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Visitors to Nigeria Advised to be on Alert

January 24, 2023 • 10:10 am CST
U.S. Dept. of State map of Nigeria Jan 2023
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The U.S. Department of State updated its Level 3 Travel Advisory for the federal republic of Nigeria, located in west Africa.

Local media reported people should exercise caution around events in Lagos State from Jan. 23-24, 2023. And plan for localized transport disruptions.

As of January 23, 2023, the State Department says Do Not Travel to certain areas due to civil unrest:

  • Borno, Yobe, Kogi, and northern Adamawa states,
  • Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Zamfara states,
  • Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers states (except Port Harcourt).

Furthermore, the U.S. Consulate in Lagos provides all routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria. The U.S. Embassy Abuja can only provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Abuja.

U.S. citizens in Nigeria who require assistance should contact [email protected] or +234 1 460 3410.

Additionally, they should enroll in the Smart Traveler Program to receive alerts and facilitate extraction during emergencies.

From a health perspective, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises future Nigeria visitors to speak with a travel vaccine advisory about one month before departure.

The CDC has recently issued various Travel Health notices for Nigeria's disease outbreaks, such as yellow fever, polio, measles, and Mpox.