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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy in Niger (January 15, 2021)
January 15, 2021

Location:  Niger

Event:  COVID-19 Updates in Niger and Information for Travelers Going to the U.S.

As of January 14, the Nigerien Ministry of Public Health has confirmed 4,058 cases of COVID-19 in Niger, including 1,171 active cases, 2,750 recoveries, and 137 deaths.

Niger is currently under a national health state of emergency due to the COVID-19.  Restaurants, markets, and stores are open.  However, bars, night clubs, and performance venues have been ordered closed since December 24, 2020.  Large gatherings for weddings, funerals, and baptisms are banned.

For flights departing Niger’s international airports, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of their departure.

Information for Travelers Returning to the United States:

Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding.  ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

If you are planning to travel to Niger or if you are currently in Niger and planning to return to the U.S., you should contact your airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers.  Because airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement CDC’s new rule, you should contact the carrier for your U.S.-bound flight and not rely on information from other carriers or information or experience from previous trips.


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