Location: Niger (countrywide)
Event: In response to the spread of COVID-19 in Niger, President Issoufou announced a state of emergency for the entire country, starting at midnight on March 28, 2020. Additionally, a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will be in effect starting on March 28, 2020 for the city of Niamey. The city of Niamey will be subject to a health confinement for a period of two weeks starting March 29 at midnight. The measures will take place for two weeks and may be renewed by the government of Niger.
The President called for the extension of COVID-19 prevention measures announced March 20, including the closing of all schools and the banning of gatherings of 50 people or more, including religious events, workshops, and seminars. People must continue to respect a personal distance of at least one meter in open spaces, restaurants, businesses, airports, and public places.
In the event you are arrested or detained, request the authorities to contact the U.S. Embassy to advise us of your situation.
Actions to Take:
- Abide by the curfew and stay indoors between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., if in Niamey.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Avoid crowds.
- Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
- Carry proper identification.
- Review the Embassy’s Message to U.S. Citizens Seeking Repatriation to the United States.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Niger.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.