The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice. In the event of a crisis situation that requires evacuation, the Government of Canada’s policy is to provide safe transportation to the closest safe location. The Government of Canada will assist you in leaving a country or a region as a last resort, when all means of commercial or personal transportation have been exhausted. This service is provided on a cost-recovery basis. Onward travel is at your personal expense. Situations vary from one location to another, and there may be constraints on government resources that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide assistance, particularly in countries or regions where the potential for violent conflict or political instability is high.
Niamey (see Advisory)
Although the security situation has improved in Niamey, the threat of kidnapping is very present, as highlighted by the interception by Niger security forces of a terrorist cell within a few kilometers of Niamey in mid-August 2012. Evidence points to a kidnapping attempt. Remain extremely vigilant, limit your movement and avoid travelling after dark. All travel between the airport and Niamey must be done in convoy of at least two vehicles.
Areas bordering Nigeria
A state of emergency is in effect in the Nigerian states of Borno and Yobe, which border southeast Niger. Instability in these provinces could spill over into Niger.
The French and Nigerien militaries have been assisting the Malian government in efforts to repel armed rebels. Terrorist groups in the region declared their intention to increase attacks and kidnappings. Citizens of countries supporting the military intervention are at particular risk, but all travellers should exercise increased vigilance in the region.
On May 23, 2013, two car bombs exploded simultaneously, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another at a uranium mine in Arlit. As many as 26 people were killed and many others were injured.
Bandits and terrorist groups exist in certain isolated regions of the country. Avoid the areas north of the Tahoua-Zinder-Diffa axis because of banditry and the risk of armed hold-ups.
There is a risk to personal safety throughout the country. There are concerns about the risk of kidnapping by the group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. As a result of this risk, avoid all travel to isolated areas, particularly to the regions of Tillabéry, Tahoua, Arlit and Agadez, as well as in the border regions with Mali and Burkina Faso.
Foreign nationals have been kidnapped. In August 2012, Niger security forces intercepted a terrorist cell within a few kilometers of Niamey. Use varied and unpredictable routes and schedules when moving from one place to another, remain extremely vigilant, limit your movement and avoid travelling after dark.
There is a moderate level of crime in Niger, including in the capital. However, muggings, armed assaults and theft can happen. In Niamey, pickpocketing and purse snatching also occur. Foreign nationals in particular are targeted.
Avoid walking after dark and displaying any signs of affluence in public. Do not leave valuables or bags unattended.
Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. They can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, especially those organized by students, workers or political figures, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Cases of attempted fraud are frequently reported. See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.
Except for main routes, roads are generally in poor condition throughout the country. Local driving habits, bicycles, mopeds, pedestrians, roaming farm animals, slow-moving donkey carts, and broken-down vehicles pose hazards.
Avoid travelling within the country unless it is essential. Undertake all travel during daylight hours, in a convoy of several vehicles in excellent mechanical condition and accompanied by an experienced driver. Bring sufficient supplies of food and water as well as a medical kit. Lock car doors and keep windows shut at all times. Carrying a satellite phone is recommended when travelling in remote areas. Emergency roadside or medical assistance is unavailable.
Avoid all travel after dark. Nightime attacks on tourists have been reported in most of the country (on the roads between Agadez and Arlit, Agadez and Tahoua, in the city of Zinder, on the road between Tillabéry and Niamey).
Do not leave the main roads. Landmines are present in the northern region of Agadez and continue to cause occasional injuries and deaths.
In case of an accident, report to the nearest police station to file a report.
Public transportation is not recommended, including transportation organized by hotels. Consider hiring a driver for your stay in Niger.
See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
General safety information
Carry identification at all times and safely store photocopies of passports, visas, and travel documents. Keep a photocopy of your passport in case of loss or seizure.