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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (August 9, 2023)
August 9, 2023

Location:  Niamey

Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to shelter in place, limit unnecessary movements around town, and continue to avoid transiting the downtown and Presidential Palace area.  There may be an increase in security force presence in the downtown area (to monitor demonstrations) so it is important to be cautious, limit movement and avoid any protests.  A curfew is in effect during evening hours for U.S. Embassy personnel.

Niger’s airspace is closed until further notice.  The airport is closed and commercial flights to and from Niamey are suspended.  Niger’s borders are also closed.

The embassy is aware of reports of scarcity of cash and some goods.  There is no information as to when scarce resources will be replenished.  Please do your best to plan accordingly.

Please contact the U.S. Embassy for emergency U.S. citizen services.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area near the Presidential Palace.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Make contingency plans to leave.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Niger visa.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Monitor local media for updates.