are often poorly lit at night and there is little street lighting. There have been reports of land mines being used in Burkina Faso on the road between Ouagadougou and Niamey. Seek local advice before making this journey.

Buses operate on routes between Niamey and other large towns, but distances are long and buses are prone to mechanical failure. There have also been incidents of Nigeriens being killed in the course of hold-ups and robberies on public transport buses travelling between Tahoua and Agadez and between Agadez and Arlit.

Taxis are available but are often in poor mechanical condition. Driving standards are poor.

You should avoid public transport where possible, including buses (usually connecting towns) and taxis.

In the case of an accident, you should go immediately to the nearest police station to file a report. Crowds can gather quickly and you may be vulnerable if you remain at the scene. Medical help in the event of an accident is likely to be limited.

Political situation

There has been a military takeover in Niger, which has led to protests and unrest.

The President of Niger, His Excellency Mohamed Bazoum, of the PNDS political party has been detained since 26 July.

On 28 July General Tchiani issued a statement on national television announcing himself as the new President of the National Council for the Sovereignty of the Homeland (CNSP).

Protests, marches and demonstrations can occur with little prior notice and can be violent. If you become aware of any nearby protests, marches or demonstrations, you should move away from the area immediately, as the atmosphere can change quickly and without warning.

Niger has contributed troops to the UN Peacekeeping Mission (MINUSMA) in neighbouring Mali and is committing troops to the regional fight against Boko Haram.

Consular assistance

If you are in Niger and need consular assistance, call the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos on +234 (1) 227 0780/ 0781/ 0782. If you experience technical difficulties or if you are in the UK and are worried about a British national in Niger, call +44 (0) 20 7008 5000. Consular assistance is available 24/7 through these numbers.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Niger. There is a heightened risk of attack in Niamey. Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without warning, including in places visited by foreigners. You should be especially vigilant and where possible avoid places frequented by foreigners, including diplomatic premises, conference centres, banks, bars, hotels, night clubs, restaurants, shopping areas, markets, supermarkets, public areas such as tourist attractions, airports and other transport hubs, places of worship (particularly churches), national parks and nature reserves, and businesses with Western interests. You should also avoid areas of symbolic importance, for example foreign, national or local government facilities. Large crowds may also be a target. You should be vigilant, monitor announcements and local media, and follow the advice of local authorities. Take particular care during festivities, and religious and public holiday periods.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad.

Avoid all large gatherings, including during national day celebrations and public holidays. Large gatherings can also include music festivals, sporting events and any public marches or demonstrations. There may be a heightened risk of attack during election periods and religious festivals including the month of Ramadan.

During public holidays and festivals, including New Year celebrations, security measures in Niger can be heightened due to the ongoing threat posed by terrorist organisations. During such periods you should exercise increased vigilance, limit your movements and continue to avoid large gatherings. If you think a particular venue would present a good target for terrorist activities then you should avoid it.

The government declared a state of emergency on 3 March 2017 in Diffa region, in Ouallam, Ayorou, Bankilare, Abala and Banibongou (Tillabéri region) and Tassara and Tillia (Tahoua region). This was in response to an escalation in terrorist attacks, especially in the Tillabéri region.

There have been multiple recent attacks in Niger, particularly in the Diffa and Tillabéri regions. Notable recent attacks include:

  • On 11 August 2022, an IED explosion took place in Bougoum (approximately 5km from Niamey city limits) killing two civilians.
  • On 7 June 2022, a Gendarme Post in Bougoum was attacked by armed individuals on motorbikes.
  • On 5 December 2021, terrorists killed 12 soldiers in an attack on a G5 Sahel Joint Force post in Tera, Tillaberi
  • On 2 November 2021, terrorists killed 69 members of a local self-defence group in Banibangou, Tillaberi
  • On 25 August 2021, terrorists killed 16 soliders in Baroua, Diffa
  • On 16 August 2021, terrorists killed 37 people in an attack in Banibangou
  • On 21 March 2021 over 137 people were killed in attacks in the Tahoua region
  • On 16 March 2021 over 58 people were killed in attacks in Banibangou in the Tillabéri region
  • On 2 January 2021 over 100 people were killed in attacks on two vilages (Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye) in the Tillabéri region
  • On 12 December 2020, terrorists killed 35 people in the village of Toumour in the region of Diffa, close to the border with Nigeria.
  • On 9 August 2020, gunmen killed 8 people, including 6 French nationals, at a giraffe reserve in Kouré
  • on 9 January 2020, terrorists killed 89 Nigerien soldiers at their base in Chinegodrar, Tillabéri

There is also a risk of terrorist attacks in the Parc du W, which is tri-national and shares an open border with Benin and Burkina Faso. Terrorist activity is increasing in south-eastern Burkina Faso, including confirmed terrorist attacks in the Parc. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) therefore advise against all travel to the Parc plus the contiguous Dosso and Tamou hunting zones.

There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.


There’s a very high threat of kidnapping by AQ-affiliated and other regional Islamist groups. These include Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) and Islamic State Greater Sahara (ISGS), who operate throughout Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso; and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram who operate in the Lake Chad Basin. Criminal groups also carry out kidnaps.

Westerners have been kidnapped in Niger and the wider Sahel region, including in Niamey and the north and west of Niger. In October 2020 an American was kidnapped (and rescued shortly after) in Massalata near the border with Nigeria. In September 2018, a Catholic priest was kidnapped in Makolondi, 125 km southwest of Niamey. An aid worker was kidnapped in the Tillabéri region of Niger in April 2018.

If you’re working or travelling in Niger, you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping. You should maintain a high level of vigilance at all times, including when travelling. You should be particularly vigilant when walking (in Niamey, you should not cross the bridges over the River Niger on foot at any time), in crowded public places, including camps for displaced people, religious gatherings and insecure spaces like places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, night clubs, restaurants, nature reserves and national parks, and transport hubs. You should make sure you have carefully considered the threat and have reasonable, proportionate mitigation measures in place.

British nationals are viewed as legitimate targets, including those engaged in tourism, humanitarian aid work, journalism or business sectors. If you’re kidnapped, the reason for your presence is unlikely to serve as a protection or secure your safe release.

The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners builds the capability of terrorist groups and finances their activities. This can, in turn, increase the risk of further hostage-taking. The Terrorism Act (2000) makes payments to terrorists illegal.

The terrorist threat in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin

There are a number of terrorist groups active in the region. These include JNIM, Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), Islamic State Greater Sahara (ISGS), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Murabitoun, Ansar Dine, Katiba Macina and Boko Haram. These groups are capable of carrying out attacks and kidnaps over long distances. Kidnapping for ransom is the primary source of finance for JNIM. Criminal gangs also carry out kidnapping for terrorist groups in return for financial rewards.

There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Niger is a Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions and dress in case they offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. In 2022, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on the 2 April and finish on the on 1 May. See Travelling during Ramadan.

Do not photograph military or government installations.

You should carry some form of identification at all times. This would normally mean your passport or residence permit. If you drive outside the main towns, the likelihood of having to produce some form of identification is high.

If you commit a criminal offence you will be subjected to local law. Local prison conditions are harsh.

There is no law criminalising homosexuality in Niger. However, there are laws under the Penal Code of 1993 covering ‘public outrage against modesty’ and ‘immodest/unnatural acts’. An ‘unnatural act’ with a person of the same sex who is under the age of 21 can be punishable by a fine of 10,000 to 100,000 francs and up to 3 years imprisonment. Although we are not aware of any prosecutions under this legislation, attitudes within society towards LGBT people can be discriminatory. You should exercise discretion. There are no laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and no legal recognition of same-sex couples. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

This page has information on travelling to Niger.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Niger set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Niger’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate.

All travellers

Entry to Niger is only permitted for Nigerien nationals, persons with valid residency and foreign nationals with valid visas.

For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate which covers the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

If you’re fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated travellers (not including boosters) do not require a PCR test to enter Niger. You must have received the last dose at least 4 weeks prior to travel and show proof of vaccination on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to quarantine on arrival.

Proof of vaccination status

Fully vaccinated travellers must show proof of vaccination and the last dose must have been given at least 4 weeks prior to travel. Fully vaccinated means a complete first course of vaccinations (i.e. 2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson), this does not include boosters.

You can use the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record to demonstrate your vaccination record when entering Niger. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

Travellers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours before arrival to the airport authorities. Before travelling, you should register and upload your PCR test results online on the Trusted Travel site. Unvaccinated travellers will need to quarantine for 7 days.

You can find a full list of approved COVID-19 testing laboratories on the Trusted Travel website. Details of how this policy is being implemented are not fully clear at this stage. You may be subject to temperature checks upon arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers who are staying in Niger for more than 7 days will need to quarantine at their final destination (home, hotel) for 7 days. On the 7th day of quarantine, you must take a COVID-19 antigen test at a Government agreed testing centre. If the test is negative, you can end your quarantine. If the test is positive, you must follow local guidance on quarantine procedures.

If you’re transiting through Niger

Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination. Check with your airline before departing.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is needed.


You will need a valid visa to enter Niger. You can now apply for a visa from the Nigerien Consulate in Milton Keynes (45 Ashford Crescent, Grange Farm, Milton Keynes, MK8 0LZ; Phone :+44 1908 038401l; Email:

Visit the consulate’s website for application forms, payment, and more information on requirements.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

All arrivals in Niger require a yellow fever certificate. Check additional requirements by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

If you have a health condition, or you are pregnant, you may need specialist healthcare abroad. Check whether your destination country can provide the healthcare you may need and ensure you have appropriate travel insurance for unexpected medical evacuation or local treatment.

See the Coronavirus travel health and Healthcare sections in the Coronavirus page for COVID-19 health information.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Health risks

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 53,000 adults aged 15 or over in Niger were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 0.8% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

Medical treatment

Medical facilities are poor, even in Niamey. Serious medical treatment would need evacuation to Europe. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Private hospitals and clinics are available, such as Polyclinic Magori (+227 20741291, or +227 20743347 in an emergency) and Clinique Gamkalley (+227 96964886, or +227 20734639 in an emergency).

You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

The rainy season in Niger is from May to November. Torrential rains can cause floods and landslides. You should monitor local weather reports and expect difficulties when travelling to affected areas during this season.

Niger is a cash based society. Credit cards are rarely accepted even in hotels and restaurants frequented by international clients. There are few ATMs. Banks accept travellers’ cheques. You will have to produce your passport and the receipt for the cheques from the issuing bank.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).

Foreign travel checklist

Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.

Travel safety

There has been a military takeover in Niger, which has led to protests and unrest.

The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can’t provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.

When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.

Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.

Refunds and cancellations

If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can’t offer a refund to their customers.

For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Previous versions of FCDO travel advice

If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCO travel advice. If you can’t find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice Team a request.

Further help

If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.

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