Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (July 22, 2020)

Location:  Niger

Event:  Airport Status and Embassy Operations

The Nigerien Ministry of Public Health has confirmed 1,113 cases of COVID-19 in Niger, including 69 deaths.

On July 17, the government of Niger announced that commercial international flights into Niger’s international airports will resume on August 1, 2020.  Travelers arriving at international airports will have their temperature taken, will be asked to complete a medical information card, and will be interviewed by a Ministry of Health staff.  Any traveler could be tested for COVID-19 at the airports in Niger.  All travelers should provide evidence that they are COVID-free by presenting a negative COVID-19 test dated within the previous 72 hours.  The testing includes a rapid COVID-19 test or a nasal swab for polymerase chain reaction (PCR).  Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 at the airports will be automatically isolated at a governmental isolation site at the passenger’s expense.  Passengers should expect to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days upon their arrival in Niger.

For flights departing Niger’s international airports, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of their flight.  Niger’s Center for Medical Research and Health (CERMES) in Niamey currently process COVID-19 testing.

Land borders have been closed since March 19, except for merchandise and passengers with special permission.

Once more clarifying information becomes available, we will send follow-up messages to the U.S. citizen community in Niger and post the updates on our Embassy’s COVID-19 information web page:

Consular Services

Routine consular services remain suspended, including routine passport renewals, notarial services, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services also remain suspended.  However, the Embassy will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa and American Citizen Services (ACS).  If you are a U.S. citizen requiring assistance, including emergency passport due to urgent travel, please e-mail our consular team at

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U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger

+227 20 72 26 61

+227 99 49 90 66 (after-hours)