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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Restricted Movement outside Niamey’s City Limits

January 30, 2013

The U.S. Embassy in Niger informs U.S. citizens of a new practice implemented by the Nigerien government.  Beginning on January 30, all Westerners wishing to travel outside the city of Niamey must have a security escort.  This policy has been enacted for the safety and security of all Westerners. 

If you wish to travel outside the city limits (péage), have your organization communicate with its usual contact at the Gendarmerie to request a security escort, or the Police to request an exception.  If you are not affiliated with an organization, contact the U.S. Embassy at (+227) 20-72-26-61.  U.S. citizens, attempting to leave the city limits without taking a Nigerien government security escort, or proper authorization, should expect to be stopped by security officials.

There have been no reported problems with air travel (the airport is inside the city limits).

The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens remain vigilant, review their personal security plans, and take appropriate steps to increase their personal security.

You can get Embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android marketplace, to have travel information at your fingertips.  If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  

If you are going to live in or travel to Niger, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program- STEP.  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Niamey is located on Rue des Ambassades, tel. (+227) 20-72-26-61.  The Embassy fax numbers are (+227) 20-73-31-67 and (+227) 20-72-31-46.

The after-hours emergency number is tel. (+227) 20-72-31-41.  Be ready to first state your name, phone number, and the reason you are calling.