The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the US State Department have both warned about the likelihood of terror attacks and abductions in Niger. Please factor this in to your travel risk management plan, and make sure you have appropriate insurance in place and have undergone the correct training. If you are sending employers to Niger, please make sure you have fulfilled all your duty of care considerations.
The FCO advises against all but essential travel to most of the country, with all travel advised against for some regions.
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
- all areas of the country north of the city of Abalak, including the Aïr 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 Tillabéri province north of Niamey, including the road from Niamey to Gao and the road from Niamey to Menaka;
- areas within 40km of the border with Nigeria in Diffa, Zinder and Maradi provinces
- the Parc du W, plus the contiguous Dosso and Tamou hunting zones
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Niger, including the capital city Niamey.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Niger, including kidnapping. There is a threat of retaliatory attacks in Niger due to its participation in the French-led intervention in Mali and due to Niger’s involvement in the regional fight to counter Boko Haram. See Terrorism.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/niger
#Niger Security Alert: Following the recent abduction of a foreign national near the Burkina Faso border, we continue to warn U.S. citizens about the risks of kidnapping and terrorism in Niger and to take necessary precautions. https://t.co/ajXWdFlydE pic.twitter.com/b9zTGswxc6
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) September 19, 2018
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